Weekend Reads Complaints about Don Cherry’s ‘you people’ remark overwhelm broadcast standards body
Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant comments
Sportsnet apologizes for Don Cherry's anti-immigrant commentsSportsnet president Bart Yabsley says Cherry's comments are offensive and discriminatory.
The organization that maintains broadcast standards says it can no longer handle anymore complaints about Don Cherry’s “you people” comment that he made on live television Saturday.
“The (Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council) has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach’s Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities,” a notice on theread.
“Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints.”
Cherry Bomb: Sportsnet cuts ties with Cherry in aftermath of poppy controversy
TORONTO — Brash, outspoken, opinionated — longtime hockey broadcaster Don Cherry was never afraid to ruffle feathers during his "Coach's Corner" segment on "Hockey Night in Canada." His latest outburst cost him his job. In a two-paragraph statement Monday afternoon, Sportsnet confirmed that it was cutting ties with Cherry. His latest outburst cost him his job.
Don Cherry is way off base to question the devotion of newer Canadians to the very same veterans and the sacrifices we will honour tomorrow on Remembrance Day. His comments are unfair and just plain wrong.— John Tory (@JohnTory)
Mr. Cherry should come to Old City Hall tomorrow where he would see thousands of Canadians of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds honouring our veterans and demonstrating their love for Canada and our precious way of life, as they do every year.— John Tory (@JohnTory)
It’s unclear how many complaints the CBSC received exactly, as no one responded to the National Post’s interview requests by publication time.
Cherry insinuated that immigrants weren’t “good Canadians” because he saw so few people in downtown Toronto wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, during a Coach’s Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada.
#BoycottSportsnet Is Actually Trending After Don Cherry Was Fired On Monday
Some people even cancelled their Rogers accounts!On November 11, news broke that Hockey Night in Canada host Cherry had been relieved of his duties following comments he made about Remembrance Day and immigrants during his last broadcast two days previously.
“You people … love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for a poppy.” He then began pointing his finger at the camera, “These guys paid for your way of life, the life you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price.”
Hockey commentator Don Cherry is in the limelight yet again, this time for complaining that he rarely sees people he believes to be new immigrants wearing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130)
Cherry’s comments sparked outrage on social media, accusing him of being racist and creating an “us versus them” mentality.
Ron MacLean begins Hometown Hockey by addressing the comments Don Cherry made last night and apologizing— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett)
The hockey personality caught so much flak, the president of Sportsnet issued an apology Sunday morning.
Scott Stinson: Eventually Don Cherry really stepped in it, as it always seemed he would
Six years ago this month, when Rogers Communications dropped a five-billion-dollar bomb on the Canadian television landscape when it scooped up the national NHL broadcast rights, one of the most talked about questions was what it meant for Don Cherry . That this was one of the most talked about questions was indicative of just how incredibly outsized Cherry’s role as Canada’s Great Hockey Crank had become. The NHL rights deal had blown up the plans of TSN, the CBC, and was a massively risky bet for Rogers, but the big uncertainty was: what would it mean for Coach’s Corner? What if, gasp, the old guy dressed like grandma’s curtains wasn’t around to grouse about the old d
If any of our broadcasters had a shred of principle, Don Cherry would have been fired a decade ago.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling)
“Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network,” Bart Yabsley wrote. “We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.”
Cohost Ron MacLean, who sat idly while Cherry went on his rant, also issued an apology Sunday.
Don Cherry has certainly tainted the poppy for me by politicizing it and using it to berate immigrants. Well done. I won’t be forced or bullied into anything because grumpy, entitled men want to tell me what respect is and find another way to boss— sarbjit kaur (@sarbjitkaur1) around.
“I want to sincerely apologize to our viewers and Canadians,” he tweeted. “During last night’s broadcast, Don made comments that were hurtful and prejudiced and I wish I had handled myself differently. It was a divisive moment and I am truly upset with myself for allowing it.”
A Pro-Hockey Team From Russia Just Offered Don Cherry A Job & A New Suit
Looks like his career might not be over.HC Dynamo Moscow, a professional hockey team from Russia, has thrown their support behind Cherry and actually offered him a job with the team.
People also criticized MacLean, theto the sometimes-fanatic Cherry, for his complacency during the show.
I'm receiving tweets from right-wing American accounts supporting— Rev. Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) . I wonder if they know how many soldiers from India, Africa, China, etc had died fighting fascism before the US entered the war?
Let the events of Don Cherry on the weekend remind hockey that if it doesn't change and look forward, the game may be left behind, with more people turning away or kept outside. If those who helm it think it's a great game-- which I do-- it should be great for everyone.— dave bidini (@hockeyesque)
Ron MacLean in Edmonton for honorary degree from U of A in midst of Cherry controversy .
Long-time sports broadcaster Ron MacLean was in Edmonton Tuesday to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta. MacLean's visit to Edmonton comes in the midst of a nation-wide controversy: his Hockey Night in Canada co-host Don Cherry was fired by Sportsnet following comments where Cherry appeared to say newcomers to Canada don't wear poppies. MacLean faced criticism for not intervening as his on-air partner made the comments, but made an apology shortly after the incident, saying Cherry's words were "hurtful and discriminatory.
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