Poppy Day used to be a big deal in Canada, even in downtown Toronto where I used to live. It’s because a Canadian wrote “In Flanders Fields” during World War I which is a poem every Canadian once knew. Its first words are:
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
between the crosses row on row
that mark our place.”
This is why poppies are sold and worn on Remembrance Day everywhere. Don Cherry is something like Richie Benaud in Canada, although I don’t think he ever played hockey, or not at the top level. But he was to hockey commentary what Richie Benaud was in cricket. Here is the story that goes back to November 11, but this is the best telling I have heard.
As anyone interesting in hockey or politics already knows, Don Cherry of Coach’s Corner fame was fired on Monday, Remembrance Day, for saying on the air that immigrants should wear their poppies and have some respect for the fallen soldiers just like the rest of us. He had the effrontery to actually say “you people” so all the friggin’ SJWs went nuts and now Don is fired.
Full disclosure, most of what I know about Don Cherry is he likes loud suits. I don’t watch Hockey Night in Canada. I hate hockey, I hate television, so I never was a fan of Don Cherry for the most part, except the suits. They were flashy.
I looked him up, he’s been wearing his loud suits and doing Hockey Night in Canada since 1980. 39 years of television. That’s longer than the Ed Sullivan Show. Its about the same length of time Ed Sullivan was a broadcaster. But Don didn’t die in the saddle like Ed, he had his horse shot out from under him by SJWs.SJWs like these women here. CTV television, The Social. Watch the clip… if you can. Its racist in the full dictionary sense of the word, also stupid and disgusting.#fireJessAllen is trending on Twitter, and with good reason. Jessie Rae Allen came right out and said white boys who play hockey are bullies and morons. Her exact words are in the video clip, but I’ll reproduce them in case it gets memory-holed:
“I don’t worship at the altar of hockey. I never have,” Allen said, “and maybe it’s because of where I grew up and going to a couple of different universities. There’s a certain type of person in my mind, in my experience, who does.”
Allen continued saying, “And they all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, very nice. They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies.”
“Their parents were able to afford to put them, you know, spend $5,000 a year on minor hockey.” Allen suggests that the money would be better suited to travelling and learning about the world.
She concluded her statements saying that Don Cherry is a “representative” of the type of person that Allen is talking about. Allen acknowledged that Cherry has “done some good things” but added
“Whether he’s charming or not, but he’s still a bigot and a misogynist.”Generally I don’t believe in people getting fired for talking, not even talking on television. Free country, you are free to run your mouth. Be all the jackass you can be, I don’t care.But this is not “generally”.
They fired Don Cherry after 39 years for saying the truth: Downtown Toronto, nobody wears a poppy. Mississauga, Brampton, nobody wears a poppy. And they should. Because people died for them to be free. Acknowledging that sacrifice is part of being a Canadian. That’s what he said, and they fired him.Jesse Allen said white boys are bullies, idiots and bigots. Don Cherry is white, a bigot and a misogynist, and it was GREAT that they fired him.Comparing Mr. Cherry to Ms. Allen, she’s a whole new level of bigoted. Hockey players and people who watch hockey are uncultured White hicks who hate immigrants, women and the outside world.So if they fired Don Cherry, they BETTER fire Jesse Allan.You Lefties wanted new rules? No problem. Now you can live in fear of your job just like Conservatives do.
Seen first at Blazing Cat Fur (hi Arney!) we have The Apology from Jess Allen and CTV. From the Blob & Snail:
CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry.
As apologies go, its very legal boilerplate. Bottom line, -real- racism gets a pass, Jess Allen keeps her job, Don Cherry still very fired.
So no surprises here. Business as usual, shut up and get back to work you useless proles.
Upperdate: Full CTV statement:“CTV’s The Social is based on opinion and debate about current issues, and we often hear from viewers who don’t agree with some of the perspectives on the show.However, Jessica Allen’s comments about hockey have generated an extraordinary response. We’ve been touched by the stories we’ve heard from Canadians everywhere, including families from Humboldt, about what the game means to them. That matters to us.We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the remarks, and let you know your feedback sparked much debate and introspection at The Social and CTV. We won’t restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we’ll always listen to viewers when they offer theirs.”
You know, the full Q&A schtick. So let me put it this way:
if they can re-elect Justin Trudeau they are as stupid a nation as the world now can find.