Sportsnet has done the right thing and officially cut ties with Don Cherry. If you didn’t hear, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Cherry’s anti-immigrant comments during his segment this weekend:
Here is Sportsnet’s official statement:
Now Ron MacLean actually apologized for not stopping that Crusty Raisin In A Suit. He’s very genuine in his apology so he is above Cherry in my book.
And for all the people saying “He SaId NoThInG wRoNg!!1!”
You’re apart of the problem.
He is not calling out ALL CANADIAN people who don’t wear poppies- he’s specifically targeting immigrants, blaming them and saying that they are a problem. Cherry literally says “You people… that come here… you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey” as if to say that the immigrants who came to the country aren’t equal to him or any other Canadian. Cherry was specifically targeting immigrants. It’s xenophobic and ignorant.
Cherry should have been off the air a long time ago. His views are outdated and he would just make an ass of himself and Sportsnet every week.
A number of reporters spoke up about the situation as well with their own stories:
Please read this article by Sunaya Sapurji! It’s fantastic!!
On top of that, saying “Cherry has worked there forever!!!” or “I’ve been watching him since I was a kid!” doesn’t mean shit either. He worked there and he’s offended people before but always gotten away with it. Sunaya Sapurji talks about how on numerous occasions Cherry made fun of people who are just trying to live. Plus yeah you watched him when you were a kid? Grow up and welcome to real life where you can’t hide behind your ignorance and prejudice anymore.
Guess what Boomers, times are changing so grow up.
Saying you want a guy that blames immigrants and creates division in the hockey world shows a lot about you and your morals. You’re probably the people who complain about Hockey Is For Everyone. Sorry, we don’t want to live in a world where people feel alienated and made fun of for something they enjoy.
I’d also like to point out how Cherry hasn’t apologized either. So keep your memories and move on.
Can I also suggest that we give all of his suits to PK Subban? He wore them better anyway.
Now if you would listen to the chorus (1:12) on repeat. I’ll leave you with this:
Featured Image: Toronto Sun