Legendary NHL Broadcaster Don Cherry Fired For Saying Immigrants Should Honor Veterans
Common sense isn’t very common, and that’s becoming more and more obvious as time passes. We don’t value the things that used to unify us, like patriotism, and respecting one another. A lot of that could be attributed to the sweeping demographic changes in our country, but the U.S. isn’t alone when it comes to people seeing their way of life being railroaded.
Patriotic Canadians are now being demonized for daring to say that fallen veterans deserve respect from those who call Canada home. On Monday night, Don Cherry became the latest victim in the culture war.
On Canada’s Remembrance Day, which is in the same vein as the United States’ Memorial Day, Cherry made the comment that he didn’t appreciate it that so many people weren’t participating in the national tradition of wearing “poppy” pins.
“You people love — you, that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life, that you enjoy in Canada.'”
Comment that got Don Cherry fired:
“People … come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk & honey. At least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies .. These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price." pic.twitter.com/QWoQPaiY47
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 11, 2019
The president of Sportsnet issued the following statement:
“Sports bring people together — it unites us, not divides us. Following further discussions with Don Cherry after Saturday night’s broadcast, it has been decided it is the right time for him to immediately step down. During the broadcast, he made divisive remarks that do not represent our values or what we stand for.”
Statement from Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/LRKrww0AQ1
— Sportsnet PR (@SportsnetPR) November 11, 2019
According to Sportsnet, supporting veterans is “divisive”. How’s that for backwards?
We can laugh at Canada all we want, but they are hardly alone when it comes to seeing their culture shift. As it stands, we are living in a society that praises those who participate in bad behavior, as opposed to praising those for living a good life.
That’s how we fell in this societal mess. We tell people like Mr. Cherry to stick it, when all he wanted was for his fellow countrymen to feel the same sense of pride in his country that he does.
Fortunately, Cherry isn’t going to back down from his comments. He doubled down.
“I speak the truth and I walk the walk,” he said. “I have visited the bases of the troops, been to Afghanistan with our brave soldiers at Christmas, been to cemeteries of our fallen around the world and honored our fallen troops on ‘Coach’s Corner.’”
“To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot.”
The world needs more men like Don Cherry who are willing to stand for what is right, even when his livelihood is on the line. That takes guts. Real guts.