With political correctness reigning supreme in the world day, it’s getting difficult to hope that common sense and free speech will survive long.
Among the many third rails in liberal politics is immigration, with the American left and their media allies having so successfully conflated illegal immigration with the lawful process of immigrating.
Something legendary hockey broadcaster and analyst Don Cherry found out the hard way when he dared criticize immigrants in Canada for not embracing the tradition of wearing poppies to honor fallen Canadian soldiers — the poppy is usually worn in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day, which was Sunday, Nov. 11.
“You people love, they come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey,” Cherry said Saturday in a segment of Coach’s Corner. “The least you could pay [is] a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price.”
The remark triggered liberals far and wide, resulting in unhinged claims that Cherry is racist and xenophobic — the same complaints routinely hurled at President Trump and the shrinking number of Republican lawmakers who advocate for a secure border.
(The 85-year-old Cherry’s real crime in the eyes of some progressives is being old and white.)
Here’s one such example of a social media user whining about Cherry’s “disgusting anti-immigrant rant.”
— Amber Matthews (@theraiserswire) November 10, 2019
Canada’s Sportsnet wasted no time appeasing the liberal mob, moving swiftly to fire Cherry for making “divisive remarks.”
“Sports brings 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,” Sportsnet president Bart Yabsley said in a statement. “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
As for Cherry, he’s not about to back down in support of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers,” Cherry told the Sun.
“I speak the truth and I walk the walk. 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,” he added. ” I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.”
As for Canada’s immigrant population, here’s a snapshot from the 2016 Census.
The online reaction to Cherry being fired was pretty intense, as well. Sportsnet finds itself taking heat for its knee-jerk reaction, with some social media users calling for a boycott of the network.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Canada has lots of snowflakes and cancel culture is strong with you. He’s telling people to appreciate veterans and their freedoms and if that upsets you get over it. Virtue signaling people with no heart or perspective suck so bad!
— James (@hammeljames) November 11, 2019
Pathetic decision. The lefties take out a conservative for speaking the truth. Could he have said it nicer? Yes but that’s not who he is. What a joke our society is today. When he says “you people” he’s not talking about every single person.
— KMAC (@KMcCormick1968) November 11, 2019
Only in Canada-USA can you get fired for saying people who like our milk & honey should buy a poppy; but if you dress in blackface you’re the PM or if you go to brothels, smoke crack while getting $1B from China as VP son you’re untouched! @T_S_P_O_O_K_Y @dbongino @JesseBWatters
— Alps @ N 53“ W 124“ (@HeidiAlpine) November 11, 2019
Bravo @Sportsnet for courageously firing Don Cherry on Remembrance Day. What he has done is unforgivable. If only he’d worn blackface multiple times instead of asking people to wear poppies! Alas, there is no walking back his vile comments honouring & respecting our veterans.
— King George V (@metebelis_3) November 12, 2019
Most of the rage PC Culture Vultures aren’t even Canadians, nor prevalent to the subject matter. (HNIC) Here’s proof. A hot button topic occurs and then they viciously attack. Does Don Cherry actually deserve such bereavement, or should his whole character be analyzed. pic.twitter.com/6cwKeHZVGQ
— Patricia Maxwell (@RacyKona11) November 12, 2019
#DonCherryisRight-noticed it myself-people want to move here for the freedoms we have but cannot show respect on Remembrance Day to soldiers who fought for that freedom-that allowed them to live here. Firing him is just complete bs.
— Renee (@LivinMyBst) November 11, 2019
I will not buy the products of those who advertise with Sportsnet.#DonCherryIsRight
— Nicole_in_AB (@nicole_in_AB) November 11, 2019
So apparently you do not stand up for our vets.
OK, that’s fine.
I won’t support anything you broadcast, or support any sponsor who advertises with you.
And I’ll ask all my friends to do the same.
— Concrete Mayor (@concretemayor) November 12, 2019
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