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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:11 PM

How far is too far for Don Cherry?

Full article here: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-how-far-is-too-far-for-don-cherry/

On Saturday night, as part of his annual Remembrance Day tribute to Canada’s veterans on Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry ranted angrily that, in Mississauga, where he lives, and downtown Toronto “nobody wears the poppy.” Jabbing his index finger repeatedly toward the camera, he said: “You people love – they 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 a poppy or something like that. These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.”

In his statement posted on Sunday to the Twitter account of Sportsnet PR, Yabsley seemed as stunned as Capt. Renault: “Don’s discriminatory comments are offensive and they do not represent our values and what we stand for as a network. We have spoken with Don about the severity of this issue and we sincerely apologize for these divisive remarks.”

Cherry’s apologies have been rare and usually made only under extreme pressure – sometimes of the legal variety. On the opening night of the 2011-12 season, Cherry laced into three former NHL enforcers, calling them “pukes” and “hypocrites,” for suggesting the league’s fighting culture – of which Cherry is the greatest cheerleader – had caused the substance-abuse problems of fellow tough guys. It took more than a week, and the threat of a lawsuit from the three former players, before Cherry apologized.

On Sunday night, almost 24 hours after his “you people” comments, nobody had yet heard from Cherry. But his sidekick, Ron MacLean, who had sat in silence during Cherry’s rant and then concluded the segment with an oddly robotic thumbs-up, offered an earnest apology that included references to Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

Opening the broadcast of Rogers Hometown Hockey, of which he is the host, MacLean told viewers that Cherry’s remarks “were hurtful, discriminatory [and] flat-out wrong.”

“We know diversity is the strength of the country. We see it in the travels with our show, and with Hockey Night in Canada. So – I owe you an apology, too,” he said. “I sat there, did not catch it, did not respond. Kathryn Teneese of Ktunaxa First Nation once said, in any wrongdoing, the real key is recognition and acknowledgment. I wanted to let you know that first – and then you work on the relationship, so that it isn’t divisive, so that something can be a unifying event. Idle No More was a great lesson to all of us. Last night was a really great lesson to Don and me. We were wrong, and I sincerely apologize, and I wanted to thank you for calling me and Don on that last night.”


Don has such a history of saying shitty things, they didn't even have to reference his "commie pinko" rant about Toronto cyclists when he was stumping for Rob Ford. Further proof that cancel culture just isn't a thing for well-known media personalities. They get to just keep coming back and coming back.

Don, your 15 minutes were up years ago.

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Reply How far is too far for Don Cherry? (Original post)
Saviolo Nov 2019 OP
RandySF Nov 2019 #1
RandySF Nov 2019 #2
OAITW r.2.0 Nov 2019 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 2019 #5
OAITW r.2.0 Nov 2019 #6
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 2019 #7
Saviolo Nov 2019 #11
Haggis for Breakfast Nov 2019 #15
Saviolo Nov 2019 #4
WePurrsevere Nov 2019 #8
Saviolo Nov 2019 #10
WePurrsevere Nov 2019 #12
healthnut7 Nov 2019 #9
Saviolo Nov 2019 #13
SaintLouisBlues Nov 2019 #14
C_eh_N_eh_D_eh Nov 2019 #16

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:13 PM

1. JFC, he was old when I was a kid. He's still working?

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:47 PM

2. Cherry is gone.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:06 PM

3. I'll miss his conservative tastes in business suits.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:57 PM

5. I often wondered WHERE he got those suits.

It's too sad that he has degenerated into an angry, bitter old man. For you younger folks, there was actually a time when he was funny, did good commentary and provided some interesting "color" (as in anecdotes) to the game. I have always felt a little sorry for Ron, who had to sit there and endure Don as he melted and morphed into an old man who should have retired years ago. Coaches Corner used to be a must-view for the week's wrap up.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:05 PM

6. He was the Boston Bruin's coach for too many years....

Just for CANUS hockey enthusiasts!

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:13 PM

7. I think that he never got over the Jack Adams Award

('76) and thought he could get away with anything.

But, those suits . . . . even horses were jealous !

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:38 AM

11. Mostly it was drapery fabric from Fabricland.

My mom sews. Years and years ago, we found a Hallowe'en costume pattern for a kimono, and she made me a housecoat based on that pattern. It was super comfy, big sleeves, nice waist tie. She just made it with a plain cotton fabric with a nice pattern. Well, I wore it to pieces. So, she got this very serious heavy cotton drapery fabric from Fabricland and made me a new one that was much hardier, and also had this really nice dramatic black and white pattern on it.

Fast forward a couple of years, and I'm in a bar and Coach's Corner is on one of the TVs, and there's Don Cherry wearing a suit with the exact same pattern as my drapery fabric housecoat.

So... do the curtains match the Grapes? (ba-dum-tssh)

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 06:00 PM

15. "So . . . do the curtains . . ."

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Response to RandySF (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:10 PM

4. Amazing!

His climate change denial wasn't enough.

His calling cyclists in Toronto "commie pinkos" wasn't enough.

His comments about Europeans and French Canadians weren't enough.

His calling enforcers from the game "hypocrites" for wanting less fighting (because it leads to drug dependencies) wasn't enough.

It's finally caught up to him.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:44 PM

8. Apparently some of my Canadian family are...

Upset that this man was fired. After reading a bit about him I can't help but wonder what took so long? Geesh

ETA after being corrected: This is a Canadian satire site...
https://www.thebeaverton.com/2019/11/fabricland-files-for-bankruptcy-after-biggest-customer-fired-from-coachs-corner/

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Response to WePurrsevere (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 11:33 AM

10. The Beaverton is Canada's The Onion

That was just a satire article

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 12:07 PM

12. Thank you! I didn't know that. I thought it was a bit odd...

But my Canadian cousin posted it straight and while I'm very familiar with the big US satire sorces, I'm still learning about Canadian ones.

I'll edit my post too.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 02:06 AM

9. What?

He stumped for Rob Ford???? OMG!!! He really has lost it. He's no stranger to saying terrible things that's for sure.

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Response to healthnut7 (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 01:19 PM

13. Stumped is probably the wrong word.

He was a big supporter though, and presented Rob Ford with the chain of office during his swearing in, and had some totally non-divisive words aimed at the "lefty kooks" and "pinkos" of Toronto during that.

https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/2679608-cherry-slams-pinko-lefties-at-rob-ford-s-inaugural-toronto-council-meeting/

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 03:06 PM

14. The Don Cherry Playoff Wardrobe Retrospective: (2014, Part II)

Good riddance to the wing-nut dinosaur.





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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Tue Nov 12, 2019, 07:59 PM

16. He'll be on Rebel Media by the end of the week.

Or hell, if the Tories decide to dump Scheer...

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