Don Cherry: Commentator faces backlash over poppy feedback

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The 85-year-old singled out immigrants for not sporting poppies.


Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry has prompted controversy for complaining that he not often sees folks he believes to be new immigrants sporting Remembrance Day poppies.

Talking on the Hockey Evening in Canada present, the 85-year-old singled out Toronto immigrants for not sporting poppies.


“Not less than you may pay a pair bucks for a poppy,” he stated.

Many have known as Mr Cherry’s feedback offensive and factually incorrect.

What did he say?

“You folks… you’re keen on our lifestyle, you’re keen on our milk and honey, no less than you may pay a pair bucks for a poppy or one thing like that,” Mr Cherry stated.

“These guys paid on your lifestyle that you just get pleasure from in Canada, these guys paid the largest value.”

Whereas some on social media supported Mr Cherry’s feedback, many known as them ignorant and ill-informed.

“Remembrance day will not be about poppies. It’s about respect. All immigrants I’ve identified demonstrated respect, for Canada & for others. Don Cherry doesn’t. Time for him to go,” wrote one consumer on Twitter.

“We do not honour the sacrifice of those that died in battle by sowing division or mistrust,” wrote Paula Simons, an impartial senator from Alberta.

A flamboyant and controversial character

By Jessica Murphy, BBC Information in Canada

Don Cherry has been on Canadian tv screens for many years.

The onetime ice hockey participant and coach launched his profession as a commentator for Canada’s beloved recreation within the 1980s.

He’s arguably one of the crucial recognisable Canadians, his superstar constructed by means of his look on Coach’s Nook, a section of Hockey Evening in Canada – tv staple since 1952.

Mr Cherry is well-known for his hockey commentary and sharp eye for the sport, for his flamboyant, custom-made fits and his blunt method.

His feedback on points like preventing in hockey, feminine sports activities reporters in dressing rooms, French-Canadians and “pinkos” that “trip bicycles and every part” have continuously landed him in sizzling water.

However he has additionally lengthy been identified for his fierce assist of Canada’s army, their households and their causes.

Others poked enjoyable on the iconic commentator.

“Simply realized my poppy fell off this morning. Am anxious to get a brand new one earlier than Don Cherry has me despatched again to the place I got here from,” one other consumer wrote, utilizing the hashtag #youpeople.

The origins of the poppy as an emblem of remembrance lie with the opening strains of the World Struggle One poem In Flanders Fields by Canadian officer John McCrae: “In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row.”

Poppies are predominantly worn within the UK and Commonwealth nations akin to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They’re additionally used to a lesser extent within the US.

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