You people … that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that...
These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council were so overwhelmed with complaints after his rant, they posted on their website that they were "exceeding the CBSC’s technical processing capacities."
Sportsnet promptly fired Cherry for these comments, and rightfully so. Cherry has a long history of using racist dog whistles and sharing right-wing political views, but this was one his more bigoted statements.
The Royal Canadian Legion denounced Cherry's comments as well.
With the Legion not backing him you'd think that would be the end of this story, however the far-right are melting down about his firing and coming to his defense.
And of course the comments are what you should expect. #YellowVestsCanadaIsAHateGroup pic.twitter.com/uRUJiBv5sD— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) November 11, 2019
We’ve now reached the performative outrage portion of our program, where “patriots” lambast the Legion for their position. On Remembrance Day. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/rMn9eLko3a— Yellow Vests Canada Exposed (@VestsCanada) November 12, 2019
Don Cherry has a right to free speech: Yes he does, and this right has not been violated. People had the right to complain about what he said, and Roger's had the right to fire him.
Don Cherry didn't say anything wrong: He certainly didn't say anything right. Claiming that new Canadians don't wear poppies isn't based on any documented source. Also how can Don Cherry know someone's immigration history by looking at them? (Hint: racist profiling)
But it's OK when Trudeau wore blackface: It actually isn't. Justin Trudeau apologized and owned up to the mistakes he made. Don Cherry has made no such acknowledgement, and most likely won't.
Don Cherry was fired for using the words "you people": This one is especially important because Don is himself saying this. He followed up "you people" with 'come to this country', so it's pretty obvious he was targeting supposed immigrants and that's why he was fired.
Don Cherry was fired for promoting poppies and Remembrance Day: He's been doing that for years. He was fired because he singled out immigrants.
I would love for this controversy to be over but sadly, I'm sure it will continue for a little while longer. What's really sad is that this story has completely overshadowed Remembrance Day, which many people actually do care about.