On this Remembrance Day, Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry is making news for all the wrong reasons, and it’s too bad, because ‘Grapes’ is a staunch supporter of Canada’s war veterans and Royal Canadian Legions and that’s where the focus should be.
Instead, the bombastic hockey commentator crossed the line, as he tends to do, on Saturday night when he ranted about people who have immigrated to Canada and (allegedly) don’t wear poppies at this time of year.
“You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that,” said Cherry. “These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.”
Cherry’s commentary was abhorrent, racist and xenophobic and — to no one’s surprise — were met with a tidal wave of criticism.