People in Toronto furious after CN Tower lights up with Montreal Canadiens colours
Residents of Toronto are far from enthused with the team behind the CN Tower's light show today after the attraction was illuminated with the colours of the Montreal Canadiens — our home hockey team's primary rivals — on Tuesday evening.
This is not cool!!! What are thinking #CNTower no matter what you don't cheer on your bitter rival. Turn the damm lights out!!!— Craig Boddy (@cboddy57) June 9, 2021
Many were downright appalled when the landmark's staff tweeted around 2 p.m. yesterday that the top of the building would be lit up in red, blue and white to honour the Habs and "Canada's hope for a 2021 NHL Stanley Cup!" — a post that has since gotten thousands of likes, RTs and replies.
— Matt Bedard (@ScotianCanadien) June 8, 2021
Those with a view of the tower who didn't get the memo beforehand found themselves in an even greater of shocked disbelief upon seeing it (though, to be fair, it didn't look all that different than any other night).
Why the hell is the cn tower lit up in habs colours?— mathew allain (@AllainMathew) June 9, 2021
Agreed, thank you. Doesn’t make me a bad person or anti-Canadian. I’ll cheer for Team Canada as much as the next guy, regardless of which province the players are from, but sorry, I’m not a Montreal Canadien Fan— mijcl (@mijcl999) June 9, 2021
Many are pointing out that it's less about the fact that the tower is honouring another team, and more about which team they chose to honour.
Would never happen. Be better Cn tower— Steve Gilmour (@Leafshopefullyw) June 9, 2021
Just as the rivalry between the teams runs deep, so did the division on the issue.
Even the Canadiens' official Twitter account decided to jump in on the fun, which only served to stoke tensions further.
"Good morning Habs fans and also the CN Tower," the team tweeted in French and English Wednesday morning.
Fanning the flames much? It was a nice gesture that's it that's all. #GoHabsGo. As a Montrealer who visits TO and the CN Tower often a big thank you.— George Moulinos 🇨🇦 (@George_Moulinos) June 9, 2021
But while the majority of the sentiments shared were ones condemning the decision, there were those that pointed out who the landmark really belongs to — that is, all of Canada, and not just Toronto.
People do realize CN Tower stands for Canadian National Tower and not Toronto Tower, right? LOL— Felix C. (@Felix_Z_Habs) June 9, 2021
Others also chimed in to speculate on the apparent bitterness Leafs fans still have about getting eliminated in round 1 of the playoffs by the Habs in Game 7 just over a week ago — and also to note that it was this bitterness and the inability to cheer on another Canadian team that is really the bad look here.
#CNTower manager lose a bet?— Trevor MacRae (@tdmacrae) June 9, 2021
Is it that tough for folks to see it as simply a nice gesture? Lots of folks think #Toronto can't tear itself away from its mirror long enough to do anything nice for anyone outside Toronto.
Makes your city look a little less arseholish. Kudos!
Then there were a few who may have been just too free and blunt with the truth, like the person who made the apt jab "Maybe if your boys didn't blow the lead it would be white and blue. But they did. And it wasn't."
Agree. Just like the CN Tower being lit in blue red & white. I knew the reaction by Leafs nation wouldn’t be great, but I did not expect this, people actively losing their minds, behaving like toddlers over something so silly. It isn’t fun anymore. Anyways take care be safe! 🙏👊— Julie🇨🇦GoHabsGo|IStandWithTrudeau❤️🤍 (@j_boucher24) June 9, 2021
Though Leafs fans perhaps shouldn't have been surprised at their recent loss, their home tower commemorating the team that knocked them out of the running for the Stanley Cup did feel, understandably, like salt in the wound.
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