This is what people are saying about Don Cherry after he was fired by Sportsnet
don cherry literally going on a xenophobic rant about poppies on live television and then being fired on remembrance day is just too good to be true pic.twitter.com/srxGp6l76Q— enrico (@andersenricos) November 11, 2019
Cherry sparked outrage Saturday evening after going on a rant about how immigrants (calling them "You people") "love our way of life... love our milk and honey," but don't wear poppies.
"At least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that," he said during Saturday's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
"These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada."
Don Cherry's latest rant against immigrants is tough to watch and Canadians are calling for him to be fired 📹 CBC pic.twitter.com/6JnEFvJXES— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) November 10, 2019
His comments were immediately deemed inappropriate and divisive, and many called for his firing.
Sportsnet and Ron MacLean quickly released an apology. Cherry, on the other hand, wasn't so quick to apologize.
Now that he's officially leaving Hockey Night in Canada, after more than 30 years, everyone has something to say.
Many Canadians are pleasantly surprised by the decision to remove Cherry, saying they thought he'd get away with this the way he has many times before.
Others are already talking about who should replace him.
Don Cherry has a right to say what he wants.— Joanne Wilder (@joannewilder) November 11, 2019
You have a right to agree or disagree.
Sportsnet has a right to not want him on their broadcast.
You have a right to watch or not watch.
Amazing this freedom we have.#LestWeForget
Some are saying that firing Cherry is hypocritical considering Trudeau was reelected.
What’s the lesson to be learned from the Don Cherry firing and @JustinTrudeau re-election? A momentary lapse of judgement (or multitude of them) is fine, as long as you are a Liberal. Got it. Retweet if you can also see the double standard. #cdnpoli— Quentin Gardiner🇨🇦 (@HGAQuentin) November 11, 2019
And some angry fans are even vowing to stop watching Hockey Night in Canada now that he's been removed.
Sportsnet fires Don Cherry over ‘you people’ comment targeting immigrants https://t.co/WPrQB6r5Hk— Shizuko Shivers (@lyonslor55) November 11, 2019
Everybody should stop watching Rogers Sportsnet. Don did not say anything wrong. What happen to free speech in this country . WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!
Some have also pointed out that the chatter about Cherry distracted from the importance of Remembrance Day.
If my timeline is any indication, the attention we gave to Don Cherry eclipsed that of Remembrance Day.— Sam Hume (@SamHumer) November 11, 2019
His name was even mentioned at a ceremony in Berlin.
Asked if there were any Canadians in the crowd in Berlin (there were) & said: “Don Cherry just got fired” to a loud smattering of the applause. Then turned to the rest of the crowd, Germans & others, & said “a prominent Canadian racist lost his job today.” The place went nuts. A+— Steve Sladkowski (@sladkow) November 11, 2019
And the rest of the world caught onto the news too.
Don Cherry will no longer appear on Canada's No. 1 sports network after referring to immigrants as "you people" https://t.co/QeU7BkjjGR— CNN (@CNN) November 11, 2019
But although feelings about the news are mixed across the board, the majority of Canadians appear to be pleased with the fact that Cherry is facing real consequences for his actions.
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