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My plan is to put this topic to bed, enough and I have tried to present the issue from both sides.

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Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Anyone with half a brain knows he meant everybody should wear a Poppy as it has such a significant and historical meaning.

Willful ignorance is a dangerous thing…...

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 11/12/19 at 08:29 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Cherry was on Fox News tonight with Tucker Carlson.  Told Carlson Bobby Orr a big fan of the show.

Get ready to duck Bobby!

Watch here.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/12/19 at 10:20 PM ET


“You people” on its own would be fine.

Adding “who come here” makes it clear he’s not talking about everybody. He’s talking about a specific group of people.

Why give a free pass to everyone else not buying and wearing poppies?

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 11/12/19 at 11:02 PM ET


Ron Maclean is a disgrace.  He was nodding his head in agreement and has heard worse, yet as soon as the Twitter fascists came out he folded like a chair and turned on Don Cherry.  I got news for MacLean, no one ever turned in to hear him speak and now there’s a huge void

Posted by bababooey on 11/12/19 at 11:22 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Don’t drag Ron into this.  He’s a great hockey commentator.

I’ll keep my opinions about Don to myself.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 11/13/19 at 01:54 AM ET


Anyone with half a brain knows he meant everybody should wear a Poppy as it has such a significant and historical meaning.

Anyone who has ever listened to a word he has said knows that he has hate in his heart for non-English, non-white people.

To blatantly lie about that and pretend this was anything except a hateful rant against immigrants is disgusting.

He specified people “who come here”. That’s NOT everyone. That is a very specific group of people are you are gross for pretending otherwise and defending him.

Willful ignorance is a dangerous thing…...

Wow, the lack of self-awareness in this sentence is absolutely staggering. You’re willfully defending a man who has gone out of his way to be racist and xenophobic for decades and you want to talk about willful ignorance?

Or hey, I guess maybe it’s willful ignorance. You just proudly support racist xenophobes, so I guess you’ve got that going for you.

Why give a free pass to everyone else not buying and wearing poppies?

How about because it’s none of his f*cking business whether people wear poppies or not? Not wearing a poppy should result in a racist rant against you?

It’s not a law, and if he wants to talk about respect, how about he respects other peoples’ decisions.

And how about he doesn’t wear military-inspired suits on his show, since he’s not a f*cking veteran.

Hey everyone, let’s all get together to defend the racist xenophobe who regularly partakes in stolen valor. But it’s ok, because he hates anyone who doesn’t have the same skin tone or accent he has.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 11/13/19 at 09:42 AM ET

Paul's avatar

CharD, it is not your job to come in here to rant on comments from other people.

As you have been reminded in the past, your hockey knowledge is appreciated, your comments like the one above are not.

Write anything within reason about the topic at hand, but stop with the things you do at times without even knowing who the person is you are ranting on.

It does no good.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/13/19 at 10:24 AM ET

HaHasek's avatar

I appreciate your posts on this Paul, they’ve been more balanced that most media outlets.

Last week, my students (newcomers to Canada) asked me about this “red flower” everyone was wearing. They had no clue about it, nor would I expect them to. It takes a while, years, to learn a new culture the customs and conventions.

Did I look down on them? Suggest that they should be kicked out of the class? Maybe I should have told all my colleagues so we could have piled on?

Half of them had just left a place where acts of war had destroyed their homes and loved ones. The idea of remembering a war that was a half century ago is not foremost on their mind. Many of them are struggling to adjust some of their own racist & socially unacceptable habits in this new country.

There’s some truth to what Don said, but it is incomplete. He said it from a perspective of ignorance. And maybe that’s his opinion. People have opinions. People have limited experiences and draw incomplete conclusions from those experiences. We all do all the time.

What’s crazy is the packs of media opportunists falling over themselves to pile on someone that has an opinion they don’t like…trying to simplify an issue that is not simple. Journalists, especially sports journalists, need content. They need it like regular humans need oxygen. They don’t care how they have to build, create, skew, or inflate narratives, they just need content or else they don’t get paid and they don’t get the attention they need to breathe.

Look at who’s benefiting from the Cherry story. The people advancing their career by writing the columns (and continue to drag out this story), the people getting called on to the talk shows to interpret Cherry, racism, culture, Canada, and immigrants’ actions. Those are the people to watch out for these days, not the people with opinions, the people who self appoint as the middlemen of culture who tell us what things mean.

It’s a messed up world right now, and many with good intentions aren’t handling it well.

Posted by HaHasek on 11/13/19 at 12:25 PM ET

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