VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Fox News had some Canadian content Tuesday night with recently-fired Don Cherry appearing as a guest of controversial commentator Tucker Carlson.
Canada’s most polarizing, flamboyant and opinionated hockey personality was fired Monday for calling immigrants “you people” in a television rant in which he said new immigrants are not honoring the country’s fallen soldiers by wearing poppies.
Cherry said Saturday night, “You people … 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.”
Cherry found a friend in Carslon, who had some choice words for everyone north of the border upset with Cherry.
“So, I mean, I think what you were saying — tell me if this is what you are saying — that people who move to Canada ought to at least nod at the traditions of Canada. Like, why is — why is that controversial?” Carlson asked Cherry.
“Well, don’t ask me, and the big thing is I should have said — if I had to come through, if I had to have been smart and protected myself — I should have said ‘everybody should be wearing a poppy,'” he responded, adding, “It’s the two words that got it, that ‘you people.’ As you know, people are very sensitive like that.”
Carlson then interrupts.
“If I can just clarify, they’re not sensitive at all. They are fascists. They’re not — they actually have no real feelings. They are faking their outrage. They’re trying to crush you because they want to exert power, because it makes them feel big, when actually inside they are small.”
About 200 Cherry supporters are expected outside Sportsnet’s Toronto studios Wednesday morning rallying over his Remembrance Day firing.
The Toronto Sun reports the crowd will include a longtime fan, the 98-year-old former Mayor of Mississauga, Hazel McCallion who will sign an online petition demanding Cherry be given his job back.
McCallion tells the paper that, “While he certainly could have said it better than he did, he does not have a racist bone in his whole body.”
Cherry’s comments led to so many complaints to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council that it issued a plea on Monday for people to stop reporting them because the system was overwhelmed.
With files from the Associated Press