Viewers Were So Pissed At Don Cherry They Actually Broke The National Complaints Website
"Think before you speak" is a good code to have in life. You can't help but wonder whether that's crossed the mind of Don Cherry after the former Hockey Night In Canada host's notorious "you people..." comments. Cherry's rhetoric was deemed so offensive by many that, it turns out, the volume of complaints received actually jammed the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) website.
Cherry's comments about immigrants during his longstanding Coach's Corner segment of HNIC on Saturday, November 9 landed him in the hottest of all of the hot waters of his career.
The water was so hot, in fact, that Sportsnet ultimately fired Cherry on Monday, ending his time as Coach's Corner host after well over three decades on the job.
On Saturday, November 9, Cherry said on-air of immigrants in Canada and their supposed attitude towards Remembrance Day: "You people that come here, whatever it is, 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."
As was to be expected, there was an immediate backlash.
And it turns out the CBSC website actually had to stop accepting online complaints as the number of grievances the council received was "exceeding the CBSC's technical processing capacities."
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A statement on the CBSC website reads: "The CBSC has received a large number of very similar complaints concerning Coach's Corner broadcast on CBC (Sportsnet) on November 9, 2019, exceeding the CBSC's technical processing capacities.
"Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints."
Both Sportsnet and on-air co-host Ron MacLean issued apologies in regards to the broadcast before Cherry was ultimately canned.
Those apologies did little to stem the flow of complaints, though, to the point that the CBSC had to stop accepting them.
Later on Monday, Cherry responded to his sacking.
"I have just learned I'vee been fired by Sportsnet for comments made on Coach's Corner on Nov. 9," Cherry told the Toronto Sun. "No problem.
"I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers."
If you want to complain about that apology, you might want to consider holding fire on hitting up the CBSC for the meantime.
Narcity has reached out to the CBSC for more information.