The "Fire Jess Allen" Calls Are Stepping Up With A Twitter War & A Bunch Of Petitions
The controversy surrounding Jess Allen doesn't look like going away anytime soon. People are still talking about the comments made by one of the hosts from The Social, and it seems it's started something of a Twitter war on the show and its co-host. Viewers have gone out of their way to comment under many tweets sent out by The Social's twitter account, asking CTV and the show to fire Jess Allen.
If you aren't already aware, the TV host made comments in regards to her personal experience with hockey players she's met in her hometown. She referred to those players as "white boys" who were often "bullies".
Allen's comments came in the wake of Don Cherry's firing by Sportsnet, but her views have stirred up quite the storm.
Some Canadians took a lot of offence to those statements, believing she was essentially referring to all Canadian hockey players. This sparked a large flow of complaints to the CBSC, about Allen and The Social.
Somewhat ironically, that was the same thing that happened with the volume of complaints about Cherry. His comments about immigrants led the CBSC to shut down their complaint section.
A key difference between the two is that The Social's host has issued an apology in regards to her comments, in which she clarified what she did intend to say.
"I regret saying that my experiences were personal instead of underlying that they were specific episodes from determined moments with particular individuals," said Allen, in part, in the apology she shared on Twitter.
That clearly wasn't enough for some Canadians. In fact, some portions of the population are launching a Twitter offensive, spamming the replies to virtually every tweet by The Social.
Below is a small sample of the trend.
[rebelmouse-image 25957346 photo_credit="TheSocialCTV | Twitter" expand=1 original_size="615x603"]
[rebelmouse-image 25957347 photo_credit="TheSocialCTV | Twitter" expand=1 original_size="620x823"]
[rebelmouse-image 25957348 photo_credit="TheSocialCTV | Twitter" expand=1 original_size="617x439"]
There are also several petitions out there calling for CTV to fire Jess Allen. One alone has over 10,000 signatures so far.
"Her comments are RACIST, UNACCEPTABLE, and DISCRIMINATORY," reads the descriptions in the "Fire Jess Allen From 'The Social'" petition.
[rebelmouse-image 25957349 photo_credit="change.org" expand=1 original_size="1008x515"]
"Don Cherry was fired from Coach's Corner for his comments about 'you people' and yet she used a specific demographic and was not reprimanded or fired. To single out 'white boys' is offensive," reads another petition, with over 5,000 signatures.*
With the number of complaints still coming in, it remains to be seen whether the situation will be directly addressed by the show or the channel going forward.
*This article has been updated.