The debate over Don Cherry's firing continues to rage between fans who think he shouldn't have been fired and people who felt his comments went too far to be forgiven. Some of the attention has now been turned to a CTV host who shared her own thoughts on hockey in general. Jess Allen from The Social shared her opinions on hockey and Don Cherry. Now, Twitter users are calling for her to be fired over her comments.
During the November 12 broadcast, the subject of Don Cherry's comments about immigrants wearing poppies during Remembrance Day was brought up, and Allen jumped in to share her thoughts not just about Don Cherry, but hockey in general.
Allen said that Don Cherry being considered a Canadian icon and a symbol of hockey "struck a nerve" with her.
"I don't worship at the altar of hockey. I never have," Allen said, "and maybe it's because of where I grew up and going to a couple of different universities. There's a certain type of person in my mind, in my experience, who does."
Allen continued saying, "And they all tended to be white boys who weren't, let's say, very nice. They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies."
Allen continued by pointing out that it can cost a lot of money to sign a kid up for junior hockey, saying, "Their parents were able to afford to put them, you know, spend $5,000 a year on minor hockey." Allen suggests that the money would be better suited to travelling and learning about the world.
She concluded her statements saying that Don Cherry is a "representative" of the type of person that Allen is talking about. Allen acknowledged that Cherry has "done some good things" but added, "Whether he's charming or not, but he's still a bigot and a misogynist."
Don Cherry has denied that he was talking about immigrants during his rant about wearing poppies on Remembrance Day.
"I find it embarrassing that there's a big chunk of the country that is so upset about this. Hockey doesn't mean anything to me, I'm sorry," Allen concluded.
After the segment aired, people on Twitter immediately began calling for Jess Allen to be fired, particularly for generalizing hockey players and singling out "white boys."
"And here’s the double standard. The use of “white boy” is ok but “you people” isn’t. #FireJessAllen," wrote @DarylFransoo.
"@TheSocialCTV will sit back and do nothing. Because everyone knows you can be racist towards white people with no consequences. Free speech is free speech until you mention people of colour. #FireJessAllen #freespeech," wrote @sallytoodix.
Allen even responded to some of the tweets calling for her to be fired.
Other Twitter users used the hashtag to defend what Allen had to say on The Social.
"Anyone who supports this stupid hashtag is a white, entitled moron who probably supports DC. WHAT Jess said is totally right. Y’all can’t be claiming reverse racism when someone’s comments hit a lil too close to home #FireJessAllen," wrote @bestoftiana.
"Fact: majority of hockey players ARE white.
Fact: majority of them come from white privileged families
Fact: #FireJessAllen tweeters are the SAME KIND OF PEOPLE SHE IS TALKING ABOUT
Fact: that was not reverse racism. You do not get to claim racism when you are the oppressor," wrote @Chantellectual.
*Cover photo on the right used for illustrative purposes only.