Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks
Canadians have strongly rejected react to Don Cherry’s suggestion that women aren’t equal with men and that female reporters should be barred from male dressing rooms. The 79-year old CBC hockey broadcaster made the sexist comments on Saturday night during his weekly Coach’s Corner part of the popular “Hockey Night in Canada” show.
Cherry uttered these statements:
I don’t believe women should be in the male dressing room.
I don’t feel women are equal. I feel they’re above us. I think they’re on a pedestal and they should not be walking in when naked guys are walking in. And some guys take advantage of it and I don’t think (they) should be.
Even more appalling is the fact that Cherry was defending a sexist remark by Chicago Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith, who spewed sexist bullshit at Team 1040′s Karen Thomson in the following post-game conversation:
Thompson: “It looked like there was a penalty.”
Keith: “Oh no, I don’t think there was. I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as ref, maybe, hey?”
Thompson: “Yeah, maybe. I can’t skate, though.”
Keith: “First female referee… can’t play probably, either, right? But you’re thinking the game like you know it? Okay, see ya.”
Vancouver Sun sport blogger Harrison Mooney took issue with Keith’s sexism, call his utterances “completely uncalled-for sexist rubbish.” He said: “Keith’s shot was framed in the context of Thomson’s womanhood — the suggestion was that she doesn’t know the game because she’s a woman, and that’s just inappropriate and unprofessional on his part.”
The reactions on Twitter are overwhelmingly in disagreement with Don Cherry:
Sometimes, I lay in bed, haunted by deep philosophical questions. Such as, why does Don Cherry still have a job? bit.ly/12UZDZk
— Julie Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) April 29, 2013
As I recall, women-in-the-dressing room was settled somewhere around 1975. What retro cause of chauvinism will Don Cherry take on next?
— Les Perreaux (@perreaux) April 29, 2013
What’s most surprising to me is that it took Don Cherry a couple of decades to figure out that women were in the locker room.
— Susan Delacourt (@SusanDelacourt) April 28, 2013
— Steve Faguy (@fagstein) April 28, 2013
— Will Hartman (@unionwill) April 29, 2013
Dear Don Cherry: it’s not your dangly bits that you should be worried about exposing to women. It’s your absence of functioning synapses.
— Laurie Kempton (@mcsmartypants) April 28, 2013
— Joanna Smith (@smithjoanna) April 29, 2013
And a few Twitter reactions to Keith’s sexism:
Asked about slash by female Vancouver reporter, Duncan Keith responds with sexism | Pass it to Bulis vansunsportsblogs.com/2013/04/23/ask…
— Harrison Mooney (@HarrisonMooney) April 23, 2013
Would Duncan Keith have ripped a male reporter the same way? That’s the question that determines whether it’s sexism. torontosun.com/2013/04/23/bla…
— Jesse Spector (@jessespector) April 23, 2013
I feel like the infamous Jarome Iginla “setting up the play” interview is the antidote to tonite’s Duncan Keith sitch youtu.be/1JTl4ENTQQM?t=…
— katiebakes (@katiebakes) April 23, 2013
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