Canadians overwhelmingly reject Don Cherry’s sexist remarks

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive

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:

And a few Twitter reactions to Keith’s sexism:

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Obert Madondo

Publisher and editor
Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.