A cherry bomb was a spherical exploding firework that was popular when I was a teenager. It was so named because it resembled a large cherry in colour and size, with the extended inch-long stem used as the fuse. Once lit, you had about three seconds before it exploded (with a real bang). In my younger teen days, they were used by some youth on Halloween to blow up the mail boxes of those homes that did not give out any candy (i.e., left for the night). This of course is something one should never do. The firework itself was outlawed in 1966 (and thankfully I never knew of anyone hurt by the dangerous and criminal action).
Well this past week, a “Cherry” bomb (with a big resulting bang) was let off in Canada. Don Cherry, of the very popular Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night In Canada, said something that ended his 38 years of being seen-and-heard on the nation’s television screens. It had to do with Remembrance Day and his noticing of not very many poppies being worn by those who live in and around Canada’s largest population centre (which is now predominantly visible minorities); in contrast to the much greater number of poppies being worn by those in surrounding smaller towns (which are still predominantly white). Here is the quote:
“You people in Toronto and Mississauga 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 of 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.”
After he was fired, Cherry said he was given an opportunity to remain on the show. “I definitely could have stayed on if I wanted to. But I would have had to knuckle under, and turn into a simp (one who’ll say whatever needs to be said), but that’s not my style. If you’re not going to be yourself on television, then what’s the sense in doing it? I still feel that everybody in this country that likes our way of life should wear a poppy. If that’s offensive, then there’s nothing I can do about it. That’s the way I feel and I’m not changing.” (Cherry did say later he meant all Canadians by his statement, not just one group as it’s being portrayed.).
Note – One diligent reporter actually went to the Toronto-Mississauga area and counted up the number of people wearing the red poppies. He said that by his tally, for every one person he saw wearing a poppy, there were sixty who were not wearing any at all.
As you can imagine, those Canadians who voiced that Cherry was being treated unfairly were loudly drowned out by other Canadians, who, led by the politically-correct media journalists and elected officials, joined in a unison chorus of complete condemnation.
The bottom line? Voltaire said, “If you want to know who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” In Canada the message is clear; if you are old-fashioned with conservative values you better shut up or lose your job – just ask Don Cherry.