One member of The Tenors, Canada’s famed vocal quartet, is not having a good morning.
That’s because most of the country is not exactly thrilled with him – and they’re not keeping quiet about it either.
At last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, group member Remigio Pereira took the liberty of changing a line of O Canada to one with a politically-charged message, reportedly unbeknownst to his fellow smooth-singing tenors.
Pereira changed “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free” to “We’re all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great.”
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Not only that, but Pereira had another unexpected surprise up his sleeve (literally). He pulled out a sign from inside his jacket that said “All Lives Matter” shortly after diving into his rogue solo performance. Most excellent, perhaps, was the slow shock that crept into his compatriots. They then continued the anthem in French as planned.
Needless to say, people were pissed.
Social media quickly filled with a flood of angry comments from Canadians, who regarded the incident with varying degrees of scorn ranging from “disrespectful” to calling for the Tenors to be roasted over a maple bonfire before being smothered with hot gravy and cheese curds.
It didn’t take long for The Tenors to issue a statement, stressing that Pereira acted as a “lone wolf” to “serve his own political views,” and calling the incident a “shameful act.”
As for Pereira, he’s taken to Twitter to defend his actions.
“I’ve been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life,” he posted late last night. “I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together.”
Well, it didn’t.
It may have also cost him his job – at least, for the time being. In their statement, The Tenors said Pereira won’t be performing with the group “until further notice.”