One of four Canadian tenors who performed ‘O Canada’ at this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game went off script, inserting a lyric of his own to the anthem and holding up a sign which read “All Lives Matter.”
The rogue tenor, Remigio Pereira, changed the line “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.” Instead he sang, “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.”
The group issued an apology, saying Pereira had simply made the political statement on his own and without their prior knowledge.
He was expelled from the group for his “disrespectful” and “shameful” actions.
A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming “All Lives Matter” during a pregame performance at baseball’s 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday.
The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, caused a stir at Petco Park with Remigio Pereira’s actions while singing “O Canada.”
In a statement of apology issued during the game, three of The Tenors pinned the changes solely on Pereira, who held up the sign and sang the altered lyrics, while the other three singers wordlessly harmonized. The three other members said Pereira won’t perform with The Tenors “until further notice,” calling his actions “disrespectful” and “shameful.”
You can check out Pereira’s altered version of ‘O Canada’ below …
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The phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ is a response to the racially-charged phrase ‘Black Lives Matter,’ a unifying statement that says all human life, regardless of the color of one’s skin, is valuable and precious.
In this scenario however, I think the decision by The Tenors to oust the rogue member is agreeable. Political statements are fine, but pulling them out during the singing of your country’s national anthem IS indeed ‘disrespectful and shameful.’
Pereira could have made his statement during a regular concert, and perhaps had the courtesy to let his fellow tenors know of his intentions. (You can see from the looks on their faces that they had no idea what he was doing).
Still, it’ll be fun to watch Black Lives Matter activists go apoplectic over the notion that all lives actually do matter in this world.
Comment: What did you think of the tenor’s actions? Should he have made an ‘All Lives Matter’ political statement in the middle of Canada’s national anthem? Share your thoughts below.