Here's what both sides are saying about the Jess Allen controversy on The Social
Between the commotion following Don Cherry's poppy comments on Hockey Night in Canada and the tension after the almost equally controversial response from The Social's Jess Allen, it's been a dramatic few days for Canadian TV-watchers.
Here’s my hockey loving “white boy” getting laced up to be a bully 🙄😒 If you’re going to demand that Don Cherry be held accountable to his comments then so should Jess Allen #FireJessAllen pic.twitter.com/cBwVt3GqwI— Nicole McGuigan (@navigatenicole) November 14, 2019
Cherry was famously fired from his long-time Saturday night slot on the Sportsnet hockey show on Monday after he seemed to accuse newcomers to Canada of not properly honouring Remembrance Day (though he went on to say that he wasn't just referring to immigrants... or at least, not exclusively immigrants of colour).
A day later, CTV's The Social cast member Jess Allen ironically made some questionable remarks of her own when speaking about the Cherry news, calling out the rich, mean, "white boys" of Canadian hockey culture, of which she said Cherry is a perfect example.
This caused a second wave of backlash within less than two days that is persisting on, causing us all to wonder how much more our Canadian hearts can take.
One of the hockey moms I know actually goes out of her way to try to keep her boys out of the toxic male culture. Raise good men and not rich, arrogant brats. She knows it’s there. There is actually nothing controversial about what Jess Allen said. The more I think about it. https://t.co/Uur6AIQpRi— sarbjit kaur (@sarbjitkaur1) November 14, 2019
It seems that, like Cherry, Allan has her fair share of both advocates and adversaries, with many viewers calling for her dismissal from CTV in light of Cherry's forced departure from Sportsnet.
People seem to feel that the comments of both parties were similarly discriminatory and inappropriate, though one rant was aimed at traditionally oppressed groups, and one, not so much.
Not all kids who play hockey are boys. Not all kids who play hockey are white. Not all kids who play hockey are bullies. Not all kids who play hockey are rich. Just want to make sure everyone knows this.— Gerry Dee (@gerrydee) November 13, 2019
Everyone and their grandmother seems to have an opinion on the topic, so the discussion has, understandably, been extremely divisive and very much at the forefront of Canadian social discourse for the past few days.
This is a must read thread about Don Cherry, Jess Allen, and the toxic masculinity culture of hockey that Don Cherry endorsed and gleefully amplified. Well done, Daniel. https://t.co/iCXy23iLY8— Kathleen Smith (@KikkiPlanet) November 14, 2019
Some have agreed with Don's views on the fact that not enough "people who come here" wore poppies this year, and others acknowledged Allan's point that hockey culture in Canada can be a bit white bro-y.
Many vehemently disagreed with one or the other (or both), with a few even turning it into an issue of political affiliation or gender.
Is don cherry loses his job for “you people” then Jess Allen should have to do the walk of shame GOT style through a hockey arena ... what a joke world we live in where men are held accountable for their words but ignorant women get applauded and keep their job, equality my ass https://t.co/EGeT5pV9Ie— Zachary Scot Starkey (@ThatStarkeyGuy) November 14, 2019
The drama is clearly ongoing and is creating a lot of tension, but it has at least made us assess the ethos behind our national sport and the core of our Canadianism.
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