Jess Allen and CTV apologize for comments about hockey players on The Social
TV personality Jess Allen and her employer, CTV, have publicly apologized for comments The Social host made about the type of "white boys" who play hockey.
Allen's remarks on the show's November 12 episode were in response to the recent controversy surrounding Don Cherry and his Coach's Corner rant that seemed to say that not enough immigrants wore poppies for Remembrance Day.
The uproar after both incidents has been extremely heated and divided, with the drama taking centre stage in social media discussion and the national news cycle. Since Cherry was fired from Sportsnet, many viewers called for Allen's departure from The Social for what they found to be equally inflammatory remarks.
November 15, 2019
Allen clarified during Wednesday's taping of The Social that her comments were based solely on her own experience, and has now formally apologized — which Cherry didn't exactly do.
“I regret saying that my experiences were personal instead of underlying that they were specific episodes from determined moments with particular individuals,” Allen's apology reads. "As a result, I offended many people... To you I apologize.”
CTV also issued its own statement of apology, saying "We won’t restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we will always listen to viewers when they offer theirs."
Hopefully you use your voice in the future with knowledge and respect, not generalizing and grouping people into a category of obvious contention you experienced in the past.— grandgeo (@Heather05038379) November 15, 2019
Among those who have offered their opinions on the topic are prominent members of the Canadian hockey community, such as former NHL player Theo Fleury, who said on Twitter that he's "proud2 be a Canadian hockey player" and suggested Allan should be let go. "Accountability is only for right wingers," he tweeted.
Also, the father of Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, who took to social media to express his outrage over Allen's comments — making a number of his own extremely derogatory and sexist remarks about the Social correspondent — said he and his family would be boycotting CTV "unless CTV does the right thing" by firing Allen.
Unless CTV does the right thing. The Straz Clan is done with interviews with CTV. If Don Cherry gets fired for saying You People and not calling out race and this tard Called a Race out and still working. We done with CTV. Toby. Do the same. Too bad. The reporters in West Awesome https://t.co/nzbwt8RnPY— Strazsr (@strazsr) November 14, 2019
Along with its apology, CTV has since deleted The Social episode in question from its YouTube channel.
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