Don Cherry is making headlines again for
another controversial remark made last week.
During his Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in
Canada, Cherry and Ron Maclean began discussing the issue of
helmet visors. Cherry then said that the only people in the
league who wear them are “Europeans and French guys.”
The comment caused outrage in the French community and among
the top brass at the CBC. Canada’s official languages
commissioner is now investigating the incident and CBC announced
that Coach’s Corner will now be aired on a seven second
The delay will allow them to cut the show if Cherry says anything
else deemed to be “controversial.” The big problem
with this is who deems something controversial or offensive?
If an overly sensitive producer decides that Cherry’s
remarks on, for example, minority bowling teams was offensive,
would he automatically be yanked off the air?
Cherry has a history of having controversial opinions and
in his over 20 years on air, has been known to voice his opinions
on any topic. Last year, Cherry got into hot water after an
entire segment devoted to Canada’s lack of involvement
However, controversy is part of Cherry’s appeal. The
CBC knows how popular Cherry is and pay him hundreds of thousands
of dollars to do his show. By attempting to censor him, they
are negating the point of him even being there and actively
Last Sunday’s Grammy Awards show was also broadcast
under a five-minute time delay out of fear the young and hip
nominees would try to top Janet and Justin’s Super Bowl
performance. But the show, a performance-driven affair that
aimed to mix new acts with music’s dinosaurs, remained
conservative: big winner Beyoncé was a safe choice,
and Coldplay’s wholesome “Clocks” beat out
Eminem and OutKast for Record of the Year. No dirrrty Christina,
no expletives from Sharon and Ozzy, no mouth rape á la
Adrien Brody and Halle Berry at last year’s Oscars. Zzzzzzz.
There were, however, some redeeming moments. Andre 3000 gave
a simple “thanks” when accepting Outkast’s
Best Rap Album award, saving us from those long-winded speeches,
while The White Stripes gave an explosive performance.
And then there was the Céline incident. No, it wasn’t
a wardrobe malfunction (phew!), but rather a mic malfunction
that had technicians in the control room scrambling to get
her audio working. For a minute there, we were listening to
the best Céline Dion song ever.
Still, aside from Outkast’s Album of the Year win, hip-hop
still can’t beat Warren Zevon & Bruce Springsteen
or Luther Vandross, proving that despite the Grammy’s
new-found appreciation for young stars, actually winning the
big awards requires a few prerequisites: you either have to
be old, dead or dying.