Apparently a Canadian singer didn’t get the spirit behind the social justice motto “Black Lives Matter.”
During a pregame performance during the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, a member of a Canadian singing group swapped lyrics in the country’s national anthem and proudly raised a sign declaring “All Lives Matter,”
According to ESPN, the British Columbia-based group, The Tenors caused a stir when member Remigio Pereira broke ranks while singing, “O’ Canada.”
The group was supposed to sing: “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.
With “United We Stand” written on the back of his sign, Pereira belted: “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great.”
Three of The Tenors issued an apology and solely blamed the mishap on Pereira. The members say that they won’t allow Pereira to perform with them until further notice. They strongly regret his actions, describing his actions “disrespectful” and “shameful.”
Their statement reads, “The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a lone wolf today singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.”
It further read, “The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used his coveted platform to serve his own political views.”
Even though the sound wasn’t flawlessly audible, fans were very surprised when the sign appeared on the ballpark video scoreboard. The anthem wasn’t performed live on U.S. Television, but aired in Canada where social media users quickly criticized Pereira.
The term “All Lives Matter” is a controversial charged term in response to the “Black Lives Matter” Movement. The overall response consistently remains varied. However, in most instances, the phrase is perceived as reductive and minimizes the awareness of social injustice issues facing Blacks.
In addition to Pereira, the Tenors also consists Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef. The quartet has released several multiplatinum albums in Canada and are Juno award recipients. They performed at 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, the 2012 Queen’s Jubilee in England and the 2014 Stanley Cup finals.
The American League won the All-Star Game 4-2.
Photo: Remigio Pereira, a member of Canada’s The Tenors holds up “All Lives Matter” sign while singing the Canadian National Anthem. AP / Gregory Bull, File