'The Tenors' Have Suspended One Of Their Singers For Mixing An 'All Lives Matter' Reference Into 'O Canada'
LBS- Canadian vocal quartet “The Tenors” issued an apology after Tuesday’s controversy at the MLB All-Star Game which led the group to suspend Remigio Pereira indefinitely.
The Tenors performed the Canadian national anthem prior to Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Pereira decided to use his platform to espouse an “All Lives Matter” political message. Pereira held up a sign that read “All Lives Matter” and also changed the words to the anthem during a solo portion.
An indefinite suspension?! I guess the upmost authority on male quartets never signed a CBA, huh? Have to imagine this would get wrapped up in an endless string of appeals if there were a singer's union. An unprecedented punishment without due process? Roger Goodell is somewhere out there proudly weeping into a pool of cold hard cash honored that someone else finally took his lead.
It's not that I agree with choosing to make a sociopolitical statement in the middle of a national anthem, but I do think there were clearly some warning signs with this guy. None that I am aware of because 'The Tenors' don't exactly get top billing on 'SportsCenter', but there's no way he didn't give his group members a glimpse into his personality while working with them on a day-to-day basis. I guess what I am trying to say is that going rogue on the biggest of stages doesn't seem like an isolated incident.
I don't think I'm the best person to judge a person's vocals, but this dude must have some pipes on him if they decided to bring him aboard regardless of some pretty alarming characteristics. What's the songbird equivalent of doing shirtless sit-ups outside of your place of residence, because this dude just displayed a TO-like temperament. No doubt in my mind he's always been a card so wild it would make Charlie Kelly fold, because the looks on his group members faces read of disappointment rather than confusion. He's still clearly at fault for remixing a song on the fly, but 'The Tenors' put themselves in this position when they gave the short, Portuguese, minstrel version of Draymond Green a bigger role in the lineup. You get the good with the bad with Remigio Pereira, and 'The Tenors' reputation is going to have to suffer after their soloist decided to dick-punch social norms on national television.