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Some things call for a loud, disagreeable dinosaur. "Jurassic Park?" Totally. "Jurassic Park: The Ride?" You betcha.
But I'll tell you where we definitely don't need one: a discussion of the issues at the heart of Duncan Keith's controversial run-in with Vancouver reporter Karen Thomson.
Unfortunately, Cherry really wanted to weigh in on this incident, and it probably won't come as a surprise that the man who dismissed the Metric system as "commie stuff" just last year didn't exactly have a progressive take on the issue.
You can go ahead and start shaking your head in disbelief now. The hot nonsense starts at the 2:16 mark.
Sigh. Not sure why Cherry stressed that he really believes this. I don't think anybody is surprised.
Once more: "I don't believe -- and I really believe this -- women should be in the male dressing room," said Cherry, as Ron Maclean made the face above.
CBC broadcaster Karin Larsen weighed in on Cherry's words on Twitter, and I think she pretty much summed up how I feel about this:
I'm embarrassed by and for Don Cherry and for CBC. Sorry.
— Karin Larsen (@CBCLarsen) April 28, 2013
Look. This is a stupid thing for Cherry to say and an equally stupid thing for him to believe. He's so flat-out wrong it doesn't even seem worth the time to offer a rebuttal. Ask me again 20 years ago.
So instead, let me just say I appreciate what he said, and not because I agree with it, because I don't. But I went on record after the Keith incident as saying I thought what he said was sexist, and many countered by telling me that Keith wasn't a sexist.
But there's a difference, I think, between saying a sexist thing and, you know, being a sexist. Thanks to Don Cherry for demonstrating that difference.