Tenor Causes Controversy With Canada’s National Anthem

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The Tenors perform in December 2014. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

A performer with vocal ensemble The Tenors changed the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem to include the phrase “all lives matter” at the Major League Baseball all-star game on Tuesday.”

Remigio Pereira sang the lyrics “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great” during his solo. The usual lyric is “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The true north strong and free.”

The singer also held up a sign reading “All Lives Matter,” and “United We Stand” on the back.

Pereira said he was trying to promote “love, peace and harmony” with the lyric.

But some were offended by the phrase “all lives matter,” which has been used by opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The other members of the group responded angrily, announcing that Pereira would not be performing with them in the future.

“The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed,” The Tenors tweeted. They described Pereira’s actions as “extremely selfish.”

Others in Canada were upset that the national anthem’s lyrics had been altered.

What do you think, was Pereira’s decision the right one or a big blunder?


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