Baseball isn’t known to be a serious affair, but one big game took a surprisingly political turn when a singer decided to change up the lyrics to O’ Canada.
During the 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, The Tenors–a Canadian singing quartet–began performing Canada’s national anthem in regular fashion. Everything was going well until Remigio Pereira, one of the group’s members, thought it was a good idea to switch up “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free” to “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great” while holding up a sign that also said “All Lives Matter” (as seen in the video above).
Baseball stars and fans alike were confused and although the the national anthem wasn’t broadcast in America, Canadians audiences saw the whole thing unfold live. With racial tensions on the rise in the U.S., showing solidarity with the “All Lives Matter” group (who oppose the Black Lives Matter movement) was probably the worst thing Pereira could do. Of course, people took to Twitter to let out their frustrations and take a few jabs at Pereira and The Tenors.
— Jase Hill (@jasohill) July 13, 2016
lol this is probably the most media coverage the tenors have ever received
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) July 13, 2016
“Hey aren’t The Tenors Canadian?” pic.twitter.com/wDuenK4IQc
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) July 13, 2016
The other three Tenors members, who weren’t signing during Pereira’s antics, tweeted a statement immediately after the incident, saying they had no idea Pereira was planning this stunt and that he’ll no longer be a performing with the group until further notice. Naturally the jokes continued.
— cnichols (@pocopride) July 13, 2016
AP – “Canadian Juno winning group The Tenors trade Lone Wolf to Nashville for 1st Rd pick in 2017 Tenor Entry Draft”
— jkramone (@jkramon1313) July 13, 2016
— Tessa Sproule (@TessaSproule) July 13, 2016
It’s unsure whether The Tenors will ever live this down.