A comment from CTV correspondent Jessica Allen describing hockey players as “white boys” and “bullies” on CTV’s The Social has thousands of hockey fans on social media calling for her to be removed from her position.
In fact, so many people have taken to Twitter to complain that the hashtag #FireJessAllen is now trending in Canada.
While filling in this week for regular host Lainey Lui, Allen went on a bizarre anti-hockey rant that was prompted by the news of Don Cherry’s dismissal from Rogers Sportsnet and CBC.
Allen said that while she has been told that Cherry “is a Canadian icon and a symbol of the great sport of hockey,” she personally does not “worship at the altar of hockey.” She went on to describe such people as “a certain type of person in my mind, and in my experience, who does” and “they all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, not very nice.”
Allen then added, “They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies. Their parents were able to afford to spend $5,000 year on minor hockey: $5,000 is a lot of money. You can do other things besides than spending time in an arena. They could go on a trip and learn about the world. See other things, eh. The world is a big place. Get outside of that bubble.”
Here’s the video:
Here’s the thing… in Cherry’s rant this past weekend NEVER did he mention race. Allen did. Explicitly.
The irony of Allen telling hockey fans and young hockey players to "get outside of that bubble" is simply too much. She admittedly doesn't watch or follow hockey, yet she feels qualified to paint us all with the same brush.
Neither The Social nor CTV, who happens to own Sportsnet rival TSN, have commented on Allen’s comments. Interestingly enough though, Allen herself has taken to social media to defend herself but fans are having NONE of it.
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Again… the thing is… hockey IS closely linked to Canadians’ national identity. Jessica Allen admits she has a difficult time reconciling that, yet still feels qualified to speak about hockey fans and hockey players. The hypocrisy is baffling.