All was well within the ranks of Canadian vocal quartet The Tenors at Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego. Suited up, voices warmed, these gentlemen were ready to deliver a bomb-ass rendition of “O’ Canada.” And then, like the god Pan reincarnated as a small Canadian conspiracy theorist, freakin’ Remigio pulled an “All Lives Matter” sign oot of his shiny lapel during a solo verse.
Tenors co-founder Remigio Pereira, who members of the group later claimed acted as a “lone wolf,” decided to pair his tiny sign with some brand-new original lyrics, changing “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.”
Midway through the game, Pereira’s pissed-off brothers in song delivered a statement apologizing for the “shameful” incident and announcing that Pereira will be sidelined:
Pereira’s predictably batshit response, via Rolling Stone:
“I’ve been so moved lately by the tragic loss of life and I hoped for a positive statement that would bring us ALL together. ONE LOVE. That was my singular motivation when I said all lives matter,” Pereira wrote. “I am disturbed that people would attribute anything other than the purist [sic] of intentions to my actions. I weep for the senseless loss of life, the lives of all my brothers and sisters in this world. I speak for the human race and the lives of all sentient beings. Love, peace and harmony for ALL has always been my life’s purpose. I say this from the bottom and all corners of my heart, be good to one another, love one another. Let us all live in peace, it is everyone’s birthright. Once we awaken the love within, we will never be without.”
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