WATCH: Canadian band The Tenors alters ‘O Canada’ with “All Lives Matter” message
Canadian group “The Tenors” is facing a backlash tonight, after changing the lyrics to the Canadian national anthem while performing at the MLB All-Star game in San Diego.
The change comes in the wake of a politically charged week in the U.S., with two black men killed by white police officers, then the massacre of five officers by a black shooter who allegedly told police he wanted to kill white people.
It was in that context that Tenors Remigio Pereira altered the lyrics to ‘O Canada,’ substituting “We’re all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the brave,” in place of “With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free.”
During the performance, one of the members also held up a sign reading “All Lives Matter.”
The group has since published an apology, in which the altered verse was attributed to one Pereira alone, stating he acted as a “lone wolf” to “serve his own political views.”
The group says he will not be performing with them until further notice.
But the move may have come too late for some fans.
Before the performance had even ended, social media was alight with a barrage of criticism.
Some accused the group of embarrassing Canada.
I am actually at a loss for words at that stunt The Tenors pulled. Completely disgraceful and appalling.— Sherry (@justsherryj) July 13, 2016
The Tenors. Canadian obscurity to being more hated than Nickelback in one anthem. Do we still arrest for treason? #NoTenorsMatter— Mike Braniff (@MikeBraniff11) July 13, 2016
@chelsea_janes disrespectful. The Tenors and MLB owe Canada an apology— Blake Eady (@revpepsi) July 13, 2016
Congratulations, @TenorsMusic, you just leaped past Nickelback and Justin Beiber as the musical act I'm most ashamed of as a Canadian.— Sean Marshall (@Sean_YYZ) July 13, 2016
While others challenged the group of taking ownership of an anthem that belongs to all Canadians.
@TenorsMusic You should be ashamed, how dare you change our anthem to suit your message!!!!— Brewsky1993 (@Brewsky1993) July 13, 2016
Dear Tenors....political statements are to be made on your own time not when you're singing our National Anthem.— Paul Bromby (@PaulBromby) July 13, 2016