WATCH: Canadian band The Tenors alters ‘O Canada’ with “All Lives Matter” message
The singer who sparked a massive backlash after adding “All Lives Matter” to the Canadian national anthem at the MLB Allstar game says he wasn’t trying to play politics.
In a message posted directly to SoundCloud today, Remigio Pereira, member of Canadian group The Tenors instead we was pitching a message of unity.
“This was not a political statement. No disrespect what so ever to Black Lives Matter, because black lives do matter, they most definitely do.”
Pereira says his move to change the anthem’s lyrics, and hold a card up reading “All lives matter” and “United we stand” instead was driven by his hatred of all killing.
“I don’t agree with black people dying. I weep when I see videos of a man just trying to sell a CD, and he gets killed, murdered. Just like I weep if I see a cop get killed, because my cousin is a cop.”
LISTEN: Remigio Periera explains his altering of the lyrics to the national anthem
But while Pereira says he was trying to unite people, his change was nothing but divisive.
Social media lit up last night with angry comments, some accusing the singer of shaming the country, others calling the move racist, and some enraged he’d taken ownership of the anthem.
Following the performance the Tenors apologized, calling Pereira a “lone wolf” and saying he would not be performing with the group until further notice.