Crude hockey chant should be dropped

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Memo­rial Ma­raud­ers for play­ing some of their best hockey so far this sea­son at the Red Cup tour­na­ment. The games were en­ter­tain­ing.

I have a con­cern, how­ever, with some of the ma­te­rial chanted by the cheer­lead­ers, sup­pos­edly to in­spire the play­ers and fans. What are they think­ing?

One chant in par­tic­u­lar did not start just re­cently but in fact has been brought to the at­ten­tion of past ad­min­is­tra­tion at Riverview High School – to no avail. This chant is known to any­one who at­tends the Riverview games: it is of­fen­sive, crude, and shows a lack of class both by those who per­form it and by the staff and ad­min­is­tra­tion who con­tinue to con­done it.

I must add that not all Riverview staff agree with the use of this chant, some hav­ing voiced their con­cerns.

The re­ac­tions of some of the fans – se­niors, par­ents, hockey fans young and old – were ap­par­ent on Red Cup week­end: star­tled looks, com­ments, shak­ing heads.

There were teams and their fans here from across our prov­ince as well as Man­i­toba. What kind of im­pres­sions did they leave with, and are th­ese all flat­ter­ing to our com­mu­nity?

This type of lan­guage and be­hav­iour just add to the hill­billy rep­u­ta­tion we Cape Bre­ton­ers all too of­ten get sad­dled with.

It is long past time for the Riverview ad­min­is­tra­tion (mem­bers of which were at the arena that week­end) to rec­tify this by re­mov­ing this chant from their cheer­lead­ers’ reper­toire.

What does this chant have to do with the game of hockey? Charles MacLennan North Syd­ney

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