Other mem­bers of The Tenors dis­tance them­selves from out­spo­ken ‘lone wolf’

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Be­fore mak­ing international head­lines for al­ter­ing the “O Canada” lyrics to in­clude the con­tro­ver­sial state­ment “all lives mat­ter,” so­cial me­dia fol­low­ers of Remi­gio Pereira were well aware of his out­spo­ken opin­ions.

Un­ver­i­fied Face­book and In­sta­gram ac­counts at­trib­uted to the Tenors singer reg­u­larly in­cluded posts that went beyond mat­ters of mu­sic, in­clud­ing mes­sages about ve­g­an­ism, na­ture, spir­i­tu­al­ity, world peace and an­i­mal rights.

While singing the an­them with his fel­low Tenors at the Ma­jor League Base­ball all-star game in San Diego Tues­day night, Pereira changed the lyrics “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.” He also held up a sign bear­ing the mes­sage “all lives mat­ter” on one side and “united we stand” on the other.

The ac­counts un­der Pereira’s name reg­u­larly made use of the “all lives mat­ter”’ state­ment as a hash­tag on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia posts.

They also shared ar­ti­cles and opin­ions on the Flat Earth move­ment, minds be­ing “ma­nip­u­lated and de­stroyed via GMO poi­sonous foods,” and “chem­i­cal spray­ing of our skies.”

A Face­book post dated April 9 asked users who dis­agreed with what they were read­ing to “re­frain from con­tact­ing my fam­ily mem­bers with your qualms” and also made it clear that the opin­ions were not shared by the other Tenors.

“This is a plat­form and a fo­rum for dis­cus­sion and I have a right to speak my mind on is­sues that I feel af­fect us all ... as do you,” a por­tion of the post reads. “I would hope you all do some re­search and do it thor­oughly and then leave your thoughts on the is­sues raised.

“I’m putting my neck on the line many times on here. It isn’t to in­sult any­one but to help ed­u­cate the peo­ple I care about who might not know some of th­ese is­sues and post­ing a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on things we take for granted. I hope to en­gage all and to make us all think a lit­tle more. If you stay in the box you re­main in the box.”

Fol­low­ing the change to the an­them lyric, so­cial me­dia lit up with wide­spread de­ri­sion of Pereira’s unan­tic­i­pated move.

The other three Tenor mem­bers posted a state­ment on their so­cial me­dia ac­counts dis­tanc­ing them­selves from Pereira, whom they said acted as a “lone wolf,” and ex­pressed shock and em­bar­rass­ment by his ac­tions in chang­ing the lyrics of their “trea­sured an­them.”

Pereira ap­peared to share a post of his own af­ter the in­ci­dent in an ef­fort to ex­plain his mo­ti­va­tions.

“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,’” reads the Face­book post.

“I am dis­turbed that peo­ple would at­tribute any­thing other than the purest 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.”

GRE­GORY BULL, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Tenors are shown on the score­board prior to the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Tues­day.

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