by mike in boston / @mikeinboston / email
Quick post here just so we have it on the record. Joey Vendetta tweeted early on Canada Day that those who don’t like the country should find somewhere else to live.
Vendetta, also known as Joey Scoleri, hosts a Saturday afternoon show on FAN590, and has served as a fill in host across the line-up for a number of years. He is also the Head of Industry Relations at Live Nation Canada.
His tweet prompted a significant response from others in sports media,
notably none of them from Rogers. (see comments below: both Donnovan Bennett and JD Bunkis spoke up).
This is really impressively dumb and ignorant.
— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) July 1, 2021
P.S. I was born and raised here, as was every Indigenous Canadian. We aren’t leaving because of people like you. https://t.co/HvhEe6Ra1R
— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) July 1, 2021
This is exactly the kind of simple, childish, selfish thinking that any country worth a damn should never celebrate
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) July 1, 2021
A day later Vendetta posted an apology on twitter before closing his account.
— Simon Dingley@CBC (@SimonDingleyTV) July 3, 2021
These remarks come one day after Rogers radio dedicated programming to amplifying Indigenous voices in the wake of the discovery of unmarked graves at residential school sites.
Today is A Day To Listen 🧡 In partnership with @DownieWenjack Fund, over 500 radio stations across Canada, including those at @RogersMedia, are airing a full day of programming dedicated to amplifying Indigenous voices 🌾#IndigenousHistoryMonth | #DoSomething https://t.co/pytGxZh7En
— Rogers Sports & Media PR (@RogersMediaPR) June 30, 2021
These comments also follow Don Cherry’s now infamous “you people” commentary on Hockey Night in Canada, which ultimately led to his dismissal (for refusing to apologize) by Rogers. Vendetta was scheduled to host his radio show today (Saturday July 3rd) but it has been replaced by syndicated CBS content.
TSM has reached out to Sportsnet management for comment on the situation, and we will update this story if and when they reply.
Comments are open and we encourage civil dialogue on the topic.
thanks for reading and commenting,
until next time …
mike (not really in boston)