Singer Suspended After Changing 'O Canada' Lyrics to Include 'All Lives Matter' at All-Star Game
The Canadian vocal group The Tenors have apologized after a member of the collective changed the lyrics of national anthem "O Canada" to include "all lives matter" at the MLB All-Star Game.
During opening ceremonies inside San Diego’s Petco Park, the group took the field to sing their country’s national anthem when one singer, Remigo Pereira, went rogue and altered the song lyrics and held up a sign that read “All Lives Matter.”
The verse he was supposed to sing went: “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.” Instead, he went with: “We're all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great."
The group came under fire and later tweeted an apology.
They wrote: “The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a 'lone wolf.’”
The tweet also said that Pereira was suspended from the group, “The actions of one member of this group were extremely selfish and he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice.”
After the performance, Pereira took to Twitter to defend his decision.
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.— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
That was my singular motivation when I said all lives matter.— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
Major League Baseball said it was unaware of the singer's intention to change the song lyrics, according to NPR.