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Originally posted by Duzey
I can't think of any Canadian celebrities that would be qualified for the job. For pure entertainment value, you couldn't do better than Don Cherry.
He elicited a considerable amount of controversy in 1996, after being interviewed by Maclean's for their best of the year section, when he told the Maclean's interviewer that he had previously discussed his sexual life, including his underage boyfriend and his taste for urolagnia, in an interview with the LGBT newsmagazine The Advocate. For its part, The Advocate did not print any of the controversial assertions, but Maclean's dropped him from the list and instead wrote a disparaging article on him.
In 1997, he gave a lewd performance, complete with swear words and flashing, at an all-ages venue in Fort Erie. Shortly thereafter, Ashley fought successfully to be independent of his record label and was dropped from Universal Music. He subsequently signed with the independent label Loggerhead Records for his 1999 album Helter's Celtic. During the promotional tour for that album, he revealed to the press that he had previously battled an addiction to crack coc aine.
Also in 1999, MacIsaac again gave a controversial performance at a show in Halifax, in which his entire performance consisted of a 20-minute rant containing numerous expletives and, allegedly, several racist statements. In 2003, MacIsaac was again alleged to have made racist statements on stage, at a show where he reportedly accused an Asian woman in the audience of spreading SARS. He subsequently stated that the comment was intended as a "parody" of racism, and sued the Ottawa Citizen for misrepresenting the statement as racist.
For his work supporting research into children's cancer, leukemia, and AIDS, in 1997 David Foster was honored with the United States Children's Choice Award from the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund. Both Foster and his wife are involved in a number of humanitarian causes and wrote the song "Voices That Care" which they donated to the American Red Cross and the United Service Organizations (USO). In his native Canada, Foster established the David Foster Foundation Society, giving generously of his time and talent to raise money to assist families of British Columbia children who require organ transplants.
In recognition of his achievements and humanitarian work, David Foster was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian honor, and was given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Victoria. He has a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, was awarded the Order of British Columbia and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
In January, 2004 Cherry's statement that the majority of people that wear visors were "European or French [Canadian] guys" triggered an investigation by the federal Official Languages Commissioner, and protests by French-Canadians. CBC consequently imposed a seven-second delay on Hockey Night in Canada. He was somewhat vindicated when a study was published that showed the majority of visor users in the NHL were indeed French-Canadians and Europeans.
During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Russian delegation was allegedly threatening to withdraw because of perceived bias against them when their athletes tested positive for illegal drugs. On live TV, Cherry said "I've been trying to tell you people for so long about the Russians, what kind of people they are, and you just love them in Canada with your multiculturalism. They're quitters and evidently they take a lot of drugs, too." After some outrage in the Russian-Canadian community, he was forced to apologize. Some critics still thought that apology wasn't sufficient, even though some others, such as Toronto Maple Leafs player Alexander Mogilny, dismissed Cherry's comments as insignificant, calling him a "clown".
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Originally posted by Dulcimer
Don Cherry for Prime Minister !
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[edit on 7/15/2006 by Majic]