CBC’s Ron MacLean, best known as a hockey commentator, was in town recently,
and like any food-loving visitor,he visited Mallard Cottage for a meal. The meal MacLean
chose was Mallard’s contribution to The Overcast’s Temporary Burger Showdown – a seal burger.
When MacLean told Don Cherry what he had for lunch, Cherry “jokingly” asked MacLean,
during a Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, “What are you, a savage, a barbarian?”
The comment was met with national outrage, in the form of sadness, anger, or wit:
Eating seal is barbaric. Now, buy Rock em sock em 97 where grown men punch the face off each other for two hours.
— Keith Dunne (@KeithDunneNL) February 8, 2015
According to Don Cherry, my Inuk friends are savages because they eat seal. The network should fire him for his racist remark. — Matthew Coon Come (@mcooncome) February 8, 2015
Don has been quick to apologize for the remark:
… But if he really wants to make it up to us, he should make his next suit a sealskin suit?
1) Evidently I upset some people about my seal burger comments. I would like to try to explain my comments. Not because I was told to — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) February 8, 2015
2) or forced to. I do it because I feel I have hurt the feelings of some people I like and admire. I have friends who hunt deer and ducks — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) February 8, 2015
3) and I myself have eaten venison and duck meat. Just the same as people who hunt seals and eat seal meat. I have no problem with my — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) February 8, 2015
4) friends who are hunters and eat venison and duck. Just the same, as I have no problem, with people who hunt seals and seal meat. — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) February 8, 2015
5) I do however find it very unusual, in my world, that a person would go into a restaurant and order a seal burger for lunch. — Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) February 8, 2015
The chef, Todd Perrin, who decided to enter the burger challenge with a seal burger,
is no stranger to commentary on serving seal meat and was entirely unphased by the comment.
Mallard’s burger is certainly the anomalous conversation piece in the competition.
And if you’re one who is wary of seal meat, you can’t say you’re not curious about it now?
What better way to try seal for the first time, than in burger format, prepared by one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs.
— Todd Perrin (@toddperrin) February 9, 2015