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Children’s singer tries to ‘mute’ Don Cherry

Dec 19, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT


You may not be aware of “Canadian children’s entertainer” Raffi Cavoukian, but it might be best to know him as Don Cherry’s latest critic.

It probably wouldn’t be accurate to call him the “loudest” one, though, since he started a Twitter campaign to “mute” the fiery Canadian hockey analyst. Cavoukian explained his reasoning to Chris Zelkovich of The Star.

“For years I’ve been watching him get louder and louder,” Cavoukian said. “He sounds and acts like a bully. That’s not fun and it’s not a good example for the kids who are watching.

“In this day and age of all the hockey violence, we should be putting a stop to this.”

Zelkovich reports that there was some pro-Cherry backlash – complete with a “#muteraffi” campaign – but 62 percent of The Star’s readers “sided” with the children’s singer.

It’s an amusing squabble, especially if you imagine other clashes of kids shows and hockey personalities. I take delight in picturing Todd Bertuzzi vs. Barney and Spongebob Squarepants against Sean Avery, in particular.

(Raffi photo via his Twitter page.)

  1. danphipps01 - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    Huh. There are two names I never expected to see together.

  2. Kristenaux - Dec 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    I’ve been trying to ‘mute’ Cherry in my head for years, barring ignoring him altogether. He’s a person who ‘might’ have known hockey in the 60’s but he doesn’t come close to knowing hockey today.

  3. loinstache - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Cherry has always been inflammatory, and it annoys people and I’ve always sided him for that reason. However in his age he’s starting to get more boisterous and I’m worried he’s going to say something truly offensive and wrong… I’d like to see him finish as that loud old rambly guy, not the senile mess who had to get escorted out.

    • mikebel11 - Dec 20, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      Can you go back in time 15 years? Cherry’s been a senile mess for at least that long. How he’s still on t.v is beyond me. He’s a hypocritical, moronic, know nothing old man. One week he’s telling kids not to block shots cause one deflected into the net, the next week hes jizzing in his pants over some one blocking a shot and telling kids that’s the way to play the game. One week hes babbling on and on about how dirty the game is and how concussions are ruining the game the next week he’s releasing his annual video full of concussion providing hits that has made him millions.

  4. rca26 - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Raffi is a lot more than a children’s entertainer…he’s a very thoughtful, well-read guy who has used his success to become an advocate for children, sort of a latter-day/Canadian Mr. Rogers. So I’d think his opinion carries some weight.

  5. Tristan - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Baby Beluga and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em were both very big deals for me when I was two and ten, respectively. But, in a head to head contest, it’s Baby Beluga by one punch kayo, no questions asked.

  6. t16rich - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    The worry on Ron Mcleans face when Don starts to speak says it all. Don Cherry is going to say something that pisses everyone off, then CBC and hockey might get gutted. TSN and Sportsnet are already taking over. They have all the best analysts and truly make CBC’s cast of idiots look like they learnt hockey in remedial PE class.

    • danphipps01 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      Why do you think Ron’s always doing guest spots on the other networks? He’s been preparing to abandon ship for years.

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