Remigio Pereira has been suspended from The Tenors after changing the lyrics of the national anthem to reference his own political views.
The Canadian vocal quartet were performing at the MLB All-Star game at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday (12Jul16) when Remigio unexpectedly altered a line in the O Canada national anthem.
Instead of singing the normal lyric "With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free", Remigio sang, "We're all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great." He also held up a sign which read: "All Lives Matter", with "United we stand" written on the back.
The phrase "All Lives Matter" is widely considered a racist slogan as it has become known for being a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained even more momentum following the shootings of black men Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers.
Following the lyrical change, which caused outrage on Twitter, the remaining members of The Tenors - Clifton Murray, Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef - released a statement explaining Remigio has been suspended from the group.
"The Tenors are deeply sorry for the disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment by one member of the group acting as a ‘lone wolf’ today during the singing of the Canadian national anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego," the group wrote on Twitter.
"The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views. Our sincere apologies and regrets go out to everyone who witnessed this shameful act, to our fellow Canadians, to Major League Baseball, to our friends, families, fans and to all those affected. The actions of one member of this group were extremely selfish and he will not be performing with The Tenors until further notice."
However, following the statement, Remigio took to his own Twitter in an attempt to defend his actions.
"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," he wrote. "That was my singular motivation when I said all lives matter.
"I speak for the human race and the lives of all sentient beings. Love, peace and harmony for ALL has always been my life's purpose. From the bottom and all corners of my heart, be good to one another, love one another. Let us all live in peace, it is everyone's birthright. Once we awaken the love within, we will never be without."
He signed off his message by writing: "Peace be with us all, Remi."
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