Listen to The Tenors' Remigio Pereira's New Statement After All-Star Game Controversy: 'Black Lives Do Matter'
After being dismissed from The Tenors (until further notice), Remigio Pereira has taken to SoundCloud to make a statement about his controversial MLB All-Star Game appearance.
On Tuesday, The Tenors received backlash after their performance of the Canadian national anthem during the 87th All-Star Game, when Pereira held up a sign that read “All Lives Matter” during the middle portion of the anthem and also changed a line to “We’re all brothers and sisters/ All lives matter to the great.”
The Tenors took to Twitter to apologize for the “disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment” on Pereira’s part. Pereira soon tweeted his own apology, citing the lyric change as motived by the hope for “one love.”
In Pereira’s new statement on SoundCloud, he further explains his choice and backs his decision to say “all lives matter.”
“I weep when I see videos of a man just trying to sell a CD and he gets killed, murdered,” said Pereira. “Just like I weep if I see a cop get killed, because my cousin is a cop, and I know that they put their lives on the line every single day for us.”
In the SoundCloud statement, titled “Black Lives Do Matter,” Pereira says the country was built on diversity. “No disrespect whatsoever to Black Lives Matter because black lives do matter,” he says. “This country was built through diversity, exchanging ideas, exchanging cultures. That’s how we move ahead in society. Not segregating everyone.”
Listen to the full statement below: