Baseball fans are furious after the lyrics of Canada's national anthem were changed ahead of the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night during a performance by a Canadian music group.
The Tenors' rendition of the anthem included the addition of the phrase "All lives matter," as they sang to the crowd at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.
One band member, Remigio Pereira, held up a sign with the controversial statement and the words "United We Stand" written on the back.
"We're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great," Pereira sang, replacing the original lyrics, "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free."
"All Lives Matter" is widely denounced by the U.S.-originated Black Lives Matter movement, which believes the phrase undermines its struggle for equality.
The Tenors' performance wasn't televised in the U.S., as the FOX network cut to a commercial break instead — but social media users noticed the lyric change almost immediately.
Twitter users called the group's version "disrespectful," and many promised to boycott the band.
I'll never buy The Tenors music again! Or watch an All-Star game. Both of which have never happened but it's the principle! #itaintaboutyou— Sheryl Rooth (@sherylwillwrite) July 13, 2016
So very very very very very very very disrespectful!!!! @TenorsMusic what made you think that was okay? And the face you're Canadian 😡— Colleen C (@colleenAAS_LTS) July 13, 2016
How dare The Tenors change our Canadian Anthem ! Wrong on so many levels!— jacqueline knight (@jacqueline1953) July 13, 2016
The Tenors' Facebook page was also inundated with angry messages.
"All true Canadians should boycott The Tenors for the way they dishonoured our Nation Anthem," wrote Facebook user Rick Ketteringham.
"You guys are a JOKE, Canadians pride ourselves on being humble and diverse and you just slandered the anthem for your own selfish reasons," said another.
The Tenors respond
On social media later on Tuesday night, The Tenors apologized for the "disrespectful and misguided lack of judgment" by Pereira, calling him a "lone wolf" in changing the lyrics.
"The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed," read the statement, which added that Pereira will not be performing with the band until further notice.
'Lone wolf' explains motivation
Pereira tweeted early Wednesday morning that he had hoped to make a positive statement that would unite people in light of recent police killings of black men in the U.S. and an ambush in Dallas that ended with the deaths of five officers.
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.— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
That was my singular motivation when I said all lives matter.— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
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.— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
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— Remigio of TheTenors (@RemigioPereira) July 13, 2016
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