TORONTO — Some Toronto councillors are wearing pink today in a light-hearted protest after hockey commentator Don Cherry lashed out at “left-wing pinkos” in a speech during Tuesday’s mayoral investiture.
Coun. Ana Bailao says she wore a pink scarf to “make a statement” that divisive remarks like Cherry’s have no place in council.
Bailao said many of her colleagues are showing their disappointment in Tuesday’s ceremony by sporting pink scarves, suits or accessories.
She said the so-called pink protest came about spontaneously.
In a speech during Tuesday’s inaugural council meeting, Cherry blasted “pinkos,” cyclists and the “left-wing” media.
Some councillors took offence, saying Cherry’s words set an unpleasant tone for the term under newly elected Mayor Rob Ford.
Bailao said she hopes council can “move on” and work together respectfully.
Meanwhile, Cherry’s tirade set the Internet abuzz, drawing thousands of comments on news websites, blogs and social media.
The sportscaster was a trending topic on Twitter on Tuesday, with the words “pinko” and “left wing” growing popular among Canadian users on Wednesday.