Cherry's 'pinko' slur appears on T-shirts, buttons
Groups cash in on hockey commentator's addresses to Toronto council
Don Cherry's contentious speech before the inaugural meeting of Toronto's new council in which he ranted against the city's "left-wing pinkos" has inspired an array of pinko-labelled paraphernalia.
Spacing magazine and the cycling advocacy group Biking Toronto both demonstrated Wednesday that they aren't averse to using the "pinko" tag — a pejorative term originally used to describe those sympathetic to communists — to work the capitalist system.
Spacing on Wednesday asked readers to vote on one of three designs for "left-wing pinko" buttons and fridge magnets. The winning choice will be available for sale at some stores around Toronto by Thursday.
Meanwhile, Biking Toronto, an online resource for cyclists, is selling "left-wing pinko" T-shirts — a nod to Cherry's explanation for why he chose to wear a flamboyant pink jacket to the inauguration of Mayor Rob Ford Tuesday.
"Well, actually I'm wearing pinko for all the pinkos out there that ride bicycles and everything," he told the council, although it was unclear at that point if he was referring to any one group in particular.
Both organizations are trying to tap into the widespread outrage over the remarks made by the hockey commentator, who was invited to the ceremony by Ford himself.
In his speech, Cherry also criticized a number of media articles that mentioned him, telling Ford that was the type of criticism he can expect as mayor.
"This is what you'll be facing, Rob, with these left-wing pinkos,' Cherry said. "They scrape the bottom of the barrel."
Some councillors expressed anger and disappointment that Cherry had used a council ceremony as a platform to broadcast his personal opinions.
As council reconvened Wednesday, a number of councillors wore pink articles of clothing in defiance of his comments, including Ana Bailao, Paula Fletcher, Janet Davis, Maria Augmieri, and Sarah Doucette.