Mark Donnelly is an opera singer based out of Vancouver, but he's perhaps best-known as the Canadian anthem singer at Vancouver Canucks games. The tenor has been leading the Rogers Arena crowd in his stirring renditions of "O Canada" for years, and he's become a recognizable local figure for it. He's very closely linked to the team, listed on the Canucks' website under Game Entertaiment Performers and often touted as "Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly" in commercials and at other Vancouver events.Yup. There is he is. Nice images for a family-friendly sports franchise eh?
That in mind, one has to wonder how the team feels that their noted anthem singer has also decided to become closely associated with the New Abortion Caravan, a group of trucks with 7-foot tall and 22-foot long billboards adorned with graphic abortion imagery that will be driving across Canada beginning this week.
On Tuesday, he sang the anthem at their launch on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
This is what he had to say before he sang:
"I'd just like to say. There's a lot of Canadians, both born and unborn, and this is for all of us, for everyone out here too and all of Canada.Doesn't sound like the sharpest knife in the drawer, does he?
Remember if we can't discuss things rationally, then we're not Canadians, we have to be able to talk."
But trading on his local celebrity to help launch an anti-abortion campaign in Crunchy Granola Land?
Here's the Gore Gang he's now associated with. These are the people also behind the 'Genocide Awareness Project', which regularly causes ruckuses on university campuses. And of course, there's the infamous postcard campaign that mightily pissed off Calgarians last March.
Now, DJ!'s sports fans will remember the spot of bother the Ottawa Senators found themselves in when their 'Better Halves' (that would be wives and girlfriends) decided to play footsie with a lying Xian
So. How's this little stunt going over with fetishists?
SUZY thinks it will open a whole new market to the Message.
The New Abortion Caravan Makes the...Sports Page?(Um, I think SUZY's got an extra 'not' in there? Or is SHE being subtle?)
The guy who sings O Canada at the Vancouver Canucks' Game sang the anthem at the launch of the New Abortion Caravan. Yahoo Sports covered it.
Way to go Abortion Caravan. People who were never exposed to abortion issue were not made aware of it. Thumbs up.
How about the fans?
Oh dear again.
Wow. Mark Donnelly (anthem singer for the @VanCanucks) sang O Canada at an anti-choice rallyPlease contact Nucks org and complain.— Lisa Why (@lis0r) June 1, 2012
That would be the team's official Twitter account @VanCanucks.
In related news, you gotta follow @FetusCaravan, the blow-by-blow of the Gore Tour from inside the bus, so to speak. Hmm, the account seems to have undergone a staffing change. Related to this perhaps?
On the road again! The fetusmobile is crowded. Packed in like sardines, rubbing up against each other and and and ahhhhhhhhh !loiwsfpgh— Fetus Caravan (@FetusCaravan) June 1, 2012
Rest assured that DJ! will be following this.
*More on the Vicious Abortion Crusaders Crusade against the Ottawa Senators can be found here.