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The Tenor Who Slipped "All Lives Matter" Into The Canadian National Anthem Is Very Sorry

Remigio Pereira says his best friend growing up was black.

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The singer who, inexplicably, inserted "all lives matter" into the Canadian national anthem has apologized for his actions.

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Remigio Pereira, one of four members of the Canadian opera group The Tenors, went off-script at the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego earlier this week.

While singing O Canada, Pereira changed the line "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free" to "We're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great."

The Tenors suspending Pereira from the group, calling him a "lone wolf" in a statement.

"The other members of the group are shocked and embarrassed by the actions of Remigio Pereira, who changed the lyrics of our treasured anthem and used this coveted platform to serve his own political views," the group said.

On Friday, Pereira posted a video on his Facebook page apologizing for the anthem change. "By no means am I racist," he said, adding that his best childhood friend was black.

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He also apologized directly to members of Black Lives Matter, and said "all lives matter" was not intended to be an attack on the civil rights movement but rather to promote "unity."

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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