Not so if you are Toronto Maple Leafs Ice Hockey goalie Jonathan Bernier. On the first anniversary of Mandela’s death the Toronto Raptors, a basketball team, hosted a “The Giant of Africa” celebration to raise money for charity. Celebrities were asked about their thoughts on Mandela’s legacy – including Bernier. Our advice is – if you don’t know what you are talking about, rather shut the hell up.
This is how the interview went:
Question: Obviously Nelson Mandela, one of the most significant historical figures of the twentieth century. What knowledge or awareness did you have of him growing up, or when did you learn of him?
Bernier: Well obviously growing up, he’s one of the most known athletes in the world. A lot of impact in any kind of sport that he did, and even playing hockey, everyone knows him, right? From being the type of person that he was off the ice and on the ice. It’s unfortunate that he passed a year ago, but, he changed a lot while he was with us, and he’s a tremendous guy.
Dude, if you are going to an event in honour of someone and you are going to do interviews make sure you know who it is!