Broadcast Council on the offensive
Faggots worried about censorshipJan 14th, 2011 | By Coco Cabrera | Category: Business
Following the lead of American publishers who are issuing an edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with the offensive term “Nigger” expurgated from the text, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has banned Canadian radio stations from playing Dire Straits’ hit single “Money for Nothing” because a character voiced in the song uses the offensive term “faggot.” The action comes in response to a complaint from some hysterical old Newfie queen in St. John’s. The beloved “Fairy Tale of New York” by The Pogues is assumed to be also covered by the prohibition. Spokespriests for the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka called off their planned picketing of Canada’s embassy in Washington and praised the stance taken by the CBSC.
The ban is the first step in a process of eliminating, from all media, the thoughts or expressions of any fictional characters with negative views. “Characters on television or on the radio must be nice,” said CBSC spokesperson Mariette Pont-Dugay. “Canadian society cannot advance if media are putting forward negative stereotypes of any kind. I mean, would you want to sit down with your family in front of the radio and hear this song?”
The move is seen as putting yet another hurdle in the way of Canadian creators in the television media. They already struggle with limited productions on small budgets and broadcast executives who are generally viewed as the most retarded in Christendom.
“You see, that last sentence in this very piece,” said Pont-Dugay, “the language is unacceptable, you can no longer say ‘retarded’ despite the Canadian situation.”
The creation of antagonists in drama is going to be a more difficult exercise after the ban is in place. “Hitler appears as a character in the television movie we are producing,” said Henry Briar of Dead Donkey Films of Toronto. “It’s about Canada’s role in the Second World War. I guess we’ll have to show Hitler’s nice side. We desperately need this project.”
African-American hip-hop artists who casually use the term “nigger” and celebrate misogyny, homophobia and gun violence in their lyrics are placing the regulatory panel in their own dire straits.
“Now stop that,” said Pont-Dugay.
-with files by Paul Moth and Heber Dolphy.