I was wondering about that too. I really appreciate that we can get dialogue uncensored on tv because there is nothing worse than the ridiculous dubbing that goes on on American TV. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a particularly fine example if you've ever seen that on TV.
I don't care so much about the radio rules though. I like the profanity on TV but we have the radio going at work and we'd be forced to listen to cbc radio if passer's by started to get offended and complain because there are only a couple of stations here to choose from. Maybe that is why the different CRTC rules. But who knows what really goes on.
@rehand_bl: It is more than that. It was meant as a satirical comment on those that think and talk that way. Sometimes I think those in 'control' in regulatory functions wouldn't recognize satire and freedom of speech if it bit them in the balls.
I have a problem with banning words in general. As do most people who understand that banning a word won't solve the problem - if people want to discriminate and use pejorative terms, they'll just find a new word. It doesn't mean they won't be able to express their hate.
The Canadian government, and the CRTC, had nothing to do with this decision. It was the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, an association of private broadcasters, that made a decision to ban the offending word "faggot" from Canadian airwaves, based on a single complaint from a listener in Newfoundland.
"The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is an independent, non-governmental organization created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to administer standards established by its members, Canada's private broadcasters. The Council's membership includes more than 730 private sector radio and television stations, specialty services and networks from across Canada, programming in English, French and third languages."
"The CBSC concluded that the presence of the word â??faggotâ?? in the song contravened the Human Rights Clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcastersâ?? (CAB) Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code."
The CRTC licences Sirius satellite radio in Canada. I'm guessing that, because it's a subscription-based service, not free to air, they're not as concerned about "offensive" content. However, the owners of Sirius Canada, Slaight Communications, the CBC and Sirius Canada, must also comply with the CBSC decision.
If they want to play the song, they'll have to play an edited version.
As for the song, it's playing in heavy rotation, unedited, here in Montreal (my new car has an XM radio, fuckers, so I can only listen to Sirius on line for now). In fact, I think the song is getting more airplay now then it did in the 80's.