Thursday, January 13, 2011

What Ever happened to context?

It's a sad day for people who prefer to think for themselves.

Today, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council  released its decision concerning the broadcast of the unedited version of the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits on CHOZ-FM (OZ FM, Newfoundland).  The CBSC concluded that the presence of the word "faggot" in the song contravened the Human Rights Clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB)Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.

The CBSC is a self-governing body of the broadcast industry so that, ostensibly government doesn't have to worry about creating and enforcing policy regarding material that may be offensive to those who may easily take offence.

I find this ruling to be especially scary for three reasons:

  1. The ruling does nothing to address the context in which the word "faggot" is used.  It is perjoritive, but it actually ridicules the person uttering the offensive word.  Sure, words can be offensive, but perhaps looking at things in context would have dismissed this complaint right from the start.
  2. This entire thing was precipitated by a _single_ complaint.  Basically, one person's opinion changes everything.
  3. As a result, it is now verboten to play the full, unedited version of this song.

What's next?  We should ban "I saw her standing there" by The Beatles because the lyric "She was just 17, you know what I mean." which very obviously is suggestive of abusing children.

Context is everything.

Yet another example of how society really is going to hell.  Maybe this whole 2012 apocalypse thing isn't so far fetched after all.

With that, I think I need to go out and get a few fagots of kindling for the fire.

1 comment:

  1. I hear you, brother!