10 November 2017 - Canada Uncensors the Word "Fuck" on Radio
Beatrice Dupuy (Newsweek, 09/11/2017)
It is now OK to say "fuck" on French-language broadcasts in Canada, thanks to a new ruling by the country's censors.
The Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council ruled Wednesday that the English-language version of the famous "four-letter word" has become such a part of French-Canadian vernacular that it’s no longer too vulgar to speak on air.
"In some previous decisions that the English word 'fuck' constitutes language 'for adults' even in a French-language program, the Panel Adjudicators note that the English word 'fuck' does not have the same vulgar connotation when used in French," the council said in a statement.
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that a Quebec music radio station did not violate any rules by airing two clips of celebrities using the F-word as part of public speeches.
A listener of CKOI-FM filed a complaint after hearing the profane clips from Madonna and Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong played two months apart on afternoon programming.
Staff and Agencies (The Guardian, 09/11/2017)
The Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC) had previously classified the word as being suitable only for adults in both French and English, banning its use on radio and television to beyond the evening watershed and even then, only with a warning.
But after complaints from listeners that the French-language Montreal radio station CKOI-FM had twice aired clips with the word this year, it changed its mind in a ruling released Wednesday.
Helena Horton (The Telegraph, 09/11/2017)
Although on English-language broadcasting the word is still not used until it is beyond the evening watershed - and even then it is only used with a prior warning - it has been decided that on French-language radio stations it is perfectly fine to broadcast the profanity at any time of day.
The Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC) previously restricted use of the word on both French and English-language radio stations, but relaxed the rules after complaints from listeners.
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"10 November 2017 - Canada Uncensors the Word "Fuck" on Radio", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), octobre 2017. Consulté le 26/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2017/10-november-2017-canada-uncensors-the-word-fuck-on-radio