Here’s an interesting blog post concerning a complaint I’d never heard about before, filed against CKUT (Radio McGill) by an uptight Montrealer. Apparently the radio station, which is known for being …
anarchist pinko commie Islam-apologist Christian-hating militant anti-American pro-big-government and yet anti-government left-wingers, aired a song called “Banging in the Nails”, which supposedly “gleefully mocked” the Crucifixion.
CKUT’s reaction to the complaint is surprisingly conciliatory. They issued an apology acknowledging that they could have been a bit more careful with presenting such strong sentiments without sufficient context, and “started a dialogue” (they’re all about dialogue those kids). Their reaction may have had something to do with being scared out of their minds that the normally laid-back CRTC had presented them with a complaint.
CKUT’s apology didn’t please the complainants, and their counter-offer apology text didn’t sit well with CKUT, so off to mommy they went.
The decision, which notes that the CRTC “does not regulate taste”, ruled in favour of CKUT, saying the song, taken in a larger context, clearly denotes a satirical comment in bad taste, but not an abusive comment targeted at a religious group.
One concern I have with the CRTC decision, however, is that it is based in part on the fact that CKUT is a university radio station and the show is a showcase for alternative bands. The implication is that, if this song had been played on Mix 96 or some other mainstream station, the decision might have been different.
But perhaps I’m just being paranoid.