So there’s been some bemused complaint north of the 49th over the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council’s decision to ban Dire Straits’ Money for Nothing over three instances of the word “faggot”. (Meanwhile, hip-hop songs that are actually homophobic haven’t made it to the top of the CBSC’s to-do list for about ten years.) This gives me a small measure of schadenfreude because the same people who’re treating this as a vaguely-unfunny joke played on the rest of the country by Fucking Ontario were frothing at the mouth last week when NewSouth Books dared to publish a Bowdlerized version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Of course, NewSouth is an American company — with dozens of competitors from whom one can get the real deal — and the CRTC is, well, Canadian. (Whence my schadenfreude — a good German word for a properly-multicultural Canuck.)
I get a whole lot more schadenfreude out of doing this:
Bully for Trudeau for getting as much as he could, I guess, but the Charter starts like this:
1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees the rights and freedoms set out in it subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.
So when Article 2. (b) insists that everyone has
freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression
it really means that freedom of expression (and, frighteningly, thought) is “…subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can &c.“. Kicking Money for Nothing off the air is apparently reasonable and demonstrably justified.
This is what happens when you think you can have positive rights — you eventually find out that positive rights aren’t rights at all, no matter what language is used to express them.