Dropping an f-bomb is no longer considered taboo in Canada. At least, not in French.
The Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC) reached a decision yesterday saying that “fuck” isn’t necessarily vulgar when spoken in French.
Radio and TV stations are now free to use “fuck” liberally, as long as it isn’t directed towards an individual.
But again, only in French.
“This English ‘dirty’ word is now, although unfortunately, part of the common French spoken language” said the CBSC in its decision.
So, as of yesterday, saying “fuck” while on a French TV or radio show in Canada is completely fine.
Montreal radio station CKOI-FM sparked the “fuck” debate after playing a clip of the singer Madonna using the four-letter-word.
The audio clip was an excerpt of the American singer’s speech at the Women’s March on Washington held after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Towards the end of the clip, when addressing detractors of the Women’s March, Madonna says “fuck you.”
Hosts of the show then liberally repeated the singer’s choice of words, saying, on air, “fuck you, fuck you, fuck you.”
Something similar occurred a few months later.
Another radio show on CKOI-FM played an audio file of Green Day front man Billie Joe saying “fuck” and a couple of variations of the word (“fucking” and “motherfucker”), leading to a complaint from a listener.
The complainant told the radio station the use of “fuck” is inappropriate for on-air use. CKOI-FM disagreed, saying that “fuck” isn’t necessarily a bad word in modern French.
Not all that pleased with the response, the listener took their complaint to the CBSC.
But after a panel examined the complaint, the CBSC sided with CKOI-FM, finding that “fuck” isn’t a bad word in French.
“The English word ‘fuck’ does not have the same vulgar connotation when used in French” the CBSC concluded, adding that “language is evolutionary and reflects current society.”