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    In a rehash of a tasteless and ignorant sentiment shared by few Americans, a Canadian comedy program, shown on the French-language Radio-Canada network, recently came under fire for joking about the possible assassination of President Barack Obama. Oddly enough, the show ("Bye-Bye 2008") took place on New Year's Eve, nearly six months ago. But due to hundreds of complaints, something is finally being done about it.

    The radio segment featured a slew of offensive statements in which the hosts seemed to revel in their own banter. At one point, one of the hosts stated, "We're not racists. It will be good to have a Negro in the White House. It will be practical. Black on white, it will be easier to shoot him."

    To its credit, the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council said it found, "nothing redeeming in the allegedly comedic notion that an American president should be shot, still less that this would be easier to achieve because of the color of the president's skin. It was a disturbing, wounding, abusive racial comment."

    On another segment of the show, an Obama impersonator was featured in a faux interview in which the host said, "The blacks, you all look alike," and then warned viewers to hide their purses.

    The council added that the comments and sketches breached regulations, saying they "went too far in terms of Canadian broadcast standards." Which is kind of a given, provided that they probably went too far as far as global broadcasting standards are concerned, save for, of course, those ever-resilient neo-Nazis and maybe the Klan on close-frequency ham radios.
    Not surprisingly, the producers of the show actually denied the skits had been racist, saying they had meant to mock the characters making the offensive remarks, which is akin to saying Rush Limbaugh isn't a racist... total BS.

    The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is supposedly conducting a probe of the show. And although it doesn't have the power to fine Radio-Canada, it can issue a public reprimand.

    According to a spokeswoman for the commission, such reprimands could cause problems for the network when it comes time to renew its broadcasting license. Radio-Canada is due to apply for a license renewal in 2011.

    And amid all this is the fact that Canadians, like much of the world, overwhelmingly love President Obama. Polls regularly show that Canadians like Obama far more than they do their own leaders. Tens of thousands turned up to cheer him when he made a brief visit to Ottawa in February. That makes it even more mind-boggling that a radio station would think it was appropriate to air something so belligerent.


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    Before anyone says anything, I have no idea why this has posted like this. It was a simple cut and paste, per usual. I tried to edit it but it appears normal when I do this. So if anyone can post it correctly, I'll erase this earlier post. Thanks!
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    how did i know, without even reading it, that it came from quebec?

    they're a bit xenophobic and assholish outside the major cities..
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    The only think mildly shocking is that it's from Canada and not America. Other than that, it's business as usual.

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    Yes, i would like you to know the rest of canada (and most of quebec i'm sure) finds that kind of thing reprehensible.
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    Hey, it just shows, once again, that you've got stupid, racist people all over the globe. I don't even get that upset about it anymore. A waste of energy.

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