Fuck the Taboo

TitleFuck the Taboo
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFunke, MB, Funke, RD, Greer, S, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
AbstractGeorge Carlin famously made fun of the seven words that you couldn’t say on television in the United States: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. For the most part, those prohibitions are still in effect. However, things may be changing somewhat up north. In March of 2018, the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council (CBSC) decided to relent. The phrase in question was “baise-moi”, which translates into English as “fuck me.” And the CBSC ruled that the French phrase (Canada’s national languages are both French and English) had become so commonplace that it did not have the same vulgar connotation as its English translation. Thus, it no longer made sense to censor it from broadcasts
Notes©2018 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics   Case from the 2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Regional Competition