Derogatory Ethnic Term Unacceptable

The  Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) today released its decision concerning the use of a racial term on the American radio program Tom Kent broadcast on CFXL-FM (XL 103  FM, Calgary).  The CBSC concluded that  the broadcast of the term “chinaman” violated the Canadian Association of  Broadcasters’ (CAB) Equitable Portrayal  Code.

The Tom Kent show consists of music and  some talk.  On the February 10, 2012  episode, Kent spoke with a caller about a man who was planning a world record  parachute jump.  The caller made the  comment “when he splats on [the] ground, [people will] say ‘Well, it definitely  wasn’t Superman’”. Kent then replied, “They’ll say it was that famous chinaman,  Sum Dum Guy.”

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