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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