A TOF hat tip to Canadian Thomas Carter and his informative letter protesting Pamela Anderson playing the Virgin Mary on prime time television on Canada’s largest station CTV. Below are some useful contact links to support the effort to stop this blasphemous anti-Catholic program from airing…
To the horror of Canada’s 12,000,000 Catholics the CTV has chosen to air on Dec. 1st, 2011, “A Russell Peter’s Christmas Special.”
In the program the Virgin Mary will be played by Pamela Anderson, a porn actress who appeared in various sex tapes with famous rock stars.
As a member of the Roman Catholic Church and a citizen of Canada I implore the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Canada) and the CBSC (Canadian Broadcasters Standards Council) to ban the airing of the upcoming program in Canada.
Allow me to point out two recent cases where the CBSC intervened recently which clearly set precedent for such a ban.
In January, 2011, the CBSC banned the song Money for Nothing by Dire Straights as it was too offensive for Canadian audiences because it contained the word “faggot”. In the context of the song it is not really used in a derogatory way, nor is the word clearly audible, however CSBC felt a ban was in order after receiving only one complaint from a listener in St. John’s Newfoundland.
In December, 2010, The CBSC banned the Canadian evangelical minister Charles McVety after an industry watchdog ruled that statements he had made about homosexuals violated its broadcasting codes.
CTV described the special as “an irreverent twist on the Christmas special making it unlike anything viewers have seen before.” This leaves little doubt to Peters’ intention to use the actress’ immoral notoriety to heighten the irreverence/offensiveness of the program.
How would Jewish Canadians feel if Pamela Anderson were to make an “irreverent” film about Auschwitz? Would African Americans not be offended by an “irreverent” film about Rosa Parks? Are Catholics any different?
The following is from section 8 of the Motion Picture Code of 1930 on religion.
1. No film or episode may throw ridicule on any religious faith.
2. Ministers of religion in their character as ministers of religion should not be used as comic characters or as villains.
3. Ceremonies of any definite religion should be carefully and respectfully handled.
The program that CTV plans to air this December 1st is hardly the type of program that would instill harmony in our multicultural society, rather it will foster religious hatred. If this is not an occasion were intervention is required I have to wonder what is.
I sincerely hope that the CRTC and the CSBC will take measures to ensure this program will not air on Canadian television.
Go here to complain to Russel.
CTV Contact Information:
P.O. Box 9, Station ‘O,’
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Telephone National: 1-866-690-6179
Telephone Ontario: 1-800-668-0060
Canadian Radio-television and telecommunications Canada