Monday, I told you about this artist who is the origin of the CRTC’s complaint against Radio-Canada and the use of the “n-word”. You may be wondering why I didn’t give it a name.
It is that this gentleman is obviously seeking fame as an anti-racist militant, fame he cannot achieve with microscopic success as an artist. I thought he would be far too happy to name it.
Then again, he recently gave an interview on CBC that was so insane I have to go back to his record and name him.
When the CRTC blamed Radio-Canada for using the “N-word,” its English-language counterpart, the CBC, held out its microphone to plaintiff Ricardo Lamour and pulled out a smug article that leaned completely on his side without the to give ground to those who were appalled by this decision!
The opening sentence of the lyrics sets the tone: “A black Montrealer hopes Radio-Canada will work harder to accommodate the reality of his community.”
Oh, Ricardo Lamour is THE representative of the entire Afro-Canadian community?
The article continues, “For Lamour, the CRTC’s decision marks the end of an ordeal that began two years ago when host Annie Desrochers and columnist Simon Jodoin uttered the ‘n-word’ multiple times.” Agony? Serious ?
That word the dictionary defines as “a very severe affliction (physical or moral)”?
Lamour tells the CBC reporter that he heard the segment in question when he was about to give a radio interview. How did he react? “I completely lost concentration. I was irritated”.
He adds that the program should have warned its listeners that the “N-word” would be used. And that the members of the team should have known that three months after the killing of George Floyd, the word would be taken poorly.
And that’s not all. The CBC describes the process of Lamour’s complaint to the CRTC as “demanding and exhausting” because to get this he had to “send several follow-up emails to get a response”.
But our man is not one to collapse or fall, ladies and gentlemen! Although the process was tiring (imagine writing more than one email!), “he felt compelled to do so, otherwise he would not have been able to look the young people he works with in the eye .”
Because it’s not just the title of a book cited in a column, according to Ricardo Lamour, it’s about “the dehumanization of black bodies, black souls, black voices”. And Lamour concludes by telling the journalist, “Radio-Canada should consider the content it produces and the impact it has on my mental health.”
A HERO !
Bottom Line: An activist experiences “torture” when he hears a word on the radio that affects his mental health and has to take steps he finds tedious to file a complaint or, looking at himself, feels ashamed even in the ice.
misery ! We’re just talking about the title of a book. Could it be that Mr. Lamour is being a little too touchy?