Offensive TV Program

Subject: Offensive TV program airing on December 1

It has come to my attention that will be an airing of a comedic "Christmas" show concerning the Holy Family on CTV Canada and the Comedy Network on December 1, 2011 that portrays St. Joseph played by the comedian Russell Peters and the Blessed Virgin played by a former immoral actress, Pamela Anderson.  

A statement from CTV said “Peters puts his own irreverent twist on the Christmas special”.  If you are interested in contacting the stations to stop the showing, the information is below. 

Please send this to all your priests so that they can make the faithful aware so that this blasphemy will not take place.

Please offer reparation for this and other outrages that insult Our Lord Jesus and His Holy Mother.

Please pass this on to others as well.  Please also note that the Canadian station is picked up in many cities in the United States as well.  I have also included a drafted letter that a Canadian citizen has drawn up to be sent to the company if that might interest you.  Thank you again for your time and help in this matter.

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CTV Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 9, Station 'O,' 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

M4A 2M9

Telephone National: 1-866-690-6179

Telephone Ontario: 1-800-668-0060

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The Comedy Network Information:

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Dear Sir/Madame

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.

Thank you,