I sent the following letter to Sounds Like Canada in reaction to this morning’s broadcast:
I was very disappointed to hear, on this morning’s “50 Tracks” segment, your “bleeping out” of the word “fuck” in the Alanis Morisette song “You Oughta Know” (in the line “And are you thinking of me when you fuck her.”)
One expects this sort of gratuitous censorship from commercial radio stations; for the CBC to do so, especially in the context of a segment like “50 Tracks” that purports to be judging the “essential” quality of Canadian songs, it is unconscionable.
That line, it could be argued, is the emotional centre of the song; to lop off the word “fuck” is to rip out the song’s heart, and to neuter its power.
I think your listenership deserves to hear the song in its original glory.