DEAN BLUNDELL: AS LOW AS IT GETS

Robin Brownlee
June 14 2013 07:06PM

There's so much low-brow one-downsmanship on the radio now it's not often something is in such bad taste or so offensive it grabs my attention to the point of outrage, but The Dean Blundell Show at 102.1 The Edge managed it today.

Blundell, an Albertan and a talk show host based in Toronto, apparently finds humor in what is feared to be the drowning former Edmonton Oil King and Edmonton Oiler draft pick Kristians Pelss in Riga, Latvia.

While family, friends, fans and members of the Oil Kings and Oilers hope for the best and fear the worst while awaiting word on the fate of Pelss, who has been missing for three days, Blundell and his co-host used this unfolding tragedy as material on their show today – as pointed out by an Edmontonian going by the handle of JRM on Twitter.

Listening to the podcast of Blundell's show, which runs 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., made me numb – as numb as I felt when I first heard reports yesterday Pelss has gone missing was feared drowned. I'll resist the urge to mount the soap box here and let Blundell's routine speak for itself.

WHAT HE SAID

"Edmonton Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss disappeared without a trace after reportedly jumping off a bridge in his native Latvia. Pelss, who played two seasons with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL is believed to have jumped into the dark of a river in the capital city of Riga, Latvia early Tuesday morning," said Blundell, reading the first part of the item in straight news style. "Rescuers have seen no sign of him, according to a news agency.

"His clothes were found on the scene but a search of the river failed to turn him up. Edmonton Oil Kings organization along with the Edmonton Oilers and AHL Barons ba-da-ba-da-ba-da said that reports of him going missing are being looked at this week. There's been contradictory information reported at times. They are hoping he returns to the Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings organization shortly."

Then, the item takes a sickening turn.

"How much must it suck playing hockey in Edmonton when you . . . I'm not going back. I mean, you'd rather jump off a bridge in like a war-torn country in a freezing cold river than go back to Edmonton. Shame. I hope they find him. I've been to Edmonton. I know what that guy's talking about (laughs)."

The link to the offending podcast is here. It's the first item under "Current Feed Content," using the "play now" button.

The station manager at 102.1 The Edge is Ross Winters. If you care to reach him, you can do so here.

Listen to Robin Brownlee Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Jason Gregor Show on TEAM 1260.

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#51 mlcselli
June 14 2013, 11:48PM
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A regular poster on this site, (changes his name frequently ,shock and awe I believe was his latest handle), made a similar comment yesterday. After catching some flack from other posters, he decided to justify his ignorance with a follow-up as equally inappropriate. Jonathon, has given him an indefinite ban, and I hope it gets decided the ban will stay in place. I can't believe the ignorance some people will display in the face of tragedy. Somewhere in Latvia, there are people that are likely inconsolable, while somewhere in Canada there are some a**holes that think it's funny. The nerve of these jerks. Praying for the rescue or recovery of Kristians Pless, and praying for strength for his family in the face of some very dark hours.

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#52 Michael Cini
June 15 2013, 12:07AM
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But he never made fun of the kid, he made fun of Edmonton. At no point was anything derogatory or profane said about the kid. Now using the event to make a joke I agree a little classless but I can't stand all the die-hards that are out now since there's now something to jump on.

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#53 Michael Cini
June 15 2013, 12:09AM
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@mlcselli

No buddy thinks it's funny that the kids dead you a55clown. You completely missed the joke. What was funny was the shot at the CITY OF EDMONTON he took, while I admit, in a not very professional and well thought out method. But there's a big difference between making fun of Edmonton and making fun of a kid dying. give your head a shake

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#54 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
June 15 2013, 01:16AM
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@Kyle

You, your, you're. You would benefit from some of that, said edumacation too, Kyle.

...just sayin.

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#55 Kyle
June 15 2013, 01:30AM
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Next up, is Connor McJesus. wrote:

You, your, you're. You would benefit from some of that, said edumacation too, Kyle.

...just sayin.

Fair enough. Thanks grammar cop, I'm glad you took the time to correct my wording instead of offering something worth while to the discussion. That's very 4th grade of you.

It's ok. There's one of you in every forum, or is it you in every forum? Going through post by post making sure spelling and grammar are 100%, instead of getting the point. Please refrain from posting your trash, a person's life is in the mix here bud humor us, and show some respect!!

"Just Saying" .... With a "g"

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#56 andrewmk20
June 15 2013, 02:22AM
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By the way I listened to the blundell show for five minutes and felt my brain melting out my ears. I realize now how high end Oiler NOW, Inside Sports with Tencer, and Lowdown with Lowetide are now. This show is garbage in general and I'm not really surprised by his joke. It's not even low brow, it's no brow. He precedes the missing link on the evolutionary scale.

Team1260 and 630CHED I applaud your standards.

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#57 peter
June 15 2013, 05:06AM
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First of all mr Dean has no knowledge of geography. Latvia has long since not seen any war. Latvia has been part of European Union for years and NATO as well. So that just points out his stupidity in first place. Secondary jumping in this particular river is extreme but is done fairly often so just because a person jumped in it did not mean it was suicide. Water currently is about 22c so its definitely not cold either. Finlay just the fact that one can joke around with somebodies life like this is unacceptable. I hope Dean loses his job for this and gets a proper life lesson, where again he should relay start by going back to school and learning some basics.

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#58 Bill Wren
June 15 2013, 05:10AM
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Here is what I sent:

Dear Mr. Winters,

I recently heard about Dean Blundel's comments regarding Kristians Pelss. I understand Mr. Blundel is a "shock jock". Apparently comments such as his are what he is paid for. Good for him. I'm sure it makes for a handsome resume.

However, should he ever move from puberty to adulthood you may want to direct him to these people: Suicide Prevention Canada (http://www.suicideprevention.ca/). They will be able to give him a good education about what suicide is all about. (Hint: it has nothing to do with sports. But then again, neither does Mr. Blundel's show.)

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#59 Bryan in SK
June 15 2013, 06:19AM
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I haven't read all the posts, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned. In the past, I've found that contacting the sponsors and advertisers is a much more effective way of addressing concerns. Money talks, and I can vote with my dollars.

A couple of sponsors of The Edge are emergen-c.ca (a Pfizer company) and DeWalt power tools. I left a couple of messages with them as well.

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#60 NewAgeSys
June 15 2013, 07:00AM
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Martin0994 wrote:

As much as I agree that the comments weren't in good taste, you have to acknowledge the fact that he did apologize.... we all do stuff that we look back on and say "hey, I was completely stupid in saying/doing that, I totally crossed a line.".

I'm a fan of the DBS, so sure I express a little bias but I can understand the frustration. I've been lurking on this site for quite awhile but in this case I thought I would post. But what's done is done, and not much can be done now. Sure you can call the CRTC and complain (which many, MANY do) and they'll give him a slap on the wrist, maybe. Corus can't afford to let him go, he's one of the anchors of the station.

I'm on the fence about this one. Say if it were me in his position, I'd be trying to go every extent to making an apology and more....I'd feel awful. I've said one or two things in my life I shouldn't have and regret.

This is not about forgiveness, it is about acceptance. Comments that the moral majority find offensive will not be accepted

We have all said things we regret and have apologised, that is a given. The degree and sincerity of the apology generally dictates the level of acceptance people have for the apology itself. Apologys can be hollow so just as we all know we make mistakes we also all know that the degree to which we make an effort to correct or apologise defines our sincerity.

No one is expecting anything from this fellow, if his employer has an issue that is business isnt it? We are just letting EACH OTHER know what kind of world we want to share in and out of cyberspace and what values we want to carry through into both domains.

Forgiveness is an automatic in a healthy community "if" the proper efforts are put into restitution. A Nation-Wide attack and a one line apology in the Local Newspaper is not an acceptable level of restitution. Fix what ever you broke with energy and impact equal to or greater than that used initially to break it, simple. Its not like the guy was doing the SuperBowl and cant go back and create an equally impactfull moment now is it?

Fix it and forget it.

I am glad Oilersnation deals with these issues immediatly.

We are all responsible for self-policing the places we socialise in both in and out of cyberspace. We can only do this if we talk about these issues and hash them out for ourselves.

The Internet requires anonymity of name not moral fiber, we can still let our lights and personalitys shine through here and remain anonymous.

This is a Hockey site, we behave like men here , we DO NOT bully anyone, no women , no children, no people weaker than ourselves EVER. And we have a duty to protect that dynamic even if we hear something somewhere else, we have the right and responsibility to galvanise together here like we are doing.

We are not the kind of people to not care about our communitys and the people that live in them, quite the opposite in fact, we are virtually all community based mindsets, our common sports bond makes this happen. Our kids our communitys our moral passions all define who we are and we all have an equal responsibility to police that dynamic when we see we need to do that.

You cannot fence sit on issues like this, because if you do your vote becomes available to the two conflicting dynamics and its weight WILL BE PICKED UP by one of them, and because only one will be INTEGRITY based we KNOW by proxy where a fencesitters vote ends up -- on the Dark Side every time, if you let your vote fly out of your hands you know exactly where it will go and that is to the less integrity driven side of the dynamic, if that is who you are and what you want to represent yourself with then accept your accountability for casting your vote where it lands , do not hide and then expect to reenter the group when the trouble is gone.

With that being said my position is clearly that you dont make disrespectfull comments related to the death of a human being for profit generated by the comments impact, that is ripping the emotions out of a Family and friends and selling them for dimes and dollars to the world, sickening to say the least. Yes forgivable under the proper circumstances and efforts. All I expect is for the man to make a valid effort to correct his error in a forum as powerfull as the one he erred in, and YES I expect his employer to help him out , if they are a community based mindset they will forgive and support his efforts if he makes them on a personal level. They are equally responsible for both sides of the dynamic, the problematic one and the curative one. He was their employee and by proxy he spoke for them. It seems like an easy fix to me if the degree of effort is there, no one has a valid complaint if a proper effort is made to apologise.

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#61 EHH Team
June 15 2013, 08:34AM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

My standards are the same as they were last week. Yours? How amusing it is that you feel you can now insult me with your newfound sense of indignation and outrage. I want to live in a country where anyone can say anything they damn well please. Personal tastes or standards have nothing to do with it. I respect the right of others to say things that offend others. I vehemently defend another's right to act like a donkey's behind, even yours.

While people have the right to say things that offend others, there are consequences, particularly if you have a public platform. Blundell should pay a price for his stupidity.

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#62 michael
June 15 2013, 08:35AM
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Psalm 23. I forgive Mr Blundel for the man's lack of couth and class. I am certain that in the light of these comments and others he'll see what a bonehead he was.Maybe.

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#64 Big J
June 15 2013, 03:08PM
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peter wrote:

First of all mr Dean has no knowledge of geography. Latvia has long since not seen any war. Latvia has been part of European Union for years and NATO as well. So that just points out his stupidity in first place. Secondary jumping in this particular river is extreme but is done fairly often so just because a person jumped in it did not mean it was suicide. Water currently is about 22c so its definitely not cold either. Finlay just the fact that one can joke around with somebodies life like this is unacceptable. I hope Dean loses his job for this and gets a proper life lesson, where again he should relay start by going back to school and learning some basics.

I hope you make yourself available to everyone who wants to make a joke or off-color comment to adjudicate its propriety. Life is for the living. Go do something nice for someone and make them smile.

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#65 Chris.
June 15 2013, 04:06PM
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Oilanderp wrote:

I want to live in a country where anyone can say anything they damn well please.

Do you? Do you really? Are you sure you've really thought that through? Is it impossible for you to imagine any point where limits to free speech may be required?

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#66 Stealthwise
June 15 2013, 04:36PM
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I would recommend that people find out who the main sponsors of this radio show are and contact them with complaints also. Money talks.

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#67 RexLibris
June 15 2013, 05:36PM
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Anyone read Blundell's apology via Twitter?

"Truly sorry for untimely remarks about Kristians Pelss. Should have waited to know. Thoughts w family and friends"

Let's begin with "untimely"? When exactly would it have been the right time to make that kind of joke? A week? A month? Maybe, just maybe twenty years from now? Probably not. That he suggests his remarks were untimely tells us that he really doesn't understand that what he said was, in principle, wrong.

"Should have waited to know" What? How does knowing if Pelss is dead mollify the stupidity of the comment that followed?

Not to mention, apologizing by Twitter? This kind of apology just gets back to the common refrain amongst celebrities when they have to make amends, they apologize without taking any blame or responsibility for their actions.

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#68 6 ring circus
June 15 2013, 06:19PM
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The comments that Blundell made are unacceptable and for him to come out now after getting a negative response just show's that he is a jackass. If he is truly sorry, he should resign from his job, otherwise his apology means nothing.My condolences goes out to Kristians Pelss family.

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#69 Tim Edwards
June 16 2013, 06:30AM
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Relax ....

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#70 Dangilitis
June 16 2013, 10:06PM
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@Oilanderp wrote:

My standards are the same as they were last week. Yours? How amusing it is that you feel you can now insult me with your newfound sense of indignation and outrage. I want to live in a country where anyone can say anything they damn well please. Personal tastes or standards have nothing to do with it. I respect the right of others to say things that offend others. I vehemently defend another's right to act like a donkey's behind, even yours.

You want to live in a country where anyone can say anything they please? Like preaching ignorant hatred towards minorities (which ultimately lead to the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and countless others). Or using the death of a 20 year old to sell radio time?

Why did I use examples that differed markedly in their consequences? Because if you "respect the right of others to day things that offend others," then you clearly have not read the constitution of this nation. Your rights to freedom extend to the point at which they impinge on the rights of others. Like when you impinge on the rights of a 20 year old to rest in peace without being the punch line of an ignorant joke. Or for his parents to mourn his loss and honour his life.

Do you respect the right of others to say things that offend others? So, would you mind, for example, if I told you that evolutionary pressures have unfortunately been eliminated in much of modern society, to the point that morons like you are allowed to survive to age of reproduction and thus pass on your hereditary predisposition to intellectual deficiency to the next generation? Hypothetically speaking, of course...

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#71 @Oilanderp
June 17 2013, 12:07AM
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Blaaaaaah blahblahblahblahblahblah blaaaaah blahblahblahblah

*click*

See? I can turn it off. I like having that choice.

That's not good enough for most of you is it. You want to make my choice FOR me. You know best. Your standards are the correct ones.

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#72 Scott
June 17 2013, 12:34AM
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Had this been a Toronto player and an Edmonton radio station said this You guys wouldn't care. Distasteful? Possibly. Change the station, you're an adult

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#73 Deeg
June 14 2013, 08:32PM
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Was the same joke on the Terry, Bill and Steve show in Edmonton - as per their producer? This was eventually deleted from twitter:

https://twitter.com/brandanpeterson/status/345703952190435329/photo/1

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#74 WhattaMike
June 14 2013, 08:53PM
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Hey Robin thanks for showing us just how pathetic persons can be...

A life is lost and people think it can be a funny affair...whattaDoorknob Blundell is..

I will say that I made a personal but polite (no swearing) phone call to that station and left a rant voice mail message of that now and how this station should immediately apologize and fire Blundell, if not suspend him...

Tragedy is never funny nor understood...and the fa,ily of that young man deserve peace and support from those who can sympathize.

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#75 MarcusBillius
June 14 2013, 08:53PM
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I visit Toronto for work.

This isn't exactly off the wall behavior for the show.

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#76 Disgusted
June 14 2013, 08:59PM
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Disgusting. Add my name to the list of those who have let Mr. Winters know my displeasure.

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#77 MarcusBillius
June 14 2013, 09:25PM
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The Beaker wrote:

Congratulations all. We've just accomplished exactly what this guy wanted. Attention. Seriously this dudes got more attention for his asinine joke that whole Pelss story has got so far.

Bingo.

Blundell thrives off this kind of attention. It's a schlock jock morning show, like Paul Brown but even more classless.

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#78 Darren Martin
June 14 2013, 09:30PM
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Unreal. This guy's dad jerked off in a flower bed and they raised a bloomin idiot.

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#79 RexLibris
June 14 2013, 09:32PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

I just hope we aren't jaded enough to think this kind of humor is funny. A young man is likely dead -- that he's a hockey player is secondary. Does this kind of crap really draw listeners today?

There was some discussion on CBC this morning or last evening (yeah, my memory is getting that bad) about this same media/public effect: is the public getting so desensitized to poverty/abuse-of-power/crime/etc that we simply shrug and accept it as a form of entertainment in the same vein as "reality television"?

If somebody wants to crack wise about this to their friends at a bar, so be it. But when did a professional's resume expand to include this kind of thing?

Sadly, I think some program directors feel that this kind of "loose cannon" approach does attract listeners.

If one really wants to get the station's attention, find out the principle sponsors of the show and send CC Winters in an email expressing your feelings about this idiot.

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#80 Quintana
June 14 2013, 09:44PM
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https://twitter.com/dblundellshow here is his twitter, what a tool!!!!

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#81 etownman
June 14 2013, 10:03PM
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I'm ashamed to think of Blundell as a Canadian, shame on him for being so disrespectful!

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#82 george99
June 14 2013, 10:20PM
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I think we should all be upset that this young man choose an inopportune moment to show off his tacky style of so-called humor. But those of you are taking this as a personal slight to Edmonton need to relax. Have you noticed lately that Edmonton is the envy of the country. We're booming and the rest of the country doesn't like it.

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#83 Matt
June 14 2013, 10:51PM
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Anyone ever heard of ratings? I totally agree that Dean Blundell is a total hack. But c'mon he gives the people what they want to hear. Shock. Howard Stern is the king of 'shock jockage.' Dean is a wannabe! Under crtc rules at least. I listen! Why. Cuz it's the most entertaining thing on radio between 6-10am.

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#84 7_even
June 14 2013, 11:20PM
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Dear Sir, I respect your position, having to manage programming and the personalities both up-stream (management) and downstream (talent in the booth). I also firmly believe that radio arts are a great way to hear one's opinion while cocurrantly being entertained. That all said, for your man to comment the way he did on Kristians Pelss is an egregious reflection of you and your abilities to discern a good "on-air" product. This behaviour is shameful and disrespectful not only against a missing person and the family's torment during that time, not only against the passing of that person, but truly against how that person has passed away. I'm a Christian dude, but my heart is still broken enough for me to think "what a gawddamn travesty."

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#85 7_even
June 14 2013, 11:23PM
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Apologies: I had neglected to mention that my last post re this article was the message that I had sent to that Blundell guy's boss.

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#86 Martin0994
June 14 2013, 11:24PM
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As much as I agree that the comments weren't in good taste, you have to acknowledge the fact that he did apologize.... we all do stuff that we look back on and say "hey, I was completely stupid in saying/doing that, I totally crossed a line.".

I'm a fan of the DBS, so sure I express a little bias but I can understand the frustration. I've been lurking on this site for quite awhile but in this case I thought I would post. But what's done is done, and not much can be done now. Sure you can call the CRTC and complain (which many, MANY do) and they'll give him a slap on the wrist, maybe. Corus can't afford to let him go, he's one of the anchors of the station.

I'm on the fence about this one. Say if it were me in his position, I'd be trying to go every extent to making an apology and more....I'd feel awful. I've said one or two things in my life I shouldn't have and regret.

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#87 Mumbai Max
June 14 2013, 11:25PM
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I have sent the following mail. As for it being ok because it is garnering ratings or 'all in fun', i strongly disagree. I do not think making fun of a person who has been driven to end their own life is ever ok. I think anyone who thinks that has never personally been in the situation of experiencing the loss of a loved one in this way. This is not a question of political correctness or being over-sensitive it is a question of common decency

Dear Mr. Winters

I am writing to register my sickened disapproval for the words of your Mr. Blundell. I am sure if it was his child that suffered from mental illness and took their life he would not appreciate the incident being used as fodder for a stupid joke. It is obvious that Mr. Blundell is not a clever or wordly man, as Latvia is most certainky not war torn, it is in fact beautiful and prosperous. However being a moron does not excuse him from this loutish behaviour. If he is the best example of humanity that you can find for his role I also feel sorry for you. Do the world a favour and remove him from the air. A tepid forced apology will be a further waste of his hot air. Best Regards.

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#88 Mumbai Max
June 14 2013, 11:36PM
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@Michael Cini

I believe the idea of writing to the station manager IS an attempt to 'change it' and would not really qualify as a public lynching.

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#89 Martin0994
June 14 2013, 11:41PM
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Mumbai Max wrote:

I believe the idea of writing to the station manager IS an attempt to 'change it' and would not really qualify as a public lynching.

It is when people start going after him on twitter/facebook saying "go ef yourself" or even "go kill yourself" (which I saw on twitter). That's when this situation really starts to annoy me. But hey, if you wish to express your opinion in a professional manner like you mentioned above go right ahead, it's good by all means and everyone should have their say. It's just that people who are attacking him so viciously don't exactly seem much better themselves.

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#90 Brad
June 14 2013, 11:44PM
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Thanks Robin for letting us k ow about this.

My letter to Winters... Blundells comments regarding Kristians Pelss today were absolutely disgracefull and unforgivable. Any decent human being with any respect for others would have never even considered to spew those words in private, let alone a media broadcast! This accident was a sad and tragic event and to have Blundell joke about this on air should have serious consequences. This is your responsibilty to set an example to everyone who has listened to the show as this reflects so poorly on your station and you as a manager. Please do the right thing and handle this appropriately.

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#91 Mumbai Max
June 14 2013, 11:50PM
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Martin0994 wrote:

It is when people start going after him on twitter/facebook saying "go ef yourself" or even "go kill yourself" (which I saw on twitter). That's when this situation really starts to annoy me. But hey, if you wish to express your opinion in a professional manner like you mentioned above go right ahead, it's good by all means and everyone should have their say. It's just that people who are attacking him so viciously don't exactly seem much better themselves.

i agree

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#92 Michael Cini
June 15 2013, 12:12AM
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Rob... wrote:

Standards... get some.

Hair...get some

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#93 @Oilanderp
June 15 2013, 12:18AM
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@Rob...

My standards are the same as they were last week. Yours? How amusing it is that you feel you can now insult me with your newfound sense of indignation and outrage. I want to live in a country where anyone can say anything they damn well please. Personal tastes or standards have nothing to do with it. I respect the right of others to say things that offend others. I vehemently defend another's right to act like a donkey's behind, even yours.

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#94 Mumbai Max
June 15 2013, 12:32AM
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Well, this topic has certainly hit a nerve, hasn't it?

I think it is important to recognize the difference between free speech, and saying things that the community has deemed offensive. This case may or may not be a good example of this, but the reality is that most civilized countries (including Canada) have drawn a line in the sand between those two things. We have as a civilized country agreed amongst ourselves (through the legal system), that there are certain things that can be said publically and certain things that cannot. Yes, we have free speech, but it cannot inspire hatred, be racist, etc. etc. As I say, this radio host example may not be a good example, but for those espousing 'free speech', we do not have truly free speech. We have an agreement that we will only say things publically that 'we' have agreed on are acceptable.

The reaction to this radio host seems to indicate that there is a rather radical difference between what different people consider to be appropriate. There is nothing wrong with that of course.

The point of this rambling missive is that it is important to realize that there IS a line over which people cannot step. You cannot say anything you want on the radio, even if we do live in a free country. The disagreement over what is on each side of the line is important. What worries me is that some posters seem to be on the side of not having a line in the sand, and having unfettered freedom of speech. That worries me.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and please spend a moment of silence this weekend for the family of the young man who could not cope with the world as it is.

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June 15 2013, 12:35AM
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Your right bud, he just insinuated that the kid committed suicide, so he didn't have to return to Edmonton, no harm done there right? I guess thats not an insult to Pelss or his worried family. People like you defend people like Blundell, because your equally as classless as you are stupid. My apologies to the thread for being so blunt I just don't want @mlcselli to "completely miss the joke"

Great job,tell that loser what needs to be said.

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June 15 2013, 01:24AM
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Well, this topic has certainly hit a nerve, hasn't it?

I think it is important to recognize the difference between free speech, and saying things that the community has deemed offensive. This case may or may not be a good example of this, but the reality is that most civilized countries (including Canada) have drawn a line in the sand between those two things. We have as a civilized country agreed amongst ourselves (through the legal system), that there are certain things that can be said publically and certain things that cannot. Yes, we have free speech, but it cannot inspire hatred, be racist, etc. etc. As I say, this radio host example may not be a good example, but for those espousing 'free speech', we do not have truly free speech. We have an agreement that we will only say things publically that 'we' have agreed on are acceptable.

The reaction to this radio host seems to indicate that there is a rather radical difference between what different people consider to be appropriate. There is nothing wrong with that of course.

The point of this rambling missive is that it is important to realize that there IS a line over which people cannot step. You cannot say anything you want on the radio, even if we do live in a free country. The disagreement over what is on each side of the line is important. What worries me is that some posters seem to be on the side of not having a line in the sand, and having unfettered freedom of speech. That worries me.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and please spend a moment of silence this weekend for the family of the young man who could not cope with the world as it is.

Well said.

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June 15 2013, 02:05AM
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Classless. But don't kid yourselves the Program director and sales people are slapping each other on the back. They did it for radio book and overall ratings. There are some radio people in our region who are capable of the same thing. Don't get holier than thou E.town! Joking about someone's tragedy in a bar or on the radio should bring shame.

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June 15 2013, 02:16AM
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It's very easy to say that until someone says terrible things about someone you love. People are angry because they feel that people should treat each other with respect. Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. How would you feel if someone went off on one of your family members and people around you say chill out while your family member becomes depressed, starts self harming etc. Would you still come out and say that people should be allowed to say whatever they want. That's actually what's wrong with this world now. The inability to find the distinction between freedom of speech and being a crass donkey with no filter. We have brains for a reason, we use them to figure out how to interact with each other in a respectful and civil manner.

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#99 Norm
June 15 2013, 02:31AM
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Admittedly off topic but did anyone witness Stauffer's classless blindside shot on Todd Nelson on Oilers Now Wednesday? Talk about. cheapshots. No need to publicly rub Nelson's face in the fact he was passed over for the Oiler cosching position. Stauffer fobbed off the pending attack on Nelson by bleating pathetically "i'd be remiss if."..what a classless buffoon. I hope karma bits him hard someday, what a jerk.

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K97 did it too?? I have no idea who "Scott Banger" is.

These types seem to thrive off any attention.. positive or negative. I'll be honest and say that when I joke around with friends, I habitually go over the line to get a reaction, but you can't do that kind of stuff publicly. These guys need to grow up.

He had "Morning show producer for Terry, Bill and Steve Edmonton" on his Twitter, but seems to have removed it. Another joke?

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:W3f4CWj-jWIJ:https://twitter.com/Scottbanger+%40Scottbanger&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

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