Canada To SiriusXM: Don't Play 'Squaws Along The Yukon'

Canada To SiriusXM: Don’t Play ‘Squaws Along The Yukon’

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CANADA (CelebrityAccess) The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has warned SiriusXM that it cannot play American country singer Hank Thompson’s 1958 song “Squaws Along The Yukon” because it “embodies elements of both racial and sexual slurs.”

The warning comes from a complaint it received because someone found the contents of the song offensive, racist and sexist, according to FYI Music News. The song was broadcast July 12, 2016.

SiriusXM responded back Sept. 9 apologizing for “any unintended offense [its] broadcast of the song may have caused and understand the concern given some of the outdated and insensitive references made in the song.”

The song was broadcast on the Willie’s Roadhouse channel, which covers classic country tunes.

SiriusXM argued that “such older recordings may at times reflect the insensitivity and ignorance of past eras and on occasion may use language and convey views that are now viewed by society as outdated and inappropriate.”

The complainant responded Oct. 20 that, “In 2016 there should be no excuse for broadcasting song lyrics with misogynist and racial slurs. It is not in the spirit of moving forward on reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”

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