Just wait until “Fuck TransLink” buttons start showing up on SkyTrain riders
You’ve probably already heard about TransLink police booting 21-year-old Jean Wharf off the SkyTrain for wearing a “Fuck Yoga” button.
The B.C. Civil Liberties Association has taken up her cause and filed a complaint with the office of the police complaint commissioner, arguing the button is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It’s being widely reported as an incident of censorship, though some news outlets doing so can’t even bring themselves to print the F-word.
Robert Holmes, president of the BCCLA, reportedly stated in a news release: “Wearing a button doesn’t break the law. Transit’s approach opens it to ridicule. What about books that contain the F word that people read on the bus? What about clothing or shopping bags from FCUK? What about people who say the F word while talking in a normal speaking voice to a friend on the bus or SkyTrain?”
In other words, WTF?
My thoughts: maybe we should all start putting on “Fuck Censorship” buttons before getting on the SkyTrain.
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