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'The Male Is In The Czech': setting the record straight

Feb 23 , 2012
Category: Music

Q104 has recently become the subject of a great deal of public debate and criticism regarding our “Male Is in the Czech” contest. In the contest, a Q104 listener will be awarded a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, and be offered the free services of Flying Hearts Dating Service, a Czech-based company that specializes in arranging dates between consenting adult Czech women and consenting adult males.

 

Unfortunately, in the furor to complain about the contest, facts have been misconstrued and twisted, and harsh, unfounded allegations have been levied against Q104. People have used social media channels to accuse Q104 of prostitution and human trafficking. We take extreme exception to these allegations and wish to set the record straight.

 

Those over-reacting and accusing Q104 of such heinous activities should be ashamed of themselves. The issues of prostitution and human trafficking deserve greater respect than to be compared to the silly antics of an attention-getting rock radio station that is simply setting up a few dates for a listener.

 

Here are some vital facts to consider before flying off the proverbial handle:

 

·         Flying Hearts Dating Service is a legitimate company that offers a specialized dating service, not unlike the countless services that exist here in North America. Their services are essentially no different than those offered by Match.com, Lavalife.com, and many others. They have legal representation in North America and a tremendous track record of positive reviews.  They have been operating a legitimate business for many years that has no relationship to vile activities like human trafficking.

 

·         If the winner of this contest chooses to use the services of Flying Hearts Dating Service, under no circumstance are they being guaranteed any sexual services of any kind. They are simply going on a date with a Czech woman as arranged through a professional dating service. End of story. If the two consenting adults find that a wonderful relationship results, we are all the more happy.

 

A series of arranged dates with consenting adult Czech women should not be compared to human trafficking or prostitution. By doing so, we trivialize very serious issues. Both Canada and the Czech Republic have strong laws in place against human trafficking. In both nations all forms of human trafficking are highly illegal and penalties are stiff. But the very real human trafficking problem is in no way related to legitimate on-line dating and matchmaking services.

 

Q104 recognizes that the nature of this contest is not suited to everyone’s tastes. Some find it outright offensive, and we respect their opinion and encourage them not to listen to Q104. We are proud to live in a society where the values of others are respected even when we don’t agree. There are numerous other radio stations in Halifax from which to choose, and we encourage those who are deeply offended to take their pick.

 

And for all of those in 'Q Nation' who enjoy the humour in the on-air weirdness we broadcast every day, thank you for your support!

 

_____________________________________

 

As an addendum, we have received a couple of documents from La Strada, an international NGO committed to fighting human trafficking. They are two comprehensive studies from the Czech gov't on the topic, and neither one contains any mention of international dating services, "mail-order brides", or the Flying Hearts service in particular. I've been assured by La Strada that there is no connection.

 

http://www.q104.ca/docs/Misc/czech_2008_status_report_on_thb-1.pdf

http://www.q104.ca/docs/Misc/national_strategy_2008_-_2011(1).pdf

 

-jc

 

Comments (total comments:15)
Derrick dixon Said:
im an idiot hippie.
Posted: 2/24/2012 1:30:41 PM
Dayle m. Said:
if they are all consenting adults, who cares? for all those opposing this contest, i hope you don''t watch "the bachelor"
Posted: 2/24/2012 9:54:57 AM
Sara k. Said:
to all those who see something offensive in this contest, i ask you how is this different than a week of march break somewhere down south? i do believe that the intention of many members of both sexes is to have fun and get laid as much as possible. somebody, please correct me on this one if i am wrong.

perhaps they would have used lavalife or another internet dating service that operates in n. america, if the contest were happening here but it is happening in eastern europe, and it is only natural that a different internet dating agency is used.

and where would the fun be in going abroad, instead of down south (ahem, which might happen to this lucky guy) for the purpose of having fun with other women if you took your partner with you. i think the contest rules state this is for single men anyway. again, just think of all the march breaks and what goes on then.

and i know it would seem fair that the same contest was made for women only however, that is a more dangerous territory, and it might be better to stay away from that. a different contest, some other time will be open to everyone. right now, let''s have these men enjoy the idea that one of them will be the lucky one to win the trip and get a chance to go out on a date with 5 different women.
Posted: 2/24/2012 8:17:42 AM
Bruce farrell Said:
„"-the male is in the czech",what are the connotations of this?
i''ll take a stab at it-a male is having it on with his "date".
it is the masthead of jc''s blog on the q''s page.
jc you say shame on people for over reacting to the inherent humour.
i say shame on you all who cooked up this anti-woman bit of maliciousness.
a ribald joke across a bar-room table is risque and private.
when a corporation broadcasts such,it is saying something about itself.
yes,i can tune out,but i believe you are offering the option to "hit the road" rather gratuitously and doubt your bosses would be appreciative of your driving away listeners at every turn.
i''ve been a rock fan for 44 years,and still don''t find it necessary nor pleasurable to demean women.
Posted: 2/24/2012 12:49:31 AM
Sam Said:
if its so unlike match.com or lava life why not use one of them instead? at least then you could be sure it was legit. why not set up a blind date where to consenting canadian adults win a trip? there are many different choices q104 could have made that would have been way less offensive, and possibly illegal.
Posted: 2/23/2012 10:10:20 PM
Sara k. Said:
i just could not believe the ridiculous reactions of so many people to this contest. perhaps it is because i am from eastern europe and the taste of humour that comes with it, i found nothing offensive about the contest i thought the outrageous comments and the even more outrageous assumption that the contest has something to do with human trafficking were extremely offensive. people have nothing better to do than to look for something over which to be upset, or so it seems.

i wish more men would come forward in support of this contest because i think it is so great and refreshing to see something geared toward men only, for a change.

and if this was happening in a different country, i guess that would make it better in the eyes of some. q104, keep rocking, and good luck with the contest!
Posted: 2/23/2012 9:32:02 PM
Dorothy westerman Said:
you really shouldn''t have to explain this....why the need for people to turn this into something sinister when it is so obviously not? rock on, q, and ignore those looking to stir up trouble! :)
Posted: 2/23/2012 7:42:36 PM
Dwaine dixon Said:
your defense basically boils down to "we''re catching more heat from this when we counted on. well, let''s go on the offensive and frame the people complaining as silly and overreacting"

there''s lots to pick apart here but i''ll just leave at this one, for now:
" if the winner of this contest chooses to use the services of flying hearts dating service, under no circumstance are they being guaranteed any sexual services of any kind."

no matter how the actual terms of the contest play out for the winner, the marketing, imagery and even the name of the contest certainly does imply otherwise. choosing to go with a company in a part of the world notorious for the assorted vile acts you mentioned only serves to reinforce these expectations.
Posted: 2/23/2012 7:20:23 PM
Lori w. Said:
yes, these people should listen to another station if they are getting on with shit! i think you guys rock!! love the contest. keep it up q!!!
Posted: 2/23/2012 6:54:28 PM
Trina Said:
it''s still tacky. why is it not open to women, maybe some of us want to go to prague, i hear it''s a beautiful place, and we wouldn''t need the dating service. i assume the women in this service are looking for men.
i don''t agree with it.
Posted: 2/23/2012 6:13:12 PM
The other listener Said:
so it seems with this contest that you are only trying to target straight single males right? as part of the ''other'' group should i stop listening?
Posted: 2/23/2012 6:06:41 PM
James Said:
well said!! some people need to get that stick out of their ass and lighten up.
Posted: 2/23/2012 5:43:14 PM
Shelly woods Said:
well said! this sort of narrowmindedness can only take society steps back! i hope whoever wins meets the love of their lives! and poopoo on the naysayers lol
Posted: 2/23/2012 5:20:18 PM
Judy Said:
well done jc!
Posted: 2/23/2012 4:26:12 PM
Cathy Said:
forget the haters q. they have no sense of humour whatsoever. as you said, if you don''t like it, listen to something else.

q rocks!
Posted: 2/23/2012 4:26:05 PM
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