Ra­dio show’s pu­nani joke not very funny

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A RA­DIO sta­tion which played songs con­tain­ing the word “f*ck” de­fended them­selves by say­ing it is part of nor­mal lo­cal speech.

Brick FM also de­fended use of the word “pu­nani” — deny­ing it means “vagina” and in­sist­ing it’s an Ital­ian sand­wich made with cheese and tomato.

The Scot­tish ra­dio sta­tion landed it­self in hot water af­ter broad­cast­ing songs with the of­fend­ing words in an af­ter­noon reg­gae show.

They ar­gued it had “the right to use the com­monly spo­ken word which is not con­sid­ered of­fen­sive lo­cally” and claimed watch­dog Of­com was “un­fa­mil­iar with our lo­cal di­alect”.

Brick FM said “f*ck” is “a com­monly-used word” in Scot­land, as a de­scrip­tion of “when some­thing goes wrong or if peo­ple get an­gry or up­set”.

The sta­tion also claimed a pu­nani was a “sand­wich sold lo­cally and is made of Ital­ian bread with cheese and tomato, heated up”.

The term had been used in the song More Pu­nani by Dr Evil.

But Of­com said Brick FM’s Feb 23 broad­cast “clearly had the po­ten­tial to of­fend”.

The reg­u­la­tor added that pu­nani “was clearly used in this song as an ur­ban slang word mean­ing vagina”.

Of­com are con­sid­er­ing fur­ther ac­tion.

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