Parody of Pop Diva Celine Dion Pulled Off Air

By | September 13, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Canadian pop diva Celine Dion doesn’t like mockery, or maybe it’s her husband and manager Rene Angelil.

Angelil sent a notice of claim to a popular Montreal-based radio station, demanding it stop playing a parody of Dion’s song “I’m Alive,” in which the singer is called, among other things, “annoying.”

The radio station claims it was only trying to be funny, but Angelil didn’t laugh at the joke.

“They took off her voice and invented vulgar lyrics. It’s unacceptable,” he told reporters on Thursday, stressing that copyright law prevented such unauthorized use of a recording.

The Dion parody was withdrawn on Thursday.

Angelil also pressured the Radio Energie network, which operates the Montreal station and eight others across the province of Quebec, not to run any Dion songs in the future.

Montreal-born Dion, who has sold more than 100 million albums around the world, is best known for the theme song of the blockbuster movie “Titanic.”

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