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Gay slur in lyrics disqualifies Dire Straits hit from Canadian radio play
The Globe ands Mail (Canada) ^ | 1/13/11 | Staff

Posted on 01/13/2011 7:47:32 AM PST by Impala64ssa

The 1980s song Money for Nothing by the British rock band Dire Straits has been deemed unacceptable for play on Canadian radio. In a ruling released Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says the song contravenes the human rights clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code. A listener to radio station CHOZ-FM in St. John's complained last year that the song includes the word “faggot” in its lyrics and is discriminatory to gays. The broadcaster argued that the song had been played countless times since its release decades ago and has won music industry awards. A CBSC panel concluded that the word “faggot,” even if once acceptable, has evolved to become unacceptable in most circumstances. The panel noted that Money for Nothing would be acceptable for broadcast if suitably edited.

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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: canada; dire; direstraits; gay; homonaziagenda; homonazism; homosexualagenda; homostalinism; markknopfler; moneyfornothing; pcthoughtpolice; politicalcorrectness; popmusicdirestraits; staights; thoughtpolice
More looniness from our freinds in the Great White North. There has been significant number of homosexuals in the music/entertainment biz since time immemorial. I don't recall Elton John, the late Dusty Springfeild, even the whiny one Michael Stipe or any of Mark Knoppfler's gay colleagues EVER complain about this song.
1 posted on 01/13/2011 7:47:36 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m curious about their position on rap lyrics and slurs toward women.


2 posted on 01/13/2011 7:49:32 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Political correctness is one of the few movements that reduce the words available in any given language.

Find these people, isolate them, lock them in a room,and force them to listen to rap crap until death.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 7:50:13 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Impala64ssa

That’s just gay.


4 posted on 01/13/2011 7:51:16 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Impala64ssa

If you listen to the lyrics, the “character” using the slur in the song is the point of ridicule of the song. This is like banning Hucklebrry Finn because it has the N word.


5 posted on 01/13/2011 7:52:13 AM PST by circlecity
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I would guess n*ggas and b*tches in song lyrics are protected due to the ethic component.


6 posted on 01/13/2011 7:52:37 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Tralala boom-dee-aye!)
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To: Impala64ssa
Mark Knoplfer's solo song A Night In Summer Long Ago has some pretty violent imagery, and Brothers in Arms references weapons in the title.

This guy needs to be locked up 'til he gets his mind right.

7 posted on 01/13/2011 7:53:53 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Impala64ssa

When did faggot become a slur.? I hear gay people use it all the time.


8 posted on 01/13/2011 7:54:06 AM PST by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Impala64ssa

Pssht.

Next thing ya know - these liberal loonies are gonna go after Mark Twain’s; ‘Huckleberry Finn’.

(Wait - what?)


9 posted on 01/13/2011 7:54:06 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Impala64ssa
"That little faggot got his own jet airplane,

that little faggot he's a millionaire.

We gotta install microwave ovens..."

10 posted on 01/13/2011 7:54:45 AM PST by OKSooner (Obama confessed "his muslim faith" on the George Stephanopolous show on September 7th, 2008.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Maybe they should edit it to:
The little man that sticks his penis into another man's rectum
The little man he's a millionaire

That would satisfy the gay community I bet...

11 posted on 01/13/2011 7:55:45 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Impala64ssa

I wonder if they’ll play “Les Boys” from ‘Making Movies’

les boys do cabaret
les boys are glad to be gay
they’re not afraid now
disco bar in germany
les boys are glad to be
upon parade now

les boys got leather straps
les boys got ss caps
but they got no gun now
get dressed up get a little risque
got to do a little s & m these days
it’s all in fun now

les boys come on again
for the high class whores
and the businessmen
who drive in their mercedes benz
to a disco bar in old munchen

they get the jokes that the d.j. makes
they get nervous and they make mistakes
they’re bad for business
some tourists take a photograph
les boys don’t get one lough
he says they’re useless

late at night when they’ve gone away
les boys dream of jean genet
high heel shoes and a black berret
and the posters on the wall that say
les boys do cabaret
les boys are glad to be gay


12 posted on 01/13/2011 7:58:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Impala64ssa

Canada bans Disney for the use of Tinker Bell. Considers the term hateful..../s


13 posted on 01/13/2011 7:58:14 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Impala64ssa
Amazing how it is always conservatives that get tagged with the "censorship" label yet liberals attempt censorship all the time. Whether it is re-writing Mark Twain books, banning certain words or stickering record albums with parental advisories (Tipper Gore), you can bet a liberal is behind it.

"Money For Nothing" is actually one of my least favorite Dire Straits songs but guess what, I'm going to download it off iTunes when I get home tonight.

Got to move those refrigerators...got to move those color TVs!

14 posted on 01/13/2011 8:00:52 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Impala64ssa

And it only took 30 years. Did the offended send it’s request thorough the Canadian health care system?


15 posted on 01/13/2011 8:02:53 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: Joe 6-pack
What ever happened to Mark Knoplfer? The dude fell off the face of the earth along w/ Dire Straits.

Did they just get tired of writing/touring? Lost the creative edge and thought it best to hang it up?

16 posted on 01/13/2011 8:03:03 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m curious about their position on rap lyrics and slurs toward women.

Well, if it is white women it’s OK.


17 posted on 01/13/2011 8:04:25 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Trajan88

Check out I Tunes and “Song for Sonny Liston”...just awesome. I like “Cleaning My Gun” ,too.

(Just the band’s name implies hateful, exclusive rhetoric....”straights” ?? why not “Dire Androgynous People” ?)


18 posted on 01/13/2011 8:07:50 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Impala64ssa

LOL. The song features PC poster boy Sting on some of the lyrics.


19 posted on 01/13/2011 8:08:24 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Impala64ssa

I saw the video on VH-1 Classic a week or two ago and didn’t even pay attention to if it had been PC sanitized.


20 posted on 01/13/2011 8:08:31 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Trajan88
This is from Wikipedia:

"Since the break up of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has shown no interest in reforming the group. However, keyboardist Guy Fletcher has been associated with almost every piece of Knopfler's solo material to date, and Danny Cummings has made frequent appearances, including one on Knopfler's 2007 solo album, Kill to Get Crimson. In October 2008 Knopfler declined a suggestion by John Illsley that they should reform. Illsley said that a reunion would be "entirely up to Mark", while Knopfler is quoted as saying "Oh, I don't know whether to start getting all that stuff back together again", and that the global fame that came his way in the 1980s "just got too big"."

I know the Kill To Get Crimson tour ran in Europe until the latter part of '09. The guy's over 60 now, so maybe he's just kicking back :-)

21 posted on 01/13/2011 8:08:37 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Trajan88

Mark Knopfler has put out a lot of solo material since Dire Straits and it’s quite good. However, you won’t hear it on commercial radio.


22 posted on 01/13/2011 8:13:31 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I’m curious about their position on rap lyrics and slurs toward women.

Guess we need to report those songs and find out the ruling.

23 posted on 01/13/2011 8:15:42 AM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: SamAdams76
"Money For Nothing" is actually one of my least favorite Dire Straits songs but guess what, I'm going to download it off iTunes when I get home tonight.

I must admit, it does seem out of place on "Brothers in Arms." But the rest of the album is killer.

24 posted on 01/13/2011 8:16:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Trajan88

Knopfler has been very prolific since Dire Straits, he’s done solo albums, the Notting Hillbillies, a collaboration with Emmylou Harris, an album with Chet Atkins.

It just got to the point where Dire Straits got so big, that Knopfler wasn’t comfortable with it anymore, and preferred to be more low-key, but his solo stuff is up there with any Dire Straits material, in fact, if they just simply labeled his albums as ‘Dire Straits’, they would have sold a lot more.


25 posted on 01/13/2011 8:19:25 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ-JyAGUsys


26 posted on 01/13/2011 8:19:30 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Telegraph Road is simply one of the most awesome songs ever.


27 posted on 01/13/2011 8:21:26 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Mark Knopfler - Song for Sonny Liston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to6wwNAqznc

yeah, I’m a fan.


28 posted on 01/13/2011 8:21:29 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It depends who is singing the rap. I remember that there were some protests about the rapper “Eminem” getting some music award. But “Eminem” is a rare white rapper. I think it’s ok to criticize rap if you criticize Eminem. But, you are now allowed to criticize black rappers, because that would be racist.


29 posted on 01/13/2011 8:24:49 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Sorry, meant to say “NOT” allowed to criticize black rappers, not “NOW” allowed to criticize black rappers.


30 posted on 01/13/2011 8:27:34 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Impala64ssa
Faggots...


31 posted on 01/13/2011 8:31:05 AM PST by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech, Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Impala64ssa

This is so gay.

I wonder at what point we say no?


32 posted on 01/13/2011 8:32:26 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Impala64ssa

The animated music video is what made “Money For Nothing” such a hit back in the 1980s and the half-shaven cigar-chomping loading dock guy is actually an object of derision in the song, which the video makes clear.

The loading dock guy is working in an appliance store and mocking the wealthy rock musician in the video:

“That little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair...”

I miss the creative music videos of the 1980s back when MTV and VH1 actually played them instead of the garbage they show now. Some of the videos were more interesting than the music and some of them just grabbed your attention but some of them actually visualized the message behind the lyrics so you understood the song better and appreciated it more.


33 posted on 01/13/2011 8:32:31 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Impala64ssa

What a bunch of faggots. They probably wear earrings and makeup. I’m also sure that’s their own hair.


34 posted on 01/13/2011 8:34:10 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Impala64ssa

Actully, I’ve been wondering for years when this would happen to Money for Nothing simply because they were using the word ‘faggot’. I’m just surprised it was Canada and not the US for bending over to gay demands.


35 posted on 01/13/2011 8:34:10 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (My baloney has a first name, it's DEMOCRAT; my baloney has a second name, it's PARTY)
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To: Impala64ssa
Gay slur?

Is that like a drunk homosexual trying to talk?

36 posted on 01/13/2011 8:35:32 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Canada has been bending over for a long time with homo marriage and all. Also, persecution of Bible-teaching ministers and priests.


37 posted on 01/13/2011 8:35:38 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Impala64ssa
IMHO Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is one of the best guitar players in the world. So take of you hosers, eh!
38 posted on 01/13/2011 8:37:05 AM PST by McGruff
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To: Impala64ssa
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council webpage has this case listed and a few others. Four out of the first five cases have to do with GLBT complaints.
Apparently, somewhere, somehow, Canadian citizens have turned over their free speech to "queer review." Unbelievable.
39 posted on 01/13/2011 8:38:44 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: circlecity
If you listen to the lyrics, the “character” using the slur in the song is the point of ridicule of the song. This is like banning Hucklebrry Finn because it has the N word.

It took the geniuses this long to catch "faggot" in the song, and be offended; it will take them another 30 years to understand the context.

40 posted on 01/13/2011 8:47:07 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: OKSooner
Great song. Great video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAD6Obi7Cag

41 posted on 01/13/2011 8:58:06 AM PST by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground - the Hogwarts of Stupid.)
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To: Trajan88
What ever happened to Mark Knoplfer

He's done a couple of movie soundtracks (don't ask which, I just remember saying "Hunh! Mark Knopfler!").

I'm sure that he could care what PC Canadian Radio thinks of a song that he wrote and performed more than 25 years ago.

42 posted on 01/13/2011 9:00:42 AM PST by wbill
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To: Trajan88
What ever happened to Mark Knoplfer? The dude fell off the face of the earth along w/ Dire Straits.

Hardly. Knopfler has had a very successful "solo" career, releasing several albums and touring regularly after the dissolution of Dire Straits in 1995.

43 posted on 01/13/2011 9:01:02 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: windsorknot

Knopfler altered the lyrics in the live version long ago in the 90s, removing faggot and replacing it with mother trucker, mother, cowboy, monkey, etc.


44 posted on 01/13/2011 9:08:38 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Impala64ssa

Change it to poop-eaters.


45 posted on 01/13/2011 9:09:08 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Cheburashka

That’s the edited version...


46 posted on 01/13/2011 9:10:28 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Impala64ssa

“The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the
lightning ain't distributed right."

~ Mark Twain ~

47 posted on 01/13/2011 9:57:11 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: McGruff
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is one of the best guitar players in the world

Got that right, and the closeout solo from "Tunnel Of Love" is possibly the best five minutes of music ever recorded.

48 posted on 01/13/2011 10:00:39 AM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: Fresh Wind

Faggots.

49 posted on 01/13/2011 10:05:30 AM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, than Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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