Skip to comments.Gay slur in lyrics disqualifies Dire Straits hit from Canadian radio play
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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I’m curious about their position on rap lyrics and slurs toward women.
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.
That’s just gay.
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.
I would guess n*ggas and b*tches in song lyrics are protected due to the ethic component.
This guy needs to be locked up 'til he gets his mind right.
When did faggot become a slur.? I hear gay people use it all the time.
Next thing ya know - these liberal loonies are gonna go after Mark Twain’s; ‘Huckleberry Finn’.
(Wait - what?)
that little faggot he's a millionaire.
We gotta install microwave ovens..."
That would satisfy the gay community I bet...
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
Canada bans Disney for the use of Tinker Bell. Considers the term hateful..../s
"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!
And it only took 30 years. Did the offended send it’s request thorough the Canadian health care system?
Did they just get tired of writing/touring? Lost the creative edge and thought it best to hang it up?
Im curious about their position on rap lyrics and slurs toward women.
Well, if it is white women it’s OK.
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” ?)
LOL. The song features PC poster boy Sting on some of the lyrics.
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.
"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 :-)
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.
Guess we need to report those songs and find out the ruling.
I must admit, it does seem out of place on "Brothers in Arms." But the rest of the album is killer.
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.
Telegraph Road is simply one of the most awesome songs ever.
Mark Knopfler - Song for Sonny Liston
yeah, I’m a fan.
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.
Sorry, meant to say “NOT” allowed to criticize black rappers, not “NOW” allowed to criticize black rappers.
This is so gay.
I wonder at what point we say no?
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.
What a bunch of faggots. They probably wear earrings and makeup. I’m also sure that’s their own hair.
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.
Is that like a drunk homosexual trying to talk?
Canada has been bending over for a long time with homo marriage and all. Also, persecution of Bible-teaching ministers and priests.
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.
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.
Hardly. Knopfler has had a very successful "solo" career, releasing several albums and touring regularly after the dissolution of Dire Straits in 1995.
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.
Change it to poop-eaters.
That’s the edited version...
The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the
lightning ain't distributed right."
~ Mark Twain ~
Got that right, and the closeout solo from "Tunnel Of Love" is possibly the best five minutes of music ever recorded.