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'Homophobic' Dire Straits hit Money For Nothing banned from radio... 26 years after its release
Daily Mail ^ | 01/14/2011 | Liz Thomas

Posted on 01/14/2011 8:18:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind

It may be a classic rock song but 26 years after it was first released Dire Straits hit Money For Nothing has been banned from radio.

The song was ruled too offensive for the airwaves in Canada because it contains the word 'f****t' and can now no longer be played in its original form.

Any station that wants to play the song will have to edit it or disguise the word, according to ruling by the Canadian Broadcasts Standards Council.

The decision came after a listener complained that the broadcast of unedited version of the song – which mentions the word three times – was 'extremely offensive' to gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

The songs second verse contains the offensive word three times. It says: ‘The little 'f****t' with the earring and the makeup. Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair'

‘That little 'f****t's' got his own jet airplane. That little 'f****t' he’s a millionaire'.

The entire verse is edited out of some versions of the song, or the word is simply replaced.

The council concluded that 'f****t'. when used to describe a homosexual man, is a word 'that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.'

'The societal values at issue a quarter century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985.'

Co-written in 1985 by Mark Knopfler and Sting, Money For Nothing is penned from the perspective of a working class man who spends his time watching music videos and comments on what he sees.

In an interview with Rolling Stone around the time the song was released Knopfler said: ‘I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London - he actually said it was 'below the belt.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; direstraights; direstraits; extremelygay; homophobia; homosexualagenda; justfoundout; moneyfornothing
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WHile they're at it, they have to be consistent -- what about gangsta rap ?

Are guys like Eminem going to be banned in Canada as well?

1 posted on 01/14/2011 8:18:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
‘I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London - he actually said it was 'below the belt.'

[Groucho voice] And that guy should know.

2 posted on 01/14/2011 8:22:02 AM PST by Rinnwald
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To: SeekAndFind

They can change the lyrics and say,”money for nothing and your dicks for free.”


3 posted on 01/14/2011 8:23:18 AM PST by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was told that a recent rebroadcast of the 1970s game show “Match Game” blocked out a reference about gays. Charles Nelson Reilly wouldn’t be happy about the censorship.


4 posted on 01/14/2011 8:24:13 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: SeekAndFind
The funny thing is, the line has to be taken in context to be fully understood. The song is performed in character, in the character of a working man doing a blue-collar job. The whole point is "Hey, we have to work for a living... look what those musicians get to do for their money!"

The word "faggot" is exactly what your average construction crew would use, in a discussion of rock music while performing a "...custom kitchen delivery."

Not to mention that song itself vindicates the "faggot" in question... say what you like about him, that little "faggot" is a millionaire. So who's the fool... the "faggot" with the earring and the makeup, or the guy schlepping refrigerators and color TVs all day?

5 posted on 01/14/2011 8:24:59 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Nice. The left’s central tenet, “Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free”, under PC Police attack.


6 posted on 01/14/2011 8:25:58 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: SeekAndFind

Are they kidding?!

My wife and I(children of the 80s) still laugh ourselves silly at that line. For as much as I hear the gay people I know use it, I doubt they care either. Heck, if you dont really know the words to the song, you would never have known it was there.


7 posted on 01/14/2011 8:26:08 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Station in Edmonton was to play it for one full hour to support free speech (unedited)


8 posted on 01/14/2011 8:26:12 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SeekAndFind
The council concluded that 'f****t'. when used to describe a homosexual man, is a word 'that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.'

They're such dopes. They don't even realize Knopfler was mocking the person spouting those words.

Short people got no reason to live.

9 posted on 01/14/2011 8:26:12 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What about the rock opera Tommy where Uncle Ernie is portrayed as a gay child molester’


10 posted on 01/14/2011 8:26:20 AM PST by Ciexyz
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To: SeekAndFind

They’re going to Bowderlize Mark Twain too, I heard.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 8:26:55 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: SeekAndFind

Clearly, this hate speech is in response to the right’s vitriol.


12 posted on 01/14/2011 8:27:00 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Oberon

Nice analysis.

But you have to remember, this is the same mentality that tried to get a long time VERY LIBERAL professor fired from UW for using the term “niggardly” properly, then being offended when he used it again while defining it.


13 posted on 01/14/2011 8:27:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Oberon

Same applies to Randy Newman’s Short People which isn’t him putting down the short statured, it’s making fun of a bigot who declares “Short people got no reason to live”—he’s playing a character who feels that way. The backing chorus says “short people are just the same as you and I” and Randy responds “The fools such as I”, making his point


14 posted on 01/14/2011 8:28:38 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SeekAndFind

And in further news from the “Ministry of Truth” the classic American Novel “Huck Finn” has just been published in a new PC version where they replaced the word n****r with slave, 127 years after it’s publication


15 posted on 01/14/2011 8:29:02 AM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Steely Tom

http://articles.courant.com/2011-01-05/news/hc-mark-twain-censored-books0106-20110105_1_mark-twain-house-twain-scholar-n-word

MARK TWAIN CENSORED


16 posted on 01/14/2011 8:29:17 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This doesn’t surprise me in the least. Every time I hear this song I figure it might be the last.


17 posted on 01/14/2011 8:29:30 AM PST by j-damn
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To: VanDeKoik

Openly gay John Waters refers to “fag hags”


18 posted on 01/14/2011 8:29:46 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s a link to maybe the best performance ever of M-F-N at a benefit concert back in the 90’s. Mark Knopfler with Sting as 2nd vocal, Clapton as 2nd guitar, Phil Collins on drums, a full symphony orchestra, a full choir, and the inimitable Ray Cooper on the tabourine. Click here,dial up the volume and enjoy... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1lNMBsNEw8&feature=related


19 posted on 01/14/2011 8:29:49 AM PST by Reo
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To: Oberon

“The funny thing is, the line has to be taken in context to be fully understood”

Exactly!! and the same comment goes for the banning of Huck Finn or changing the “N” word to “slave”. The move by the Left to ban words and thought and history is moving right along, isn’t it. (btw, I feel stupid even typing “”N-word” in above sentence — guess I’m going along with their program.)


20 posted on 01/14/2011 8:32:02 AM PST by bunster
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To: raccoonradio

and Randy Newman’s Rednecks song.


21 posted on 01/14/2011 8:32:28 AM PST by doodad
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To: raccoonradio

Immaterial. There are certian words which now may not be uttered or printed - by certain people. They’re redacting Mark Twain, right?


22 posted on 01/14/2011 8:32:34 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: dragonblustar

Well there is the line “get your p****” near the end of MFN.


23 posted on 01/14/2011 8:33:42 AM PST by doodad
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s a line in a Taylor Swift song that goes, “So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy; that’s fine, I’ll tell mine that you’re gay!” One rarely hears this version on the radio. There’s a substitute line that’s more “sensitive.”


24 posted on 01/14/2011 8:34:12 AM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: SeekAndFind

"Watch me! It's so simple! Give me the playback! Watch me, faggots! ..."

25 posted on 01/14/2011 8:34:48 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Rinnwald

Canadian Broadcasts Standards Council - they’re a bunch of sticks.


26 posted on 01/14/2011 8:35:24 AM PST by glorgau
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh thanks. Now this song will be in my head all day

I want my, I want my, I want my MTV


27 posted on 01/14/2011 8:35:44 AM PST by stansblugrassgrl
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To: bunster

You’re making the right call. Use the “N-word” one time here, and context doesn’t matter... the left will immediately see you as one of those racist Klansman Freepers over there on the FreeRepublic site tossing around racial epithets.


28 posted on 01/14/2011 8:37:19 AM PST by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: SeekAndFind
MONEY FOR NOTHING AND CHICKS FOR FREE.
Zero wants that for all of us. . . . . . .
29 posted on 01/14/2011 8:37:52 AM PST by DeaconRed (Everything IS Broken. . . . MSM won't report it. . . . The community organizer can't fix it.)
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To: Voter#537

Sorry, Zero promised that and that is how he got elected


30 posted on 01/14/2011 8:39:11 AM PST by DeaconRed (Everything IS Broken. . . . MSM won't report it. . . . The community organizer can't fix it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Same old thing in the (slow) news yesterday. In this one, at first, I thought that the last starred-out letter was "i". Now, I would find that to be offensive.

"Faggot" is a perfectly good word (like "gay") that has been mis-appropriated by the queers as an euphemism.

As an editor, I would say,

"STET!!"


31 posted on 01/14/2011 8:39:12 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: SeekAndFind
I LOVED THAT SONG!
32 posted on 01/14/2011 8:40:16 AM PST by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: SeekAndFind

MTV has played (or use to play) edited versions of this video many years ago with the “faggot” reference removed.


33 posted on 01/14/2011 8:40:20 AM PST by PallMal
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To: TXnMA

RE: mis-appropriated by the queers as an euphemism.


Is queer still politically correct? If find it quite queer that I even have to ask the question...

Can anybody still sing the song -— Deck the Halls: “Don we now our GAY apparel” without thinking of something else?


34 posted on 01/14/2011 8:41:59 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I assume Unknown will not get played in Canada.

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


35 posted on 01/14/2011 8:44:49 AM PST by doodad
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To: MrB

“...VERY LIBERAL professor fired from UW for using the term “niggardly” properly...”

And the next thing you know, those insensitive cosmologists are going to start using the term “black hole” again.


36 posted on 01/14/2011 8:48:08 AM PST by Stosh
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To: SeekAndFind
"Is queer still politically correct? "

PC or not, "queer" is shorter to type than the more-accurate term, "filthy r**p-humping, c**k-sucking perverts" -- and, probably far less offensive to normal folks...

"Stet!"


37 posted on 01/14/2011 8:49:17 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Down the Orwell’s Memory Hole:

I want my MTV
(X 16)
Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV’s

(See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire)

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these color TV’s

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin’ in the camera
Man we could have some
And he’s up there, what’s that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin’ on the bongos like a chimpanzee
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV’s

Look a’ here
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
You play the guitar on your MTV
That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free

Look at that, look at that

Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV
Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

(Fade)
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV


38 posted on 01/14/2011 8:50:37 AM PST by panaxanax (IMPEACH THE MUSLIM MARXIST....NOW!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I calll and refer to my effeminate gay friends as Gay Bill or Gay Dennis, they dont seem to mind.
39 posted on 01/14/2011 8:51:11 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: panaxanax

I always thought that song was woefully out of place on “Brothers In Arms”, frankly I usually skip it when I play the album.


40 posted on 01/14/2011 8:52:11 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

It reminds me of when the Stones were on Ed Sullivan and they made them cut the line “I can’t get no girlie action...” from the song.


41 posted on 01/14/2011 8:53:54 AM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind

They do this all the time.

The movie “The Dam Busters”, which is one of the great war movies ever made, is very rarely ever shown.

The reason is that the protagonist Wing Commander Guy Gibson is accurately portrayed as having a dog named “Nigger”.

They can’t cut the scenes out without messing up the movie, so they just don’t show it.


42 posted on 01/14/2011 8:54:33 AM PST by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: Oberon

And the Left will deny that they are denying free speech in the interest of “can’t we all get along.” It will be interesting to watch what words will be denied in the coming weeks after Tucson. We’ve already heard a few. Fascinating, somewhat frightening, times we live in.

Methinks you might be a Shakespeare fan.


43 posted on 01/14/2011 8:55:41 AM PST by bunster
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To: JaguarXKE

“It reminds me of when the Stones were on Ed Sullivan and they made them cut the line “I can’t get no girlie action...” from the song.”

Remember when they sang “Let’s Spend *some time* Together”?


44 posted on 01/14/2011 8:58:58 AM PST by Stosh
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To: SeekAndFind
Speaking of rap ...

Standing on the front stoop, hangin' out the window
Watching all the cars go by, roaring as the breezes blow
Crazy lady livin' in a bag
Eating out of garbage pails, used to be a fag-hag

"The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five"

This lyric is from a composition considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern rap.

45 posted on 01/14/2011 9:00:04 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: Stosh
“It reminds me of when the Stones were on Ed Sullivan and they made them cut the line “I can’t get no girlie action...” from the son

And then there was Jim Morrison, who was told not to sing "Higher", on "Let My Fire." He not only sang "Higher" he gave it extra emphasis when he sang it.

46 posted on 01/14/2011 9:00:24 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Colonel_Flagg

RE: This lyric is from a composition considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern rap.

Is it allowed on the radio ?


47 posted on 01/14/2011 9:02:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Kozak

Nooooo! They seriously didnt do that, did they?

Next thing you know they will replace the title of 1984 to “How Awesome Total Government Can Be”.


48 posted on 01/14/2011 9:03:16 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. What would happen to Louie-Louie?


49 posted on 01/14/2011 9:04:59 AM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: doodad

Will they allow Van Morrison’s “Blue Money”

You search in your bag
Light up a fag
Think it’s a drag
but you’re so glad
To be alive honey


50 posted on 01/14/2011 9:06:09 AM PST by dfwgator
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