Skip to comments.'Homophobic' Dire Straits hit Money For Nothing banned from radio... 26 years after its release
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, thats his own hair'
That little 'f****t's' got his own jet airplane. That little 'f****t' hes 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 ...
Are guys like Eminem going to be banned in Canada as well?
[Groucho voice] And that guy should know.
They can change the lyrics and say,”money for nothing and your dicks for free.”
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.
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?
Nice. The left’s central tenet, “Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free”, under PC Police attack.
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.
Station in Edmonton was to play it for one full hour to support free speech (unedited)
They're such dopes. They don't even realize Knopfler was mocking the person spouting those words.
Short people got no reason to live.
What about the rock opera Tommy where Uncle Ernie is portrayed as a gay child molester’
They’re going to Bowderlize Mark Twain too, I heard.
Clearly, this hate speech is in response to the right’s vitriol.
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.
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
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
MARK TWAIN CENSORED
This doesn’t surprise me in the least. Every time I hear this song I figure it might be the last.
Openly gay John Waters refers to “fag hags”
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
“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.)
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