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76 Responses to Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing

  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 11:10 am
    Link: Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing - Dire Straits ``Money For Nothing`` deemed too offensive for Canadian radio.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    "That silly faggot drives his own jet airplane. That silly faggot is a millionaire."

    That`s probably why.
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    Padiddle Female 13-17
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm
    Because of one word. "Faggot."
    I don`t like the word very much myself... but it`s far less offensive or obscene than the f-bomb, or the n-bomb... or various others.
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    doodit Female 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    I haven`t heard ANYTHING on the news or radio about this....almost makes me ashamed to be Canadian. Gimme a freakin break.....it`s a classic song, so deal. The world would be a better place if all these "PC" freaks would roll over and die....
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Oh for F*ck`s sake, Canada, you used to be cool. Just cut the words out!
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    ALso, how can they ban it? What about people who already own it? Derp.
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    wow, seems some sensitive little dipsh*t in StJohn`s needs to lighten F up. And those that brought this desion down needs a boot to the head.

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    danthew Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:01 pm
    This is Huck Finn all over again...
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    dork649 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    Basically they`re now treating "faggot" like the other f-word, or n-word, or whatever: Bleep/silence it out, then you`re fine for public airwaves play.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:06 pm
    The word "faggot" has been a generic derogatory term for almost 600 years. It literally means "An unwelcome burden". In the 1930s, it began being commonly used to describe homosexuals because that was the attitude towards them at that time.
    Seriously, can we just let the language evolve on its own instead of demonizing and fearing words? South Park got the etymological history wrong, but the message it still applicable. Same goes for "I am a racist!" in Huck Finn.
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    KtySpix Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    They`re not banning it, that`s stupid. They`ll just have to edit out that word when airing it on the radio. It`s offensive, like a lot of words edited out on the radio. Not a big deal.
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    Dagaz20 Female 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    fail
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    k8lin Female 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    Wow, I tried to watch the video on YouTube and it actually said "this video is not available in your country"...
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Next they`ll ban "Blame Canada!" from the South Park movie.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    Seriously Canada?
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    wait, is IAB adding filters? I could have sworn "ni66er" wasn`t censored on the Huck Finn post.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    I wonder if Canadian radio is allowed to play Elton Johns the Bitch is Back?
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Lmao just bleep it all around
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm
    Banning seems an over-reaction - if the word is unacceptable then just bleep it out like you do in other songs. No need to ban the whole song.
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    almightybob1 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    And no Volsunga, that filter has been there for a long time, like all the others. It was still automatically applied in that thread, most people just used substitutions like you just did to get round it.
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    MauserTM Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    "Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing" What? English please
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    Guess you Canucks will have to settle for Weird Al`s version.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    "What`s that? Hawaiian noises? Bangin on the bongos like a chimpanzee".

    Freak for crying out loud Canada you don`t see Hawaiians burying this song. Get a grip. I could never live in Canada. Too much taxes and freaking control. I hear Canadians complain about this kind of crap every time they visit Hawaii. I just tell them so sad too bad.
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    its amazing how much people let the government protect these days.
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    CadPat12 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm
    Uh Nope? No ban... No idea where you got that info. Also if you click on youtube and your from Canada and it says "Not available in your area" it`s because the owner of the video restricts access to certain geographical regions.
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    KtySpix Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    It seems everyone here has been horribly misinformed by some random link. Last I checked, Canada isn`t a communist country, so they obviously don`t ban songs.

    DERRRRR!
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    bucksteeth Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm
    I`m ashamed
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    It says accorrding to the Toronto Sun "ban the song"
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    fivezones Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm
    Why ban some old song that barely gets any air play. Might as well ban "How much is the doggy in the window" while you`re at it.
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    Cabal Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 5:06 pm
    Holy crap they don`t even think I should see it on Youtube. I get the message that it isn`t available in my country.
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    pyrrhios Male 30-39
    185 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    the word is banned, not the song. OP is Hurr durr.
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    ecstacy911 Female 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    The song isn`t banned from Canada, they will still sell the CD`s and Mp3`s, you can still listen to it on youtube. It just won`t get any radio play, like a lot of other offensive songs. This isn`t a big deal, it`s a bad song anyways.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm
    Here is the link to the CBSC article:
    http://cbsc.ca/english/decisions/2011/110112.php

    Apparently, a "member of the LGBT community" filed a complaint with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (a conglomeration of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, a self-regulating body made of the private broadcasting networks). The radio station responded with "WTF?! It`s been 25 years!" the "LGBT" whined more, and the CBSC decided to prohibit it`s stations from using the word "faggot".

    For the record, the Canadian government does censor the media. In fact, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms section 2 subsection b guarantees freedom of the media. The CBC (a publicly owned network) proves this all the time.
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
    930 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm
    They banned it from public broadcast but you can still blast it in your car or home all you want big deal. How many radio stations still play music from 1980s 1 or 2? I bet you can still buy the album in stores in Canada as well and if not you could order online and have it shipped to your door. This also happens in every other country too it just seems odd because of the age of the song and the artist.
  35. Profile photo of Samsquanch
    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    The complaint:
    A song was aired, “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits, and included the word “faggot” a total of three times. I am aware of other versions of the song, in which the word was replaced with another, and yet OZ FM chose to play and not censor this particular version that I am complaining about.

    I find this extremely offensive as a member of the LGBT community and feel that there is absolutely no valid reason for such discriminatory marks to be played on-air.

    So...it was some bleeding heart liberal that bitched.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm
    I thought Newfoundlanders were cooler than this. What`s next, banning the christmas classic "Fairytale of New York"? After all, it contains the word "faggot".

    This is as retarded as censoring the Huck Finn books. It was the culture of the times. Bollocks to that.
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    basherrr Male 18-29
    242 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm
    I`ve heard the song on the radio for the past few years edited. NBD. The little faggots took the word faggot out. The little faggots are millionaires.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    Apparently, some Newfie homo was snowed in, didn`t have any seal flipper pie, so got a bit bitchy.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm
    Well, it`s nice to know that there`s so little prejudice against homosexuality in Canada that people have to dig up decades old songs to be offended by.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm
    I`m bi, so I can claim to be a member of LBGTABCXYZ community. If I`m offended by the song being banned from radio, does that mean the ban should be lifted?
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm
    Honestly, I`ve loved the song my whole life, but it always bothered me how they threw that word around. I would actually like the song more without it. But you can still say the word on almost any American television or radio network, and I`m against censorship.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm
    The sadest thing of all, well 2 things really:
    1) that little faggot is a millionaire! What`s the hate-language in that?
    2)YEah buddy, that`s his own affair - they even are apologetic about the word IN THE SONG!

    So y`all SEE what I deal with living in Canada?! Eh?!? This is what a "Liberal Nanny State" ends up with - banning 80`s hit songs for a word that even the IAB censor thinks is no big deal!
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    January 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    Also, wow you people apparently don`t listen to radio outside of gangsta rap. They play the song all the time on my local classic rock stations, and there`s 4 of those around here. Hell, some reason they play it all the time at my gym.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    5cats, it`s no different than if it was "that little n!gger is a millionaire!" And they repeat that same line a few times.
    But there are worse things in classic rock songs. Nobody seems to notice how in the song Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones they say "you make a dead man cum." They say it twice. I`ve heard this song uncensored in supermarkets. It`s hilarious what people don`t notice sometimes.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm
    @pyrrhios replied:

    the word is banned, not the song. OP is Hurr durr.

    handys003 responded:
    Read the freaking article numbnits!

    "OTTAWA — The term “fag” is acceptable on Canadian radio, but “faggot” is not, according to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, which released a ruling Wednesday that essentially bans the Dire Straits song Money for Nothing."

    It says the song is banned and not just the word.




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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    @davymid
    very much true
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    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    @5Cats

    Because you can be just as much a Liberal Left fascist just as much as a Conservative Right fascist.
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    iplaymusic Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    That`s gay.
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    Darkhumour Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm
    thats the problem with canada we have all these dumb ass boards for the radio adn television and cable that just steal are drating money and do dumb bullpoo like this
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    Simcoe Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm
    This is coming from the CBSC an independent, non-governmental organization run by private radio stations themselves.

    The CBC is not part of this council so that song could be played without any edits on CBC radio.
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    SomeShoes Male 13-17
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    January 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    why is it always the little pointless things that always get banned
  52. Profile photo of alibi19
    alibi19 Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    Is this because the song says the word "fag"?
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    pixiechick81 Female 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    So this was just one the news. Apparently just censoring those bits. Meh, fair enough I guess...
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    January 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    In light of this decision they`ve already started censoring existing videos.

    http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dlPjxz4LGak
  55. Profile photo of handys003
    handys003 Male 50-59
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    January 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm
    @alibi19

    No fag is okay, but you can`t say faggot. Go figure.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    January 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm
    "broadcasters shall ensure that their programming contains no abusive or unduly discriminatory material or comment which is based on matters of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or physical or mental disability"

    Well that rules out every single TV and radio program ever.
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    korahn Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm
    I`ve heard it played on the radio stations up here, the just silence out "faggot" However, many songs can still say "bitch" and "ass"
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    January 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm
    Thats just dumb
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 12:45 am
    The song was making fun of people displaying attitudes like that of the "custom kitchen" installer in the song.

    If anything, custom kitchen installers should be up in arms for the unfavourable way they were portrayed in the song. :-/
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 4:08 am
    I love the responses from the Americans talking about how stupid Canadians are...just after Huckleberry Fin was edited to remove "I am a racist!" and replace it with "slave".
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    K3vin Male 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 5:29 am
    i find it funny how they`re up in arms about the word faggot but you can hear nigga x1000 in some crappy pop `rap` song no problem.

    This really pissed me off, not a huge Mark knopfler fan but the guitar riff from that song is just awesome. In addition, they get their knickers in a twist but a toronto radio station offers the westboro baptists a live, on-air interview to stop them picketing at the Tucson, AZ victims funerals.

    Sure, we`ll let those whackos on the air... But the word faggot (which is used in a legit context in this song) is completely unacceptable.

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUU Canada.
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    a1butcher Male 40-49
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    January 14, 2011 at 7:03 am
    @Samsquanch... LOL. 100% AGREED
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 7:04 am
    This is what when you let the far left get complete control just as bad as the far right. They`ll ban anything they don`t like or deem not "PC" because they now how to protect you beter than yourself. Next all sharp corners will have to be rounded off and everyone will have to live in a bubble raising a generation oblivious to the reality of the real world.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 7:11 am
    So in the name of free speech here`s song to Justin Beaver because I hate him.Link to song not NSFW, small children, PC fascists, small animals and those of you with a stick up your ass. Also no I don`t hate gay people IT`S A JOKE!
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 7:48 am
    Really? Come on. Its just a song. Lighten up.
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    SvampeBob Male 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 9:53 am
    -.- banding a song? well then I officially declare stupidity banned!
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    January 14, 2011 at 10:00 am
    Last year the BBC tried to ban Fairy Tale of New York for the same reason.
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    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 10:59 am
    @Samsquatch
    An American company publishing a censored version of Huck Finn is different from the Canadian GOVERNMENT banning a song because it`s "offensive" on pretty shaky terms. Governments can set precedent.
    But I think everyone can agree that both are stupid.
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    erkika Female 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 11:06 am
    We`re all shocked that censorship exists?
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    elgrappa Male 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 11:50 am
    anyone noticed that at the point when they are singing about ``the little faggot`` and there is that music video on the tv the song title of that songs sais ``baby baby`` thats not discrimination it is a prediction and predictions are -when they come true- the truth and thus not discrimination biatch BTW according to southpark a faggot is someone who drives a harley davidson and makes a lot of noise all the time
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    January 14, 2011 at 11:53 am
    The band Dire Straits is anything but bigoted. The whole song was sarcasm aimed at people that think making it big as a band is easy.

    Unfortunately most people didn`t get the gist of the song. The repetitive line "I want my MTV" is why it became so popular.
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
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    January 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    I have always said that you don`t have to be a homosexual to be a faggot. I have a couple of friends who prove that statement.
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    Linkenberger Male 18-29
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    January 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm
    Man, this is like my favorite oldies song. Not because of the faggot reference -though I still sI am a racist! a tad when I hear them say it- but because I think the opening guitar solo is one of the best ever. Right up there with Crazy Train.
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    Simcoe Male 30-39
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    January 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    @Volsunga Read the posts, the CBSC is not a government agency, but a council made up of private broadcasters in Canada. They are the ones that asked that member stations edit the song. So it could air, as is on the public broadcaster, CBC.
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    Ontario Male 18-29
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    May 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    wth? I still hear it on the radio

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