Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing

Submitted by: madest 6 years ago
http://reason.com/blog/2011/01/13/canada-bans-dire-straits-money

Dire Straits ""Money For Nothing"" deemed too offensive for Canadian radio.
There are 76 comments:
Male 229
wth? I still hear it on the radio
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Male 126
@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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Male 1,164
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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Male 247
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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Male 17,512
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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Male 96
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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Female 13
We`re all shocked that censorship exists?
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Male 1,548
@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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Male 7,123
Last year the BBC tried to ban Fairy Tale of New York for the same reason.
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Male 3,076
-.- banding a song? well then I officially declare stupidity banned!
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Male 6,694
Really? Come on. Its just a song. Lighten up.
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Male 14,330
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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Male 14,330
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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Male 4,807
@Samsquanch... LOL. 100% AGREED
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Male 487
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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Male 792
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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Male 2,372
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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Male 25,416
Thats just dumb
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Male 1,418
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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Male 8,302
"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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Male 2,402
@alibi19

No fag is okay, but you can`t say faggot. Go figure.
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Male 914
In light of this decision they`ve already started censoring existing videos.

http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dlPjxz4LGak
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Female 838
So this was just one the news. Apparently just censoring those bits. Meh, fair enough I guess...
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Male 73
Is this because the song says the word "fag"?
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Male 2,056
why is it always the little pointless things that always get banned
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Male 126
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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Male 257
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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Male 292
That`s gay.
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Male 2,402
@5Cats

Because you can be just as much a Liberal Left fascist just as much as a Conservative Right fascist.
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Male 2,402
@davymid
very much true
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Male 2,402
@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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Female 3,562
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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Female 3,562
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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Male 36,469
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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Female 3,562
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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Male 12,365
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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Male 12,365
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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Male 792
Apparently, some Newfie homo was snowed in, didn`t have any seal flipper pie, so got a bit bitchy.
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Male 242
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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Male 12,138
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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Male 792
The complaint:
[quote]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.[/quote]

So...it was some bleeding heart liberal that bitched.
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Male 928
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.
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Male 792
Here is the link to the CBSC article:
[url]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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Female 105
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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Male 185
the word is banned, not the song. OP is Hurr durr.
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Male 12
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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Male 1,021
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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Male 2,402
It says accorrding to the Toronto Sun "ban the song"
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Male 134
I`m ashamed
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Male 621
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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Male 1
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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Male 2,545
its amazing how much people let the government protect these days.
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Male 2,402
"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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Male 3,418
Guess you Canucks will have to settle for Weird Al`s version.
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Male 1,222
"Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing" What? English please
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Male 4,290
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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Male 4,290
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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Male 15,510
Lmao just bleep it all around
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Male 7,378
I wonder if Canadian radio is allowed to play Elton Johns the Bitch is Back?
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Male 1,548
wait, is IAB adding filters? I could have sworn "ni66er" wasn`t censored on the Huck Finn post.
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Male 2,988
Seriously Canada?
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Male 17,512
Next they`ll ban "Blame Canada!" from the South Park movie.
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Female 302
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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Female 382
fail
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Male 621
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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Male 1,548
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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Male 11
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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Male 2,121
This is Huck Finn all over again...
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Male 2,229
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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Male 605
ALso, how can they ban it? What about people who already own it? Derp.
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Male 605
Oh for F*ck`s sake, Canada, you used to be cool. Just cut the words out!
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Female 1
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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Female 192
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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Male 10,339
"That silly faggot drives his own jet airplane. That silly faggot is a millionaire."

That`s probably why.
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Male 7,378
Link: Canada Bans Dire Straits Song, Money For Nothing [Rate Link] - Dire Straits ``Money For Nothing`` deemed too offensive for Canadian radio.
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