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Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" Censored by the local classic rock station...
105.9 FM ^ | 2/18/14 | sff

Posted on 02/18/2014 1:00:59 PM PST by SoFloFreeper

105.9 FM is the local classic rock station in south Florida.....just a few minutes ago, I was bored with everything else on the radio and hit that station...just in time to hear the beginning of the hit "Money for Nothing"...

Imagine my surprise when the lyric got to: "That little faggot with the earring and the mink coat, Yeah, buddy, thats his own hair. That little faggot got his own jet airplane. That little faggot is a millionaire!"

Funny lines....but the dreaded "slur" was clipped out! Absurd.

Anyway, since I RARELY listen to music radio, I was wondering if this song has been suffering from the politically correct hacks for a long time? Or is it just a phenomenon of the rabidly liberal Miami media?


TOPICS: Conspiracy; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: censorship; culturewar; direstraits; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; lavendermafia; moneyfornothing; pc; radio; revisionisthistory; rock; savethestraits
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Anyone else notice this?
1 posted on 02/18/2014 1:00:59 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Amazing, but there will b more.


2 posted on 02/18/2014 1:02:41 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Depends on the station. I’ve heard it clipped and I’ve heard it “as is” in the past.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 1:03:14 PM PST by jrg
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’s nothing new. I’ve heard the word edited out for years.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 1:03:20 PM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: SoFloFreeper

Yes, I just noticed that last week. I was listening to a rock station out of Indy.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 1:03:43 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I knew it would happen sooner or later


6 posted on 02/18/2014 1:04:03 PM PST by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I recall the song “Money” by Pink Floyd bring clipped by radio for the word “bullshit” and Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” for the phrase “son of a bitch”.....but the word “faggot” hardly seems to be on the same level.


7 posted on 02/18/2014 1:04:29 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

It’s a crude slur and should be edited out. I don’t want my kid calling another boy a “faggot” because he learned it on the radio.


8 posted on 02/18/2014 1:05:19 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: SoFloFreeper

There were several ads on cable last night (sponsored in part by the Ad Council) attempting to get people to stop using the “hurtful” phrase “that’s so gay”. The outfit pushing this campaign was ThinkB4YouSpeak.

The PC word police are out in full force.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 1:06:46 PM PST by Starboard
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Here is an idea: teach your boy not to call another boy names. ;-)


10 posted on 02/18/2014 1:07:00 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I bet he’s learned a lot worse on the playground or bus...


11 posted on 02/18/2014 1:07:01 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The clipped version is also on one of their Greatest Hits collections that I got in the ‘90s. Nothing new.


12 posted on 02/18/2014 1:07:12 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Lyrics

Dire Straits – “Money for Nothing”

The first-person narrating character in the lyrics refers to a musician “banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee” and another female musician “stickin’ in the camera, man we could have some fun”. He describes a singer as “that little faggot with the earring and the make-up”, and bemoans that these artists get “money for nothing and chicks for free”.[3] These lyrics were criticised as being sexist, racist, and homophobic.

In a late 1984 interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Knopfler expressed mixed feelings on the controversy:

I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London – he actually said it was below the belt. Apart from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can’t let it have so many meanings – you have to be direct. In fact, I’m still in two minds as to whether it’s a good idea to write songs that aren’t in the first person, to take on other characters. The singer in “Money for Nothing” is a real ignoramus, hard hat mentality – somebody who sees everything in financial terms. I mean, this guy has a grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that’s not working and yet the guy’s rich: that’s a good scam. He isn’t sneering.[4]

Dire Straits often performed the song in live concerts and when on tour, where the second verse was included but usually altered slightly. For the band’s 10 July 1985 concert (televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January 1986[5]), Knopfler replaced the word “faggot” with “Queenie” (in this context also a term that implies homosexuality):

“See the little Queenie got the earring and the make-up” and “That little Queenie got his own jet airplane, he’s got a helicopter, he’s millionaire.”

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, in an interview with Blender magazine, claimed that the song is actually about his band’s excessive lifestyle, and that Knopfler heard clerks in a store commenting on Mötley Crüe videos shown on the in-store television sets.[6]

In January 2011, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) ruled that the unedited version of the song was unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Code of Ethics and their Equitable Portrayal Code.[7][8] The CBSC concluded that “like other racially driven words in the English language, ‘faggot’ is one that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.”[7] The CBSC’s proceedings came in response to a radio listener’s Ruling Request stemming from a playing of the song by CHOZ-FM in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, which in turn followed the radio listener’s dissatisfaction with the radio station’s reply to their complaint about a gay slur in the lyrics.[7][9]

Not all stations abided by this ruling; at least two stations, CIRK-FM in Edmonton[10] and CFRQ-FM in Halifax,[11] played the unedited version of “Money for Nothing” repeatedly for one hour out of protest. Galaxie, which was owned by the CBC at the time of the controversy, also continues to play the song.[12][13] On 21 January 2011, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) asked the CBSC for a review on the ban, in response to the public outcry against the CBSC’s actions; the CRTC reportedly received over 250 complaints erroneously sent to them, instead of the CBSC. The regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland.[14]

On 31 August, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, because of considerations in regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited versions of the song. Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner.[15]


13 posted on 02/18/2014 1:07:21 PM PST by Wyatt's Torch
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Please....


14 posted on 02/18/2014 1:07:28 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: SoFloFreeper

I loved this one when I was a kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqjoHKISCVU


15 posted on 02/18/2014 1:08:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

They’ve been doing it for several years.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 1:08:06 PM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

And of course there’s the irony in Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s “Texan Love Song”


17 posted on 02/18/2014 1:08:32 PM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’ll do you one better. The song was temporarily banned by the Canadian government in 2011 for violating the “Human Rights Clause” in the country’s broadcasting regulations. It was later reversed, but it’s still a chilling event.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/canada-lifts-ban-on-dire-straits-money-for-nothing-20110901


18 posted on 02/18/2014 1:08:36 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: bigfootbob

I suppose Blazing Saddles is not in the DVD....


19 posted on 02/18/2014 1:09:52 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SoFloFreeper


20 posted on 02/18/2014 1:10:36 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SoFloFreeper
in the 90s, Q95 Bob And Tom syndicated show made jokes daily about gays. One of the favorites was "Buttman, and his boy Swallow" Not any more. And they too, now censor that word from the song
21 posted on 02/18/2014 1:10:48 PM PST by digger48
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To: SoFloFreeper

Been happening for a while. On a similar note, one one of the other boards I frequent, an absolute spaz out occurred when a poster said “That’s gay. People were clutching pearls like there was no tomorow.

Exactly ONE person commented on that same thread when one of the spaz crew went off with a “Slanty eyed Jap” comment.

Isn’t selective outrage wonderful?


22 posted on 02/18/2014 1:11:00 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’ve heard it with that entire verse edited out.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 1:11:22 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: Wyatt's Torch

they were referring to ‘sir’ Elton John


24 posted on 02/18/2014 1:11:25 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Starboard

I have seen those....some black lesbian actress is in them. I understand the sentiment. I hate hearing Jesus’ and God’s name used as a curse word.

Of course, the media will NEVER stop mocking Christ’s name.


25 posted on 02/18/2014 1:12:15 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Soooo sensitive.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 1:12:20 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I liked the song, and thought the video was great. The band got even better when they added Paul Franklin on pedal steel!


27 posted on 02/18/2014 1:13:00 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

They also quit playing ‘Hot and Nasty’ by Black Oak Arkansas and ‘Apeman’ by the Kinks.

Those songs are Classic Rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vf4c7hlLNi4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEep67akIn4


28 posted on 02/18/2014 1:13:03 PM PST by chopperman
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

Your name suits you.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 1:13:48 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SoFloFreeper

Nothing new at all.

Back in the 70’s the lyrics to Grease were edited on the radio as well as Madonna’s songs in the 80’s. That is why I always listened to the album (that would be CD now).


30 posted on 02/18/2014 1:13:57 PM PST by bearkat
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To: SoFloFreeper
The unedited verison is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwDDswGsJ60

Download it with Freemake Video Downloader, which will also convert it to mp3.

31 posted on 02/18/2014 1:14:38 PM PST by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: SoFloFreeper

So, the DJ is a faggot. Who knew?


32 posted on 02/18/2014 1:14:56 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: SoFloFreeper

Is “banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee” still in the mix?


33 posted on 02/18/2014 1:15:57 PM PST by liege (America 180)
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To: SoFloFreeper

As far as I know “that little faggot” was elected President,...twice!


34 posted on 02/18/2014 1:16:02 PM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Must be the word, ‘little’.


35 posted on 02/18/2014 1:16:53 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I heard an interview back several years ago on one of the "Behind the Music" type shows. The guy from Dire Straights the wrote the song said that he got the entire idea for it when he walked into an appliance store and started chatting with one of the employees. There was a rock video on the TV in the background with one of the long haired metal bands on and the employee turned toward it and said "Look at that little Queenie with the earrings and the mink coat!" one of the other employees chimed in, "Yeah, but I bet that little Queenie flys around in a jet-plane and is a millionaire."

They guy that wrote the song actually changed "Queenie" to "Faggot" because in Australia and the UK "Queenie" was consider a more offensive term for a homosexual than "Faggot" which didn't have quite the connotations it did in the United States and referred more to an enfeminent man than necessarily a homosexual (sort of like we might say "sissy" or "girly-boy".

36 posted on 02/18/2014 1:19:26 PM PST by apillar
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To: liege

I remember hearing that the Rolling Stones single greatest tune was racist too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNY8eYmzdH4


37 posted on 02/18/2014 1:19:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

You’re going to eventually have a long and running list of crude and banned words to police. There are tons of them and new terms come up all the time. Attempting to sanitize speech is a never ending and futile job.


38 posted on 02/18/2014 1:20:46 PM PST by Starboard
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
It’s a crude slur and should be edited out. I don’t want my kid calling another boy a “faggot” because he learned it on the radio.

You're right...We should call the queer perverts something like culturally diversified or just gender bender...

39 posted on 02/18/2014 1:21:06 PM PST by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: SoFloFreeper

They’ve been leaving this out for years around me.


40 posted on 02/18/2014 1:22:12 PM PST by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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To: cripplecreek

I had to click to see. I was figuring it was “Brown Sugar”


41 posted on 02/18/2014 1:22:58 PM PST by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoFloFreeper

That’s so gay...


42 posted on 02/18/2014 1:24:42 PM PST by Hatteras
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To: SoFloFreeper

The faggots in Canada got their panties in a twist over it, so the faggots in the Canadian government made it illegal.

Meanwhile in Canada, liberal support for the fast growing Muslim population stays strong, since Muslims prefer the phrase “death sentence” to the word “faggot.”


43 posted on 02/18/2014 1:25:06 PM PST by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Doc Savage

Doc Savage.....you sir,............ ROCK!!!


44 posted on 02/18/2014 1:25:26 PM PST by Fighter@heart (The government cares NOT 1 iota about your health, only about your WEALTH!!!)
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To: chopperman
Funny thing (to me) is the classic rock stations here in San Antonio are picking up on this one again.

Ram Jam - Black Betty 1977 - YouTube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R044sleOW6I

 

 

I'm not offended by the lyrics, but I can laugh out loud when I think of prissy libs who are.

45 posted on 02/18/2014 1:25:39 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Here is an idea: teach your boy not to call another boy names. ;-)

Yep, I do. Some names are worse than others, though.

46 posted on 02/18/2014 1:26:46 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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47 posted on 02/18/2014 1:26:50 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Coincidentally, I recently downloaded the song from iTunes. The versions on Brothers in Arms and the collection Sultans of Swing are edited. The long-playing 8-minute version on Private Investigations is not edited out. ITunes does not specify which versions are edited. The edits are just mumbling words, no effort to really blend. No, it's not a nice word, but it's an accurate representation of the kind of conversation warehouse workers might engage in.

Ironic seeing that the filth in rap songs is many times worse.

48 posted on 02/18/2014 1:27:12 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: SoFloFreeper
He doesn't want to get caught up in any of the funky (sh!t) stuff going down in the city.
49 posted on 02/18/2014 1:28:02 PM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The radio censors Taylor Swift’s song “Picture to Burn,” to:

“So go and tell your friends that I’m obsessive and crazy
That’s fine I’ll tell mine that you’re gay!” The substitute something for the second line.


50 posted on 02/18/2014 1:29:32 PM PST by Tax-chick (The future is not going to take us seriously.)
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