Skip to comments.Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" Censored by the local classic rock station...
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?
Amazing, but there will b more.
Depends on the station. I’ve heard it clipped and I’ve heard it “as is” in the past.
That’s nothing new. I’ve heard the word edited out for years.
Yes, I just noticed that last week. I was listening to a rock station out of Indy.
I knew it would happen sooner or later
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.
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.
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.
Here is an idea: teach your boy not to call another boy names. ;-)
I bet he’s learned a lot worse on the playground or bus...
The clipped version is also on one of their Greatest Hits collections that I got in the ‘90s. Nothing new.
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”. 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.
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), 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.
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. 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.” 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.
Not all stations abided by this ruling; at least two stations, CIRK-FM in Edmonton and CFRQ-FM in Halifax, 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. 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.
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.
I loved this one when I was a kid.
They’ve been doing it for several years.
And of course there’s the irony in Elton John/Bernie Taupin’s “Texan Love Song”
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.
I suppose Blazing Saddles is not in the DVD....
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.