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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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