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Canada Bans Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" for Being Too Offensive. No, I'm Not Kidding
Reason ^ | 1/13/11 | Matt Welch

Posted on 01/14/2011 6:33:41 AM PST by markomalley

Please don't ever tell me that Canada is a more enlightened country than the U.S. and A.:

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that Dire Straits' 1980s hit Money for Nothing is too offensive for Canadian radio.

The ruling, released Wednesday, was in response to a complaint against St. John's radio station CHOZ-FM. The listener complained that the word faggot – which appears three times in the song is "extremely offensive" to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The council is an independent body created by Canadian radio and television broadcasters to review the standards of their content. [...]

The council ruled that the song contravenes its ethics code which states: "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.":

It ruled that "faggot," when used to describe a homosexual, is "even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so."



TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Front Page News
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Dire Straits - Money For Nothing

Lyrics:

Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's

I shoulda learned to play the guitar
I shoulda learned to play them drums
Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the camera
Man we could have some fun
And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin' on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these colour TV's, Lord

Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Money for nothin' and chicks for free

Gotta love modern society

1 posted on 01/14/2011 6:33:42 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“That little bundle of sticks” just doesn’t fit very well, now, does it?


2 posted on 01/14/2011 6:35:31 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: markomalley

You gotta be kidding me
That is one of the funniest songs ever
And with the (c)rap that comes out almost daily now
Can’t believe it.


3 posted on 01/14/2011 6:38:29 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: markomalley

Fo shizzle ma nizzle.


4 posted on 01/14/2011 6:39:31 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: markomalley

That’s so Gay


5 posted on 01/14/2011 6:39:38 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: markomalley

Best band evah.


6 posted on 01/14/2011 6:44:56 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: markomalley

I remember the promo tour. Mark K said that he was in a department store and a TV was playing one of his early videos. Workers were on a break and making comments about the video, and he said he wrote them down word for word and it developed into to the song.


7 posted on 01/14/2011 6:45:30 AM PST by deadrock (Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Philo)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Great band and great song.

How about a Money for Nothing marathon ? Play it 4 times every hour for a week.


8 posted on 01/14/2011 6:45:45 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: markomalley

Then I assume virtually all rap “songs” (excuse me if I laugh when someone calls that garbage songs) are banned from Canadian radio?


9 posted on 01/14/2011 6:45:49 AM PST by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: fanfan

Canada ping.


10 posted on 01/14/2011 6:46:24 AM PST by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: markomalley

I’m offended by alot of crap I hear in music.

So let’s ban that too. I mean, it’s discriminatory policy to ban “offensive” to the PC crowd and not to heterosexuals, whites, males, rural/small towners and conservatives.


11 posted on 01/14/2011 6:48:29 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat (The Rodney King Riots: Courtesy of ABC, CBS, NBC & CNN)
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To: markomalley

First, they came for the bassoonists.....


12 posted on 01/14/2011 6:49:11 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: markomalley
Heard “Fat Bottomed Girls” this morning. Is that insensitive? Is it racist?

Instead of “KILL YOUR TELEVISION”

We need a new bumper sticker

“KILL POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (PC)” with a bulls-eye, or reticle, or both.

13 posted on 01/14/2011 6:53:13 AM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: markomalley

FAGGOTS!!


14 posted on 01/14/2011 6:53:36 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: markomalley

I figured it was the sly slip in that is not part of the lyrics stating “get your *****” referring to a female part of the anatomy. Knofler is the one that says it.


15 posted on 01/14/2011 7:00:44 AM PST by doodad
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To: markomalley

The song mocks those who think the life of a musician is easy and in the course of the lyrics, associates their ignorance with those who use the term “faggot”

So is the Canadian Ministry of Nannystate actually protecting those who call homosexuals “faggots”?


16 posted on 01/14/2011 7:01:59 AM PST by kidd
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To: markomalley
My husband was an undergrad at UNL when this song came out. One of the kids working on the student news paper misheard the lyrics and wrote a review about "money for nothing and checks for free!"

(It was Nebraska)

17 posted on 01/14/2011 7:03:26 AM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: markomalley

They gave us the great sport of hockey.
The next thing you know hockey players will be wearing tutus.


18 posted on 01/14/2011 7:04:50 AM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: markomalley

If they changed the group’s name to “Dire Androgynous Persons” would that help??


19 posted on 01/14/2011 7:14:50 AM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: markomalley
Beverly! Beverly! Beverly Hillbillies.....
20 posted on 01/14/2011 7:17:36 AM PST by YourAdHere (Joey Greco '12)
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