S o, it's finally happened: the people of Canada will never again be terrorised by Dire Straits. Money for Nothing — yes, that Money for Nothing; the song of inescapable refrain, haunted by the spectre of Sting wailing that he wants his, he wants his, he wants his M-T-veeeee — has been "banned" by the CSBC. Specifically, it's been "banned" because it repeats the word "faggot" three separate times.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The Dire Straits song Money For Nothinga staple of classic-rock radio and music-video oldies shows, has been ruled as too offensive for the airways, two and a half decades after its original release. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has found that the word "faggot" in the lyrics breaches the council's code of ethics.
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The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see. The song features a guest appearance by Sting singing background vocals, providing both the signature falsetto introduction and backing chorus of "I want my MTV. It was Dire Straits' most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks in the United States, number 1 for three weeks on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band's native UK. Gibbons told Musician in that Knopfler had solicited Gibbons' help in replicating the tone, adding, "He didn't do a half-bad job, considering that I didn't tell him a thing!
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Canada's broadcast standards council has reached back to 's Top 40 to ban an anti-gay epithet in an old Dire Straits hit from the radio. The song Money for Nothing was a smash when an animated music video seemed new and cool.
Canada's broadcast standards council has amended its earlier ruling that Dire Straits' hit Money for Nothing was unfit for radio, saying that while a homophobic slur used in the song was inappropriate, it should be taken in context. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission had asked for a review of the song after the standards council ruled in January that the British group's song was unfit for radio because its lyrics included three mentions of the anti-gay slur "faggot". The council was responding to a complaint from a radio listener.
TORONTO - Music fans around the world were up in arms Thursday after a broadcast watchdog deemed the Dire Straits hit "Money for Nothing" unfit for Canadian radio because of a gay slur in the lyrics, while others applauded the decision and argued society has changed since the song came out in The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled Wednesday that the song violates the industry's code of ethics because the lyrics include the word "faggot" three times. John's, N.
Canadian radio stations have been warned to censor the Dire Straits hit Money for Nothing, after a complaint that the lyrics of the Grammy Award-winning song were derogatory to gay men. A St John's, Newfoundland, station should have edited the song to remove the word "faggot" because it violates Canada's human rights standards, according to ruling this week by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. A unnamed listener to OZ FM in the Atlantic Coast province complained to the industry watchdog last year after hearing the song, which features Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler and fellow rock star Sting.