Dire Straits unfit for Canada
2011-01-14 by Simon Harris (SCREAM!) | 65 Comments
The Dire Straits hit single, Money For Nothing, has been deemed inappropriate for radio-play due to "gay slurs" found in its lyrics.

It was brought to the attention of The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council that the song used the word "faggot" three times and was thus deemed disrespectful towards the gay/lesbian community.

http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/921054--dire-straits-song-ruled-unfit-for-canada
Tagged: Dire Straits

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Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2011
8021 Comments


Dire Straits unfit for eveywhere

Squamish
January 14th 2011
84 Comments


les boys do cabaret, les boys are glaaad to be gay

crowing51
January 14th 2011
3463 Comments


Canada bitching about nothing like always.

Eclectic
January 14th 2011
3302 Comments


Bullshit, my radio station's management is as strict as possible and they shrugged their shoulders at those lyrics.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011
13972 Comments


When they play it in the States (or when I used to hear it), it was always an edited version. Are they not playing that, because it is silly if they are just banning it because one of the versions might offend people.

DanteCuomo
January 14th 2011
381 Comments


Common sense unfit for Canada

TheFantasticDangler
January 14th 2011
1174 Comments


What Josh D said, there must be a censored version.

Crowing, you're absolutely useless.

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random
January 14th 2011
2270 Comments


Oh crap, I'm from Canada.

MunsuLight
January 14th 2011
567 Comments


Stupid music stations again. Stupid government who is too much conservative.

Ticondaroga
January 14th 2011
231 Comments


^ Correction is too much "liberal" however this isnt the case since our currently elected prime
minister is of conservative devotion.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2011
24098 Comments


you think our government is too "liberal", are you a fascist?

seriously, there's not that much further right than Harper.

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2011
24098 Comments


crowning51 makes the stupidest posts on this site

NigelH
January 14th 2011
1571 Comments


Stupid, because Knopfler's lyric is not gay-bashing, but rather used in an ironic context. Silly Canadians.

crowing51
January 14th 2011
3463 Comments


Thats why I made the comment I did NigelH.

You guys are soo mean :

NigelH your username makes me want to listen to XTC - Making Plans for Nigel now

WoodLawn
January 14th 2011
134 Comments


My country can be seriously embarrassing sometimes. I mean, who gives a shit about the lyrics to a boring, overplayed, 25-year-old Dire Straits song?

sspedding
January 14th 2011
4794 Comments


i do, because they are awesome.

bloc
January 14th 2011
35024 Comments


We Canadians are very sensitive

sspedding
January 14th 2011
4794 Comments


oui

Scoot
January 14th 2011
17914 Comments


I hate my country sometimes

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jimmykidd
January 14th 2011
535 Comments


haha. this is hilarious. knopfler is the man.

Defeater
January 15th 2011
5782 Comments


canada: taking it up the butt for 200 years

Knott-
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
10198 Comments


The Daily Mail had a field day on this.

YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ANY MORE!!!!!!!!!

Defeater
January 15th 2011
5782 Comments


Next it's going to be illegal to say war or birth. Those could offend pacifists and people who don't want children.

Satellite
January 15th 2011
20826 Comments


songs containing the word "faggot" wouldn't get played on american radio stations either, guys.

(without being dubbed, of course)

Knott-
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
10198 Comments


And you won't even be able to smear "FUCK OFF HOME" in animal shit on the side of an immigrant's car without some do-gooder calling you a "racist!"

Defeater
January 15th 2011
5782 Comments


We do everything to "protect the children", this is to protect a 6% minority.

Boo hoo.

CelestialDust
January 15th 2011
3157 Comments


money for nothin and your sluts fo free

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
4461 Comments


people not really understanding Canadian politics itt.

I hate when my country excepts this super liberal bullshit, I mean come on it's not bashing anybody and they just look like those people who try to take the smoking parts out of Classic Hollywood cinema

Knott-
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
10198 Comments


End of day people should just stop being so sensitive to words.

Satellite
January 15th 2011
20826 Comments


i think the crux of this story is that dire straights was getting airtime to begin with.

that's astounding.

Defeater
January 15th 2011
5782 Comments


"I hate when my country excepts this super liberal bullshit, I mean come on it's not bashing anybody and they just look like those people who try to take the smoking parts out of Classic Hollywood cinema"

Kind of like how we've never seen a picture of Obama smoking on United States television even though he hasn't quit. Reality might send a bad image, after all.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
4461 Comments


Dire Straits are good what are you even saying.

Dev518
January 15th 2011
574 Comments


You should be able to say whatever the fuck you wany whenever the fuck you want... faggot.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
10198 Comments


What we should do is present an image to kids of absolute Utopia where nobody gets ill, swears, is different, drinks or thinks any negative thought and then when they hit 21 just LAUNCH it at them like BOOM!

Yeah that will make them more stable individuals.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2011
20858 Comments


Those sneaky ba$tards... It may have taken 25 years to notice, but they were found out eventually.

Defeater
January 15th 2011
5782 Comments


I think we can all agree that music or any art should never be censored.

And that Knott fails at sarcasm.

whywontyoudie
January 15th 2011
3063 Comments


lol radio.

Jackie Gleason
January 15th 2011
17 Comments


i bet randy newman has a tough time in the great white north

76TVs
January 15th 2011
162 Comments


That song is awesome it predicted to coming of Justin Bieber:

'Little Fagot is a Millionaire'

Edwin
January 15th 2011
1399 Comments


Woah hold up some people are saying Dire Straits aren't good, what the.

The song was written about Motley Crue apparently.

freedomofspeechnoway
January 15th 2011
418 Comments


Does this mean that Canadians no longer have to suffer through American Idiot on the radio?

Powerban
January 15th 2011
2380 Comments


i'm sure plenty of obnoxious people in canada think of that as a "YEAH WE'RE NOT AMERICAN" anthem, so no.

Jethro42
January 15th 2011
12638 Comments


''Does this mean that Canadians no longer have to suffer through American Idiot on the radio?''

Unfortunately not.



crowing51
January 15th 2011
3463 Comments



Woah hold up some people are saying Dire Straits aren't good, what the. [2]

ConsiderPhlebas
January 15th 2011
6157 Comments


"End of day people should just stop being so sensitive to words."




Don't know about this - words have a lot of power, not always obviously. But political correctness needs to suck my balls. Trying to force everyone to be nice to each other just makes everyone hate each other even more.



Jethro42
January 15th 2011
12638 Comments


^Good point right there

crowing51
January 15th 2011
3463 Comments


I think it is rather silly to address this issue NOW. 25 or so years later. Hell it wasn't meant to be offensive to Homosexuals at all. Hell even ELTON JOHN did the song with the band live like really?

Imperial
January 15th 2011
1739 Comments


one of the only good songs on that shitty dying terrestrial radio, I feel ashamed to be from Canada right now. Little faggot government.

MalcolmX
January 15th 2011
56 Comments


I really don't have much to say other than that's pretty fucking retarded. Why not play the clean version instead.

MalcolmX
January 15th 2011
56 Comments


I really don't have much to say other than that's pretty fucking retarded. Why not play the clean version instead.

Nagrarok
January 15th 2011
8316 Comments


It was brought to the attention of The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council that the song used the word "faggot" three times


...after a mere 25 years.

Wizard
January 15th 2011
19644 Comments


Way to misinterpret the lyrics. Fuck I hate this country sometimes.

Little faggot government.

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HighandDriving
January 15th 2011
3288 Comments


You're a faggot.

MrSnuffles
January 15th 2011
112 Comments


Why is this news worthy? There's a lot of songs that aren't radio appropriate.

Eclectic
January 15th 2011
3302 Comments


Why is this news worthy? There's a lot of songs that aren't radio appropriate.

Why do you bother being a dumbass troll?

D1337
January 15th 2011
19 Comments


"i think the crux of this story is that dire straights was getting airtime to begin with.

that's astounding."

oooh so witty. troll on brotha.

and this song is played in america (at least in NYC) unedited.

Knott-
Emeritus
January 15th 2011
10198 Comments


Don't know about this - words have a lot of power, not always obviously.


Clearly I think so, or I probably wouldn't be here. But words only really have power when there is a specific intention behind them. The words themselves mean fuck all - it's the way they're used and the malice or lack thereof that makes words mean something beyond their semantic value.

thebhoy
Emeritus
January 16th 2011
4461 Comments


but people think through association and the other can never be known except through their words and actions, and therefore any word, whether intended to be malicious or not, has its own set of consequences based on connotations. Having said that, I still think this is ridiculous.

AlienWarrior75
January 16th 2011
134 Comments


Censorship never works

seifer
January 16th 2011
1006 Comments


this is stupid

Puzzles
January 16th 2011
3065 Comments


Ugh, it's such a shitty song anyway. Dire Straits aren't even that good in my book to begin with.

Awesomesauce
January 16th 2011
1084 Comments


So, you grown those pubes yet puzzles? No? Then shut the fuck up.

Edwin
January 17th 2011
1399 Comments


You know how people say, YOU'RE OKAY IN MY BOOK, or AND IN MY BOOK THAT'S NO GOOD. Well, I actually have... a book. And everybody I ever met goes in this book. And now I've met you, and... YOU'RE GOING IN THE BOOK TOO. Unfortunately, now I'm gonna have to file you under chicken... shit.

joesmoe4000
January 17th 2011
371 Comments


i dislike eveything conservative.knopfler is a living legend.why don't they just play the version they play on u.s. radio.i don't see what the big deal is?

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macros13
November 3rd 2014
1 Comments


People need to harden the fuck up!



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