Censorship and Dire Straights
The 1980s song Money for Nothing by the British rock band Dire Straits has been deemed unacceptable for play on Canadian radio.
In a ruling released Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says the song contravenes the human rights clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.
The council is an independent, non-governmental group created to administer standards established by its members, Canada's private broadcasters. Its membership includes more than 700 private radio and TV stations across the country.
Last year, a listener to radio station CHOZ-FM in St. John's complained that the '80s rock song includes the word "faggot" in its lyrics and is discriminatory to gays.Funny because they won't allow the word on the forum. BUt they put it in the article and show the video. I would like to ask our community on this and perhaps huckleberry finn? Is the context of the words used being overshadowed? Not to trivialize, but much the same as Born in the USA is about americans pro war habits, yet was taken over by the very forces that are pro war. Shouting U S A U S A. Context of the song being manipulated. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I think that revisionism isn't always the best like changing all the words in finn from the n word to slave. The context of it should show how the mistreatment of blacks was so prevelant. Just saying slave doesn't have as much punch as the other word to illustrate the times that it was written about. AM I barking up the wrong tree on this one.