Canada bans broadcast of old Dire Straits song

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-16T02:21:55-04:00 January 20th, 2011|News|

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council on Jan. 12 banned the old Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing” from the airwaves because the lyrics contain the word “faggot.”
The council said broadcasting the word violates both the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and its Equitable Portrayal Code.
The song says: “The little faggot with the earring and the makeup. Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair. That little faggot’s got his own jet airplane. That little faggot, he’s a millionaire.”
CNSC determined: “(L)ike 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. The Panel finds that it has fallen into the category of unacceptable designations on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or physical or mental disability.”

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