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Is Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing' homophobic?

Discussion in 'Entertainment and off-topic discussions' started by Anxiety69, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Anxiety69

    Anxiety69Experienced Member Experienced member Forum Member


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    British rockers Dire Straits are not among rock’s natural controversy magnets. But a brouhaha has erupted in the past few days over their 1985 track “Money For Nothing,” which private broadcasters in Canada are no longer allowed to play because it features the word “faggot.”

    Last Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled that “Money for Nothing” is “extremely offensive” and inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it contains repeated use of the anti-gay slur. CBSC chairman Ron Cohen told the Washington Times the decision effectively sets a “nationwide” precedent binding on all private license holders for TV, cable-TV and radio broadcasting. The CBSC is an independent, non-governmental organization which administers standards established by private broadcasters.

    Yesterday, Dire Straits keyboard player Guy Fletcher responded to the controversy on his website. “MFN does not ‘celebrate’ a slur,” he wrote. “In it, Mark uses real everyday U.S. street language to describe how a numbskull worker in a hardware department in a television/custom kitchen/refrigerator/microwave appliance store, feels about a video being shown in the store.” The Consumers’ Association of Canada has also urged federal broadcast regulator the Canadian Radiotelevision Telecommunication Commission to review the decision.
     

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    censorship is bad :ecouteurs:
     
  3. KAAOS-82

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    LOL its Dire Straits best song, ts clearly taking the piss out of eccentric middle class men.
     
  4. Mike Generic

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    It's kind of like how they're taking the word "nigger" out of Huckelberry Finn and replacing it with the word "slave". To me, that seems like history revisionism, sugar-coating that point in history.
     
  5. Anxiety69

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    good point, i hate history whitewash, i think it is important to remember the past so we don't make the same mistakes, however, i can understand people not wanting to support a band because of use of homophobic words, just as people have a right to not support Huck fin for use of racist words. But censoring them outright to me is not the way.
     
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    Actually, "Boom, Like That" is a better song, since it's about the international fast food industry, (McD's Etc) but, technically, that's a Mark Knopfler solo song, and not a proper Dire Straits' song.

    Personally I like Weird Al Yanchovic's version of The Beverly Hillbillies' theme played to the tune of Money for Nothing. (Featured in the dream sequence of the film UHF)
     
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    This was the point I was originally going to make.
     

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