Council rules on ‘Money for Nothing’ slur

Nick Patch
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Guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, plays during Live Aid concert for famine relief at Wembley Stadium July 13,1985. — File Photo

TORONTO — The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says a homosexual slur in the Dire Straits hit “Money for Nothing” is inappropriate but has to be taken in context and suggests individual radio stations choose whether the song is acceptable.

The CRTC had asked for a review of the council’s January ban on the song, which created a public backlash.

The outcry occurred after the council ruled the 1985 song was unfit for radio because its lyrics include an anti-gay slur.

Today, the council released its review and said the original decision was correct in deeming the song inappropriate.

But it added that the context of the tune must be taken into consideration.

The majority of the council’s panel felt the song used the word satirically and not in a hateful manner.

It noted alternative versions of the song are available and suggested broadcasters choose which to play based on the sensitivity of listeners.

Organizations: Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, CRTC

Geographic location: TORONTO

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  • jack
    September 01, 2011 - 07:57

    the standards Concil ruling was the result of a collective effort by citizens whose opinions were valid and criticisms of the ban were well constructed. An example of how democracy should work. the Vox populi got it right.

  • Kent
    August 31, 2011 - 14:29

    There are lots of examples of this in culture, art and literature ... the rapper Emem (spelling?), Tom Sawyer novel by Mark Twain, histoircal movies such as Schlinder's List.. Are we going to re-write all art and history for the sake of political correctness?