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After a listener to CHOZ-FM in St. John’s, NL expressed concern over the playing of the unedited “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that the unedited song cannot play on the radio.

The song mentions the term “faggot” which takes on a totally different meaning in Canada compared to the UK where the band is from, causing one person to believe that it is discrimination towards homosexuals.

The ruling comes 25 years after the song was released. In a time where political correctness was less involved in society.

A caller to Edmonton’s “Classic Rock K-97” (CIRK-FM) said that in the United Kingdom the word means “dirty little jerk” compared to the “gay slur” in North America.

In order to stand up against this topic. K-97 has posted information on their rebel to the CBSC on theirĀ website.

What about Nickelback’s “Burn it to the Ground” or “Something In Your Mouth”, of course their songs would never be taken off, because then it would be a CanCon issue (30% of all music must be Canadian, for those unaware). I strongly believe that it is not, in any way, offensive, as the British meaning is completely different from the Canadian/US meaning.

CBC has posted an interview with the CBSC’s national chair online.



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