Canada bans "Money for Nothing" but still missed a few offensive songs

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Yesterday, the Canadian equivalent of the FCC decided to ban the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" from the radio because of the use of a certain slur. Fair enough, but it seems like they might be a little late to the party, as we're pretty certain Mark Knopfler and Sting really couldn't care less at this point. Even so, there are plenty of other classic, pre-1985 songs that are prime for hitting the chopping block. Click through for some potentially offensive tunes.

10. Vapors - "Turning Japanese"

The band has vehemently denied rumors that this song is about masturbation, but considering how politically correct people are, the implication alone is enough to make this song offensive to anyone who has thought a stalker might be turning Japanese to take a picture of them.

9. The Knack - "My Sharona"

Most people just assume this is a song filled with random gibberish and the call of "My Sharona" here and there, but what they're missing in between the stuttering vocals is the fact this is clearly a song about this dude who really wants to bang this Sharona girl, whether she likes it or not.

8. AC/DC - "The Jack"

It's a hit song about venereal disease. Need we say more?

7. Randy Newman - "Short People"

Short people everywhere should be more up in arms about this one. It's about how short people are all incompetent and have no reason to live because of their little hands and the fact that they lie all the time. Or something. In 1978, a bill was introduced in Maryland to ban the song, but it never passed. Maybe a vertically challenged Canadian should give it a try.

6. Chuck Berry - "My Ding-a-Ling"

Despite the fact that Berry claims this song is about some bells on a string, we're pretty damn certain this song is about, um, a ding-a-ling. That is to say, his penis, in case you missed it.

5. The Rolling Stones - "Brown Sugar"

Just so we're all on the same page here: This song appears to be about raping slaves.


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Sedate Me
Sedate Me

This article is incorrect. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is not the Canadian equivalent of America's FCC. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission is Canada's version of the FCC.

The CBSC is a part of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. The CAB is a prominent grouping of privately owned media outlets. It is not affiliated with the government, although it likes to act like it is.

This is a group of private broadcasters telling private broadcasters what words they can't air as members. The government had nothing to do with this ruling. In fact, the CRTC has told them they should "re-consider" their decision.

That's Mr. F*ggot to you.
That's Mr. F*ggot to you.

Two things about this irritate me - first, the song's been played for over 20 years and nobody seemed to care and second, the word wasn't used in any kind of threatening way. In "Holiday" by Green Day, for example, there's a line - "Kill all the fags that don't agree" which on first blush appears to be suggesting violence against gay folks, but in its correct context is actually saying something quite different. I'm gay, and I'm embarrassed by this - I always thought Canada was more progressive than that, but we're looking more and more like PC bullies.

Beavis
Beavis

I strongly support banning these "offensive" songs. Not because of specific words, but on the grounds that they're geezer Baby Boomer tunes, and need to be thrown on the ash-heap of taste.

dchris24
dchris24

Fucking stupid ass PC libs. And to think....that describes most musicians and "artists". A little too ironic....Don't ya think? Tipper Gore, anyone?

Capitalist Lion Tamer
Capitalist Lion Tamer

I suppose it's time to say goodbye to Lou Reed and his "colored girls" going doo-de-doo-de-doo-doo-doo-doo as well. Or does the positive portrayal of a transsexual save it from the censored list?

David
David

You forgot to mention Big Balls by AC/DC. Sure, if you listen closely enough, you'll probably thinks it's about parties, but the inference to anatomy is there all the same.

jason
jason

Quite frankly, we in the gay community are getting fed up with a lot of things. We intend to change society because we can see how it has developed under liberalism. Under liberalism, for instance, you have a bisexual double standard in which female bisexuality is glamorized by the mainstream media whereas male bisexuality is ignored or demonized. We're sick of the double standard.

Message to sleazy straight guys and their female enablers: we are furious and won't stop.

jason
jason

The "f" word to describe gay men is highly offensive to gay people. It's associated with violence and bashings. I am appalled that Dire Straits and Sting sung this song.

We gays are getting sick and tired of breeders and their homophobic attitudes to men. These breeders always seem to be more homophobic towards gay men than lesbians, don't they?

Sheldon Ens
Sheldon Ens

No worries Mr. Wolfe, we're working on it...TORONTO — Classic rock fans and radio stations across Canada have decided that a ruling against Dire Straits' 1985 hit "Money For Nothing" simply ain't workin'.Days after the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled the song unfit for radio because of a gay slur in its lyrics, radio stations in Halifax and Edmonton planned to rebel by playing an unedited version of the song on repeat for a full hour.Copyright © 2011 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

Fazle
Fazle

Wonder if the author of this has written a song about having a sandy vagina?

Grant Wolfe
Grant Wolfe

As a music lover, I am literally appalled by the mind set of those who deem themselves intelligent enough to choose what or who we should listen to. First of all, it is my choice, not yours. If someone does not like what they are listening to or watching, they have the choice of tuning out. We possess this wonderful mass of cells called a brain that allows us to make decisions on our own. The decision to ban this classic smacks of communism. What's the matter Ivan? Not getting enough attention these days? Or perhaps you weren't breast fed as an infant. There is a song out there with the lyrics, "Put the barrel in your mouth and do it do it do." My I suggest you adhere to those words.Speak up Canada. If they ban this song, what's to stop them from banning dozens of other loved classics.

Scott
Scott

How is that any worse than Bob Dylan dropping the n-bomb in Hurricane? First person characters are pretty common in songwriting. Most people who involve themselves with music (or literature, the arts in general?) know that. For instance, Elton John played this song, "f----t" and all, with Knopfler shortly after it was written.

dchris24
dchris24

Canada is "progressive"....which is why this is occurring. Political correctness is a direct result of progressivism.

Missteerious
Missteerious

I assume you're trying to be ironic? Breeders? Last time I checked, gays and lesbians can still actually breed too...

Capitalist Lion Tamer
Capitalist Lion Tamer

So "faggot," even when used in the context that jmsmusic explained is no good, but it's ok to refer to straight people as "breeders" and compare their sexual habits to that of say, a stud farm?

Maybe if you didn't spend so much time being offended by every little thing and getting "fed up" with, of all things, "liberalism," you might find that there are plenty of non-LGBT people who are NOT homophobes.

If you're sick of demeaning language and stereotypes, perhaps stop trotting out so many of your own.

Sincerely,

A "Sleazy" Straight Guy

Jmsmusic
Jmsmusic

I think you have missed the point that the line in the song is "spoken" by a homophobic character who is addressing the image of a glam band on television with disgust. The song writer is not condoning homophobic comments in the least, actually quite the opposite. If we remove context and the ability to have the bad guy say something offensive in a story, we start down a very frightening path in not only music, but literature, theatre and film. By your logic, Edward Norton must be a racist for saying the n word in American History X. Context and an understanding of who is speaking the word in a story is extremely important and I don't think you have thought this through whatsoever.

Sedate Me
Sedate Me

No communists involved in this decision. Ardent capitalists are responsible for this one.

The panel that came up with the decision is put together by an association of privately owned media companies. This is censorship created by private, for-profit, companies. In fact, members include some of the biggest, richest and most powerful companies in the nation.

Sedate Me
Sedate Me

You are a retard. Oh, is that term "Politically Incorrect"?

Political Correctness is politically non-denominational. Ever hear of "downsizing", "rightsizing", or one I'm sure you're familiar with, "mentally challenged"?

It's more like a fashion trend than anything else. Like fashion, it is about making a population conform to whatever the current (largely randomly selected) standard of desirability is. As we've seen with Money For Nothing, what is "Politically Correct" today can quickly change, no matter how illogical the change itself is.

Now, watch as this Canadian progressive calls you a worthless, knob gobbling, faggot who can't keep his ass off his neighbour's dick.

Sedate Me
Sedate Me

I've seen your record collection CLT. Not exactly the stuff I'd expect a "sleazy straight guy" to own. ;)

Sedate Me
Sedate Me

That's right, Team America, Blame Canada and completely miss the entire premise of the South Park movie. Parents unable to tolerate Canadians Terrance & Phillip's bawdy act seek to censor them instead of taking responsibility for protecting their kids' "fragile little minds" by preventing their kids from watching while allowing adults to see it uncensored. This irrational desire to scapegoat others escalates until it triggers a war between Canada and America. Ironic - eh?

We must blame them and cause a fussBefore somebody thinks of blaming us!

Chris, the only fucking idiot here is you. This Canadian progressive couldn't give a flying fuck if every billboard in town had the words "nigger" and "faggot" on it. That alone turns your "direct result of progressivism" into the Blame Canada moment it always was. (By the way, Nigger & Faggot is the name of a hot new Canadian rap duo.)

I'm sure you couldn't even spot Canada on a map of Canada, so let me enlighten you a bit. Canada has slowly but surely moved towards the political Right since Dire Straits recorded this song. But if the Right is in ascendancy, why is "faggot" getting censored now and not 26 years ago when leftist thinking was more dominant? Because it ain't nearly as simple and limited as you are, Chris.

Censorship is not a left-right thing. People censor what makes them uncomfortable under the mistaken idea eliminating a word/idea/image from the media eliminates it from existence. More accurately, like the South Park parents, they won't have to deal with it anymore. Yes, people of certain political stripes have their favourite words to censor. "Faggot" is probably one of the Left's, but some Righties would mind if the word disappeared too, if only because it's a political liability. However, you're stupider than Forrest Gump if you think censorship is purely a progressive thing.

What about words like "shit", "fuck" and even "ass"? Why do they get bleeped on TV in America, the nation that thinks it invented Free Speech, when many channels in leftist Canada don't bother? Not only can you say "tits" on Canadian TV, you can see them on basic cable. Could it be that these words are the victims of American Right Wing Political Correctness? Maybe pro-family conservatives don't want their "precious" children to hear them. Their kids might start pulling each other's fingers and die lighting their farts. And what about "God damn"? I don't recall the last time I heard that go by uncensored in America. What atheistic leftist is responsible for that?

A segment of every political stripe likes to censor what offends them and a segment of every political stripe hates them for it. The government and especially the media usually buckle because THEY are the spineless ones afraid of offending anyone because it might hurt their bottom line. The real bottom line is that censorship is as moronic, reactionary and as scapegoating as you are. So keep blaming Canadian progressives for your problems, faggot. I'm sure it will make you feel better about yourself the next time you preform a rim-job.

dchris24
dchris24

Fucking idiot. Political correctness is a direct result of your fucking idiotic progressivism, in which we can't "offend anyone".....the group du jour now being homosexuals, which is the darling love child of idiotic leftists like yourself. It's just you're too stupid to see it. No matter, it's just another in a long line of comical idiocies in Canada and by progressive asshats like yourself. South Park had it right....go get fucked, douchebag.

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