Canada: Ban lifted on Dire Straits’ song ‘Money For Nothing’



Ban lifted on Dire Straits’ song ‘Money For Nothing’

‘Money for Nothing’ was pronounced unfit for Canadian ears in January 2011 after a listener’s complaint about the word faggot in the lyrics. The ban on the song has now been lifted and Canadian radio stations can resume playing the song, reported BBC News on 1 September 2011.

The lyrics of ‘Money for Nothing’ were deemed to be in a breach of a human rights clause in Canada’s broadcasting code. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has overturned the ruling, saying the word was used satirically.

The council ruled that “the story told in this song, developed at some length over more than eight minutes, provides sufficient plot development, story line and context to justify” the lyrics. “The composer’s language appears not to have had an iota of malevolent or insulting intention.”.

The body upheld the section of the previous ruling stating the offensive word was inappropriate for broadcast under normal circumstances.


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BBC News – 1 September 2011:

‘Canada lifts radio ban on Dire Straits song’

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council – 31 August 2011:

‘The Decision of the Atlantic Regional Panel re the Song “Money for Nothing”‘

The Globe and Mail – 14 January 2011:

‘Talk about money for nothing’

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