The Stalinist speech censors in Canada strike again.
It may be a classic rock song but 26 years after it was first released Dire Straits hit Money For Nothing has been banned from radio.
The song was ruled too offensive for the airwaves in Canada because it contains the word ‘f****t’ and can now no longer be played in its original form.
Any station that wants to play the song will have to edit it or disguise the word, according to a ruling by the Canadian Broadcasts Standards Council.
The decision came after a listener complained that the broadcast of unedited version of the song – which mentions the word three times – was ‘extremely offensive’ to gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
One person complains and they spring into action. Pathetic.
The songs second verse contains the offensive word three times.
It says: ‘The little ‘f****t’ with the earring and the makeup. Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair’
‘That little ‘f****t’s’ got his own jet airplane. That little ‘f****t’ he’s a millionaire’.
The entire verse is edited out of some versions of the song, or the word is simply replaced.
The council concluded that ‘f****t’. when used to describe a homosexual man, is a word ‘that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so.’
‘The societal values at issue a quarter century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985.’