It only Took a quarter of a century… but the 1980s song “Money for Nothing” by the rock band Dire Straits has been deemed unacceptable for play on Rock 106 and all of Canadian radio.
Wednesday the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled the song “contravenes the human rights clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.”
A listener at a radio station in St. John’s, N.L., complained last year that the song includes the word “faggot” in its lyrics and is discriminatory to gays.
The broadcaster argued that the song had been played countless times since its release decades ago and has won music industry awards.
A CBSC panel concluded that the word “faggot,” even if once acceptable, has evolved to become unacceptable in most circumstances. The panel noted that “Money for Nothing” would be acceptable for broadcast if suitably edited.