Saturday, January 15, 2011

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council Chair Ronald Cohen Defends Decision To Ban Radio Play Of Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" Based On Just One Complaint

Popular outrage continues to build after the decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) to ban Canadian radio stations from playing the original version of the Dire Straits 1985 hit "Money For Nothing" over the air. The ruling, issued on Wednesday January 12th, 2011, was in response to a single complaint submitted by a gay listener to St. John’s radio station CHOZ-FM over a broadcast of an unedited version of the song, which mentions the word "faggot" three times. Read the full decision by the CBSC Atlantic Regional Council HERE. Here's a CBC news video embedded below:

Ronald Cohen, the chair of the CBSC, unapologetically defends the decision. He told QMI Agency he sees nothing wrong with the fact one person was able to stop every private radio station across Canada from playing the popular song. Cohen is also unconcerned that the public was shut out from CBSC's deliberations and sees no problems with the fact that neither broadcasters nor Canadians have any avenues to appeal the decision. In fact, Cohen even said an appeal process would be "cumbersome".

When Cohen was asked about rap lyrics, he said the CBSC has been asked to review broadcasts that contained the word "bitch," though never in the context of a song, and found no problem in any of those cases.

But support for the decision is almost non-existent. Dire Straits' keyboardist Guy Fletcher called the ruling "outrageous" and the council's decision "hilarious" for having missed the point of the band's song about homophobia. "WHAT a waste of paper," he wrote of the decision. "Canada will now be forced to ban all Rap music since the 'N' word is uttered in most recordings."

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association's David Eby called the CBSC's decision "very patronizing" and suggested the federal broadcast regulator, the CRTC, should take over its functions to ensure some public oversight. Ironically, the CBSC appears to be a creature of the broadcasters' own making; they became the private broadcasters' self-regulator since 1990, when they decided they didn't want the federal regulator to oversee their content.

Both K97 in Edmonton, AB and Q104 in Halifax, NS protested the decision by playing the original version of the song repeatedly for one hour. Q104 posted additional thoughts HERE. Canadians continue to express their overwhelmingly opposition to the censorship of this song in this Toronto Globe & Mail article.


  1. What a faggat jew.

  2. These God damned fucking Jew cunt motherfuckers.

    This kike needs to be strung up. What a total dog cumshot this living stereotype is.