Friday, January 14, 2011

Political Correctness Run Amok: Canada Outlaws Radio Broadcasts Of Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" Because Of The Use Of The Word "Faggot"

Update January 15th: CBSC Chair Ron Cohen defends the censorship decision; updated post HERE.

Political correctness is running amok in Canada. The National Post reports that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has ruled that "Money For Nothing", a 1985 classic-rock radio staple by Dire Straits, is too offensive for Canadian broadcasts because of its use of the word “faggot”. The ruling, released on Wednesday January 12th, 2011, was in response to a complaint submitted to St. John’s radio station CHOZ-FM over a February 1st, 2010 airing of an unedited version of the song, which mentions the word three times. The complainant wrote that the song’s lyrics were “extremely offensive” to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

-- Read the full decision by the CBSC Atlantic Regional Council HERE.

The offending verses begin around the 1:55 minute mark of the video embedded below:

See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
Yeah buddy that's his own hair
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he's a millionaire

The council’s Atlantic regional panel weighed the song’s legitimate artistic usage against the Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Code of Ethics, which in part states: ...“broadcasters shall ensure that their programming contains no abusive or unduly discriminatory material or comment which is based on matters of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or physical or mental disability.” The council concluded that “faggot,” when used to describe a homosexual man, is a word that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so. They wrote “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.” The council does not maintain a list of "banned" songs; they're strictly reactive, responding only when a complaint is lodged.

CTV Montreal published some reaction. Helen Kennedy, executive director of the pro-LGBT Egale Canada organization, supported the decision. "I think it's extremely important to take these words out of lyrics in popular culture...It perpetuates the stereotype, it's negative and it's offensive. If you look to the origin of the word, it's disgusting." In contrast, classic rock radio station K97 in Edmonton, AB planned to play the nonstop and unedited version for an hour on Friday January 14th in protest of the decision. Having been targeted with censorship itself, K-97 is well aware of the dangers of censorship and the effect it has on Canadian free speech. Although K-97 has had many censorship attempts, through it all the microphones are turned on everyday giving the announcers the freedom to say whatever is on their mind.

But how do ordinary rank-and-file Canadians feel about it? A snapshot of opinion is reflected in an unscientific poll conducted by the CBC. As follows:

Question: Should songs deemed explicit be banned from public broadcast? What do you think about Money for Nothing being deemed unacceptable for play on Canadian radio?

-- Yes: 3.66 percent (210 votes)
-- No: 95.06 percent (5,447 votes)
-- Undecided: 1.27 percent (73 votes)

It appears that rank-and-file Canadians, even though they don't quite view free speech as being as sacrosanct as us Yanks, think that this is too much censorship. This is further reflected in public comments to the CBC story. But rank-and-file Canadians may have contributed towards this type of censorship. Most Canadians took no stand when prominent Canadian free speech activists such as Paul Fromm, Tomasz Winnicki, Terry Tremaine, Marc Lemire, and Bill Noble felt the lash and the sting of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, which hailed them before its tribunals for "offensive" speech and levied fines and prison terms. Canadian "civil rights" lawyer Richard Warman has been allowed to file serial complaints against Canadian free speech activists. Two Canadian laws drive this persecution: Section 319 of the Criminal Code and Section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, the infamous Internet censorship law.

Perhaps now Canadians will realize they need to start defending free speech more vigorously if they are to keep that which they still have. In particular, the infamous Section 13 must go.


  1. Folks, we can do almost anything and stop practically everything, if -- as in the Wizard of OZ -- we only had some balls. That's were the men come in. If we think it's good to elect men without testicles, such as the Hillary, Madelaine, Adrianna and Janet types, then we fully deserve whatever happens to us.

    It's estimated that 76 percent of American males are psychologically castrated. The Bobbit treatment just isn't necessary.

  2. All faggots should be required to take a penis enlarging hormone. In that way, they could bugger themselves thus reducing anxiety and eliminate their predatory, and disease spreading, behavior.

  3. What's the difference between bestiality and inter-racial sex?
    In inter-racial sex, both parties can collect welfare.

  4. America is not a melting pot. It is a chamber pot where the predominant colors are brown, black and yellow.

  5. Q: When is it ok to threaten someone who has done no harm, drag them from their car, use physical force against them, kidnap them and hold them against their will for a few hours without any recriminations or comeback?

    A: When you are wearing a Police uniform.


    We are living in a true state of chaos under an insane system that promises protection and freedom for all but actually only offers protection for corporations and the Establishment while the rest of us survive a dog-eat-dog system where the weakest ones are hunted down by the predators of the Establishment and picked off one by one and those orchestrating and carrying out the harm are allowed to pass the buck. We are commercial chattel (slaves) bound by statutes to put our energy into the dead corpses of Government, Law, corporations, etc, that take us away from our families, friends, gardens and communities and everything that is living.

    The artificial "persons" that are the corporations of the Government, law, private corporations, Police services, State and Federal departments, etc have been given legal rights as "persons" placing them above real living men, women and children and we are taught through our brainwashing education system to act out roles in the fairytale that is the dead corpse Western World Civilisation of Commerce to support and maintain the system that is destroying both us and the natural world that sustains us. These artificial "persons" are the props that form the infrastructure of the fairytale. To stay in the fairytale, we have to pay our dues to the copyright holder of the fairytale in the form of royalties, interest, taxes, registrations, fees, licences, certificates, passports, tolls, permits, titles, etc, in order to be able to use the intellectual proprietary knowledge and props of the copyright holder.


  7. It is all about commerce with money being the life blood of the deathstyle system and we are renters of the copyright knowledge because we have been taught to believe that this knowledge is real and necessary for us to live. We have to abide by the rules, regulations, rituals, procedures and conditions of the copyright holder just as we would have to abide by the rules, regulations and rituals of the copyright holder of Harry Potter if we wanted to use/market/distribute/advertise anything of that copyright knowledge. If you break the conditions, there are penalties enforced by agents of the copyright holder. Everything to do with the Western World Civilisation Of Commerce is about paying for the use of the copyright, making us slaves in the guise of renters/serfs/commoners/goi/goy to the copyright holder and its "official" authorised representatives and agents.

    It is all about the harm we are doing on a daily basis just by the way we live and how we can stop that harm. If the systems we live under, the houses we live in, the way we get around and the way we behave towards one another cause harm, they are not worth the (any) benefits they appear to provide. We put so much effort, so much time, into supporting and protecting a system that that does not protect or support us but lets us lose our homes, our livelihoods and tears apart our families and communities. Our Western World systems of commerce, law, banking, corporations, media, religions etc, are all about harm. How sick are we to keep propping up that which destroys us?

  8. Our leaders love to tell us how lucky we are in the Western World because we are FREE, but are we free or are we just compliant? If freedom is being able to do what you want, when you want, taking responsibility to do no harm to others and the earth, does that sound like the lives we live? Are you free to spend your days however you please? Are you free to spend the day in the garden with your children growing food for the family? Are you free to raise your children however you choose with no interference from third parties? Are you free to even own a dog without interference from third parties that demand you microchip and register your dog? Are you free to do whatever you like on "your" land? Are you free to choose whether to obey all the rules and regulations of the system you live under?#3

  9. We are given the illusion of freedom and choice because we have choices within the system in that we are allowed to choose where to live, what job to take etc but we do NOT have the freedom to choose whether we want to live under this system or not. If you doubt this, try telling the powers that be that you no longer wish to pay their illegal taxes, you no longer wish to follow their endless rules and regulations and that you do not accept their authority over you. See how long it is before the heavies start turning up on your doorstep, making your life very uncomfortable indeed. The arrogance of the "authorities" is such that they treat us with scorn and derision, flaunting the contradictions of the system in front of us as they brutally force us to comply. For example, a legal maxim is a truth that has been proven in court so often that it no longer needs to be proven. One such legal maxim is "All men are equal"; they admit this but you try walking into court and saying, "Your honour, as one equal man to another, I choose not to accept your authority over me and I do not consent to any decision you make regarding my life." Does anyone think they would let you walk out without a reprisal?

    We are not free; we comply with the system in order not to be harassed by the representatives of the system. We have documented incontrovertible evidence of this fact. #4

  10. The system of the "free" Western World Civilisation of Commerce is creeping insidiously into every nook and cranny of the Earth, its dark realities disguised by media spin and material goods. Countries where Establishment engineered fighting and de-stabilisation have caused chaos and genocide are "saved" by Establishment "peace keeping" forces until "Democracy" can be established, often with Establishment religious bodies raising lots of money for rebuilding, etc. This all seems very rosy until you realise that with the "democracy" come all the rules, regulations, rituals, conditions, commercialism, materialism and dog-eat-dog amorality of the Western World Civilisation of Commerce. The chains of compliance come wrapped in shiny packaging. #5

  11. I am 66 years old and I just want my Christmas back the way it was. Carols playing in the malls, Christmas concerts, Nativity scenes, people smiling at each other and not so much commercialism. Our country is turning into a generic, uninteresting piece of nothing. When our 'melting pot' has finally developed into nothing more than flavourless stew, I am so glad that I will probably no longer be around to endure the dullness of the entire country. I feel so sorry for my grandchildren that they will never know what Christmas could really be like.

  12. I just read this article that was written over a year ago. I just happen to be the individual that Mark Knopfler got the song "Money for Nothing" from. No one has ever cared enough to find out if I actually am the person that wrote this song for Dire Straits. That is politically incorrect behavior.

    There are only two people I refer too using the word faggot. The first one is that gender bender Boy George. The second reference is about Prince, who has all so made a lot of (money for nothing) off of my life.