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CRTC wants ‘Money for Nothing’ ban reviewed

Broadcast regulator cites public reaction, uncertainty in the industry


 

The CRTC is stepping into the debate over the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council de-facto ban of the Dire Straits hit ‘Money for Nothing’. Canada’s broadcast regulator says the Standards Council should reconsider its objections to the song and its use of the word “faggot,” citing the “strong public reaction” as well as the “uncertainty” it has created for private radio stations. The Standards Council is an independent body created and run by radio and television broadcasters, however the CRTC says it has received some 250 letters about the ban.

Montreal Gazette


 
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CRTC wants ‘Money for Nothing’ ban reviewed

  1. Raise the standards of free speech high for everyone to see and then defend it. I'm thinking everyone should go talk to some fags and queers on this issue. All the fags, queers, queens and dykes I've hung out with from Southern California to here all have the same attitude. Whatever word you use, do so with respect. Perhaps, pick up a back issue of The Body Politic. I gotta say, I'm not sure how Martin Luther King would react to today's rap music. I lean towards Bill Cosby's take on it.

    I read Tom Sawyer at about the same time most kids did, at ten years old. My parents said there was a bad word in it, don't use it, enjoy the story. I just got off the radio phone with Mark Twain. He was staying at Tesla's house. I told him about the problem with the N word. He spent the first 20 minutes cursing. The substance of it seemed to have to do with critical thinking and not to white wash his work, said it was William Burroughs who was a literary outlaw, not him. I told him critical thinking was banned by the Ontario School Board. John McFetridge won the award for most racial slurs in a recent Canadian novel, by the way – no one said a word about that. Then I hooked up with some chicks and broads over at the greasy spoon and they didn't care for the concept of un-words. They laughed at the idea of ‘money for nothing and chicks for free'. Bunch of other Canucks I met, said they didn't care for Chairmen Mao's idea of political correctness either. “Save the cultural revolution for someone else.” I hung out with the Reds for awhile too, my Injun friends that is on the Rez, not in Peking. Sometimes they call me a white man – I looked in the mirror – couldn't disagree.

    Saturday night, I'm going to get together with some beatnik pals of mine and knock back some Dago red and think about the good old days when straights like Mary Brown censored breasts from Restricted films while working at the Ontario Film Censor Board, so that women wouldn't see breasts in the movies. Flatfoot Jack gave me a wave as he drove by in his Paddy wagon last night. I felt safe. Turns out that the ‘good old days' depends on your ethnic back ground, sex, age and the time of day. A lot of newcomers to Canada come from fascist countries and came here to escape that. A lot of old timers raised their children on what happened in world war two and what to look out for so that nazis don't rise up again. For the nazis, world war two is still on and that's why they control the cocaine supply in South America. Bullets and words are not the same things and one does not lead to the other. You just have to watch a guy shoot a pen out of someone's hand to understand that.

    Using a name and slurring a name are two distinctly separate actions. The historical context and value laden information of a word are wonderful things. I wish the fascists of the banal would stop cutting up the elegance and historicity of the dictionary. Don't be scared of the alphabet – no one needs permission to read.

  2. So wait a second. Now we have the government agency telling the private broadcasters' self regulatory body to go back on one of its decisions? In Stephen Harper's Canada? C'est le monde à l'envers!

  3. So wait a second. Now we have the government agency telling the private broadcasters' self regulatory body to go back on one of its decisions? In Stephen Harper's Canada? C'est le monde à l'envers!

  4. Well said – the fact it is being reviewed gives me hope common sense will prevail. We shall see.

  5. Well said – the fact it is being reviewed gives me hope common sense will prevail. We shall see.

  6. A Billion Bucks lyrics:

    I earned the Getty Oil Company shareholders A Billion Bucks
    On the Reserve acquisition; the way they treat me — it really sucks!
    As the Getty inheritors bask in glee;
    All I asked for was that they look after me.
    A billion dollars they earned on Reserve
    My fee I surely deserve.
    It turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;
    His family even goes back to Germany.
    With Hitler, Goring & Goebbels he did stand;
    While trying to undermine the American land!
    For paintings & artifacts he did receive
    With his oil he was able to deceive?
    Hoover & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew
    That J.P. Getty & espionage he drew!
    Many a young lad and Jew did die
    As planes dropped bombs from the sky.
    For years while Getty sat in Berlin
    He may have committed many a sin.
    The ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose
    While old man Getty sat cozy; he chose.
    With artwork held tightly under his arm
    Still dripping in blood — as the real owner met harm.
    Into the ovens & on meat-hooks, bullets between the eyes
    Listen very carefully you can still hear their cries!
    While the Gettys sit in England; at their estate at Wormsley
    And Gordon sings in San Francisco
    With his 727 in tow.
    The Getty museum sits atop Malibu
    While the corpses of World War 2 scream — J.P. Getty — We know you!
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa

  7. A Billion Bucks lyrics:

    I earned the Getty Oil Company shareholders A Billion Bucks
    On the Reserve acquisition; the way they treat me — it really sucks!
    As the Getty inheritors bask in glee;
    All I asked for was that they look after me.
    A billion dollars they earned on Reserve
    My fee I surely deserve.
    It turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;
    His family even goes back to Germany.
    With Hitler, Goring & Goebbels he did stand;
    While trying to undermine the American land!
    For paintings & artifacts he did receive
    With his oil he was able to deceive?
    Hoover & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew
    That J.P. Getty & espionage he drew!
    Many a young lad and Jew did die
    As planes dropped bombs from the sky.
    For years while Getty sat in Berlin
    He may have committed many a sin.
    The ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose
    While old man Getty sat cozy; he chose.
    With artwork held tightly under his arm
    Still dripping in blood — as the real owner met harm.
    Into the ovens & on meat-hooks, bullets between the eyes
    Listen very carefully you can still hear their cries!
    While the Gettys sit in England; at their estate at Wormsley
    And Gordon sings in San Francisco
    With his 727 in tow.
    The Getty museum sits atop Malibu
    While the corpses of World War 2 scream — J.P. Getty — We know you!
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa

  8. This is going to really confuse all of the commenters who went off half-cocked on this story without reading it carefully and blamed the original ban on the CRTC.

  9. LOL…Me thinks you are on to something LKO….This story has been on board for about seven hours and there is only six commentors…..

  10. LOL…Me thinks you are on to something LKO….This story has been on board for about seven hours and there is only six commentors…..

  11. we shouldn't let knuckleheads tell us what you are allowed to say on the air..if you listen to howard stern he offends everybody yet is the ultimate liberal.. he can do what he wants because he is on satellite radio and not subject to government intervention

  12. we shouldn't let knuckleheads tell us what you are allowed to say on the air..if you listen to howard stern he offends everybody yet is the ultimate liberal.. he can do what he wants because he is on satellite radio and not subject to government intervention

  13. maybe they should ban O CANADA it refers to god and 20% of canadians are athiests according to the last census

  14. maybe they should ban O CANADA it refers to god and 20% of canadians are athiests according to the last census

  15. I was in HMV the other day and decided while there to have a look at the Dire Straits section. As I suspected: sold out!

    Thanks to the CBSC, Mark Knopfler is crying all the way to the bank…

  16. I was in HMV the other day and decided while there to have a look at the Dire Straits section. As I suspected: sold out!

    Thanks to the CBSC, Mark Knopfler is crying all the way to the bank…

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