Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” censored in Canada

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Legendary rock band Dire Straits' classic tune about blue-collar resentment, "Money for Nothing," off their 1985 juggernaut Brothers in Arms, has a checkered history. Most people know it as that song featuring the distinctive falsetto of Sting singing "I want my MTV," with the cool guitar riff. But going back a quarter century, the song has offended LGBT people for its use of the word "f—-t," albeit in the second-person guise of a character within the song. In the ahead-of-its-time animated video for the song, the lead singer of Hungarian pop band Elso Emelet and his feathery hair are shown as the word is spoken.

And now the song can no longer be played on radio stations in its original form in Canada, as the Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council has deemed the song offensive. The council ruled that the Grammy-winning song has to be edited or it cannot air. The council explained: "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."