Petition to Reverse Decision Banning Airplay of 'Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits in Canada sign now

.This report from the Toronto Sun sums up this incident/decision:

“It may be classic rock but the song Money for Nothing by Dire Straits will either have to be edited or not played in its original form after a decision by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

After a complaint from a listener to OZ-FM in Newfoundland who heard the song at 9:15 at night, the CBSC ruled that Money for Nothing, a radio staple since 1985, violates the code of ethics on several fronts due to the use of the word "faggot."

The songs second verse contains the offensive word three times.

"The little faggot with the earring and the makeup"

"Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair"

"That little faggot’s got his own jet airplane"

"That little faggot, he’s a millionaire"

The CBSC, which has essentially banned the full-length version of Money for Nothing, is a self-governing regulatory body for Canada's private broadcasters. Decisions on content by the council are binding on members.

One classic rock station contacted by QMI Agency said that most likely they will stop playing the song now.

There is a shorter version of the song with the offensive words removed but classic rock buffs contacted by QMI Agency said changing the lyrics killed the song.

None of the radio personnel contacted would comment on the record for fear of the impact it could have if they appeared before the council.

Money for Nothing is not the first song the CBSC has censored. The decision on Money for Nothing references an earlier decision on the song Boyz in the Hood by Dynamite Hack, which was deemed to have lyrics which were too violent towards women.

One broadcast executive who asked not to be named said the council's decisions are all over the map, pointing out that similar words have been ruled acceptable in other cases.

Another executive said that while the CBSC comes down hard on what is considered offensive language in songs, similar language can be used in television.

A review of rulings posted on the CBSC website shows that several complaints on language, such as blatant swearing or the use of the name Jesus Christ as an expletive, have been ruled acceptable.

The CBSC rules on both radio and television broadcast complaints.”

Here is the url of the CBSC official decision http://www.cbsc.ca/english/decisions/2011/110112.php

Following is information regarding appeals:

Q. Can I appeal a CBSC decision?

A: No and yes. The CBSC does not have an internal appeals mechanism, which would permit an appeal from the decision of one Panel to, say, another appellate Panel. Consequently, in the event that a complainant is discontent with a CBSC decision, he or she must take the matter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Upon receipt of a request to review a CBSC decision, the Commission undertakes a review "de novo" of the matter, that is to say, they will not confine themselves strictly to standards of appellate review but will rather look at the matter afresh. As part of this review, they will likely ask for further submissions from the "appellant" and the broadcaster in question and they will request that they provide them with our file, including the broadcast tapes, relating to the matter. Any member of the public, even those who have no connection to the initial complaint, can request that the CRTC review a CBSC decision.

Q. Are all decisions of CBSC Panels unanimous?

A. Not all are, although very few are not. More to the point, there is no requirement that they be unanimous. In those very few cases where we were unable to achieve unanimity among all the members of the Panel, which is composed of an equal number of public representatives and representatives from the broadcast industry, the decision text so states and there is then a "dissenting opinion" published along with the decision of the majority. Of the 277 CBSC decisions rendered between April 6, 1991 and February 18, 2003, 274 have been unanimous. No outvoting has been needed. The other three were each 5-1 decisions, and interestingly, one broadcaster, not public, Adjudicator was the sole dissenter in two of the three.

IT IS APPALLING THAT SUCH A DECISION CAN BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF ONE COMPLAINANT. This kind of random censorship is disappointing at best, frightening at worst. Considering the vast amount of offensive material aired in this country on TV and radio every day that people CHOOSE whether they wish to listen to or watch, why has this particular song been singled out for censorship? What's next?

Furthermore, the lyrics were taken out of context - they were being used as an observation of some people's perceptions of "rock stars", and commentary in that era. Although that language is probably not used in that context in present day, it stands as legitimate social commentary of the time. Music is art and it's expression should not be modified or changed to suit non-approving individuals. They are free to change the channel if they are offended by the material.

STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE BEFORE YOU LOSE THAT RIGHT.

THE GOAL IS TO OBTAIN 5000 SIGNATURES ON THIS PETITION AND PRESENT THEM TO THE CBSC TO PERSUADE THEM TO REVERSE THIS DECISION. PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU FEEL WILL SUPPORT THIS CAUSE

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