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Dire Straits’ Guy Fletcher responds to Canadian song admonishment | Ampersand | National Post

In Canada on January 15, 2011 at 09:39

Dire Straits’ Guy Fletcher responds to Canadian song admonishment

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Dire Straits in 1985

  January 14, 2011 – 4:55 pm

A day after the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council ruled the Dire Straits’ 1985 hit Money for Nothing was unfit for radio play due to a gay slur in its lyrics, the band’s keyboardist, Guy Fletcher, posted a message on his website decrying the decision.

Calling the ruling “unbelievable,” Fletcher wrote that Mark Knopfler, the song’s writer, will now substitute the word “fudger” for “faggot” for use on Canadian airwaves. “I reckon Canada could ban about 75% of ALL records ever made,” he wrote later.

The ruling was prompted by a listener objection in St. John’s, N.L., and applies to every Canadian radio station. However, two radio stations in Edmonton and Halifax are protesting the decision, saying they will not comply with the CBSC ruling, the Canadian Press reported. Edmonton’s classic rock station K-97 and Halifax’s Q104, which are both owned by NewCap Radio — are planning to run the unedited song in its entirety for one hour.

“We believe that this decision may trivialize the meaningful work done to further the cause of the LGBT community and could actually work against them by creating a sense of excessive political correctness at the cost of the fundamental freedom of speech,” Q104′s J.C. Douglas said in a statement.

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