We discussed the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's decree that the nation's broadcasters should no longer play the uncut version of Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" because one listener complained about the use of the word "faggot" in the lyrics.
Writing that first article and the discussion I had with friends after publishing it taught me many things, among them that Rolling Stone shouldn't be trusted to get a story right and I really don't know shit about Canadian governance. Shocking, I know.
It's acceptable to demean one another because of our differences but this ruling is absurd. I know it. You know it. A Canadian comrade on Twitter and our own Jordan Richardson told me it has gone up the ass sideways of many Canadians who find this silly and they are not alone.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the nation's broadcast regulators, are asking the CBSC to reconsider in part because they've received hundreds of complaints (as opposed to, say, one).
It's good to remind ourselves there are teachable moments even in the silliest of situations. I'm not suggesting our neighbors to the north blindly roll with the majority just because opinion is running unofficially 250:1 in favor of allowing radio stations to play any version of "Money For Nothing" they please. It's that kind of thinking that likely played a role in the CBSC's recommendation the song be punted. It's easy for majorities to overlook the feelings of minorities. We should be conscious of that.
We should also be adult enough to use reason and context to guide our judgments. This song didn't contribute to homophobia at the time of its release and it's not doing that now. It's not even a very good song (although I like Dire Straits and love Mark Knopfler as a songwriter and guitarist). Mashed potatoes doesn't mean gravy, kids. Life is too short to waste time finding problems where they don't exist.