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- Posted on Jan 14th 2011 11:00AM by Jason MacNeil
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"Of course, it's hilarious," Fletcher – using the moniker "Dr Fletch" -- said of the decision, later describing the official ruling as "unbelievable" and "WHAT a waste of paper." Another fan on his message board described it as "political correctness gone mad," which Fletcher replied with "Faggots for brains."
In the CBSC ruling, the song -- played on rock radio and classic rock stations since 1985 -- was deemed to violate the code of ethics due to the word "faggot" heard three separate times. A listener filed a complaint after hearing the unedited, unabridged version on Newfoundland radio station CHOZ-FM last February. The complainant described the song as "extremely offensive" and added that "there is absolutely no valid reason for such discriminatory marks to be played on-air."
The station responded on March 4, arguing that because the song's original version was "regarded by many as an historically successful and essential rock hit in that form with these particular lyrics, management chose in this specific instance to retain the authenticity of the selection."
The complainant responded to the station's letter, stating their dissatisfaction with the response and feeling the unabridged version "is certainly not strong enough to justify playing such words on the radio."
In another reply to a fan's post Fletcher revealed that "[frontman] Mark [Knopfler] tells me that due to the ban, he has now substituted the word faggot for 'fudger'... for Canada." He also described one paragraph in a Toronto newspaper article as being a "complete fabrication." The paragraph in question described how Knopfler continued performing the song in concerts over the years but substituted different words for the word in question.
However, Knopfler has indeed changed the song's lyrics at times in concert. A performance of 'Money for Nothing' from Knebworth in 1990 has him substituting the word in question with "queenie," "mama" and "trucker." Knopfler has made no official comment regarding the Canadian ruling.
According to a report by the Edmonton Sun, one classic rock radio station in Edmonton -- K-97 FM -- has decided to play the unedited version of the song Friday evening repeatedly for one hour to support freedom of speech.