It was No. 1 in 1985, but it's unacceptable for Canadian eyes and ears today.Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/13/dire-straits-song-banned-canada-anti-gay-slur/
The Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" was ruled by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to be "extremely offensive" and thus inappropriate for airing on radio or television because it uses an anti-gay slur.
The decision against St. John's radio station CHOZ-FM in Newfoundland was released Wednesday. In it, the panel ruled that the word "faggot" "contravened the Human Rights Clauses" and its ethics code and is "no longer" permitted "even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days."
Ron Cohen, the CBSC's national chairman, told The Washington Times on Thursday that the decision effectively sets a "nationwide" precedent binding on all private license holders for TV, cable-TV and radio broadcasting. It does not cover the state-run Canadian Broadcasting Corp. or "community and university" stations.
The song features the singer/bass player from the Police, Sting, on vocals, parodying the Police's hit "Don't Stand So Close to Me" in the intro as Sting sings the lines "I want my/I want my/I want my MTV." Incidentally, the animated music video for the song (which Mark Knopfler was against) was a huge hit on MTV and the first video to be aired on MTV Europe.
The song reached number one in the Billboard charts at the time of its release, with the single version of the song being edited down from its original 8-minute length, cutting out Sting's intro and the verse with the word "faggot."
Mark Knopfler on his use of the word: