Radio Station To Defy Gay Dire Straits Ban
The hit features the word "faggot" three times because writer Mark Knopfler wanted to demonstrate an example of unacceptable behaviour. When a Canadian station broadcast the uncut version in February last year, one person complained about the word in reference to a homosexual – and this week the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council upheld the complaint.
The CBSC is a self-regulating body, which seeks to avoid government intervention by making broadcasters adhere to high standards. Although they can't fully ban a song, their ruling amounts to an effective ban.
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