Dire Straits Gay Ban May Be Reviewed

01/24/2011
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(hennemusic) Feathers have been ruffled, fans of both music and free speech are upset, politicians are pointing fingers, and Dire Straits must be wondering why a 25+ year-old song is causing a ruckus in Canada.

A listener of OZ-FM in Newfoundland wrote a complaint to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC), the self-regulatory body set up by Canada's private broadcasters; the Council ruled the song - a radio staple since 1985 - violated the code of ethics on several fronts due to the use of the word "faggot."

Now, the fallout and reaction, from all sides, has been enough to cause such confusion at the government level that Canada's broadcast regulators, The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today wrote to the CBSC asking it to review its determination that the unedited version of the song was inappropriate for Canadian radio. more on this story

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