Six In The Morning: Stupidness, More Stupidness, Boo CBSC

1 LOCK ‘EM UP AND TO HELL WITH THEM The government’s brainless “tough on crime” jail-building nonsense doesn’t do enough to rehabilitate criminals. Since they eventually leave jail, one might think rehabilitation would be a good idea that would make us all safer. appalling!

2 DON’T LOOK HERE FOR SYMPATHY A dedicated, long-time Saskatoon environmental activist has been found guilty of not filling out the long-form census. I agree with Sandra Finley that it’s absolutely disgusting that our census collection was privatized and the gig given to Lockheed Martin — it’s just fucking sick. The Canadian arms of U.S. defence contractors shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near specific Canadians’ personal information. But to attempt to sabotage the census by refusing to fill out the long form — which is needed by businesses, academics and public policy people to plan for the future — not okay. We’re not just a collection of individuals, we’re a society and we’re all in this together. And we all have a right to a general understanding of what we look like as a society. Finlay’s personal discomfort and misplaced integrity is not bigger than all of us.

3 SPEAKING OF PRIVATIZATION AFFECTING NATIONAL SECURITY The Union Of National Defence Employees says there’s no room for privately-contracted security guards and tech support workers in the Communications Security Establishment Canada, a secretive surveillance agency.

4 STALKER ARRESTED The disturbed individual convicted of stalking a Regina woman for three decades – -this is the guy who was banished from the city — is in custody after violating the terms of his bail. He didn’t tell the police he’d changed his address.


6 BITE IT, CRTCCBSC Two Canadian radio stations will play the uncensored version of Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” on repeat for an hour to protest the CRTC’sCanadian Broadcast Standards Council’s inane decision to censor the full version of the song. Three points: 1.) there are elements of an attention-grabbing stunt in this protest, and it’s maybe a little tasteless and self-serving. But then again, I fucking hate this mindless censorship so I support it. 2.) I don’t have a problem with there being a censored version of this song. When the song was new, it was the censored version that usually got played on radio and on TV shows like Video Hits (yes, I’m damned old). Since that’s been common practice, why make a fuss when some stations occasionally play the full version? 3.) One line in the song is… “Money for nothing and the chicks for free”. I didn’t realize gay men liked sleeping with women. Oh wait–maybe this word, which, yes, is a hateful slur against gays, isn’t about gays in this context? The lyrics aren’t “Money for nothing and I hate faggots”. The song is about a blue-collar schlub who uses bigoted language in an arguably kind of funny, ranty way. The CRTCCBSC clearly does not understand the content of the song. They heard one bad word and flipped. Fucking idiots.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

7 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Stupidness, More Stupidness, Boo CBSC”

  1. Just to clarify things, it wasn’t the CRTC that made the decision on “Money for Nothing”, it was the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

    “The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is an independent, non-governmental organization created by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) to administer standards established by its members, Canada’s private broadcasters. The Council’s membership includes more than 730 private sector radio and television stations, specialty services and networks from across Canada, programming in English, French and third languages. “

  2. Whoops–that’s what I get for rushing and doing too many things at once. Shall correct it immediately. Thanks!

  3. It’s overly sensitive people like the CBSC that also ban/edit Mark Twain in schools because of the N word. There is a MAJOR difference between using a derogatory word as social commentary and using it because an individual is a bigot. I highly doubt Mark Knopfler is a homophobe. He’s not exactly Axl Rose or Sebastian Bach.

  4. I love “Money for Nothing” more than anyone else on planet Earth (hyperbole), but I think the CBSC made the right call. Knowing just a tiny little bit about how they work, I bet this decision arose from a listener complaint. I doubt that CBSC spends time actively looking for 25-yr-old songs to banish from the airwaves. In the bigger picture, this decision takes “faggot” out of the mouths of morning radio jerks trying to get cheap laffs. If that means I have to hear a censored version of “Money For Nothing” (Knopfler himself apparently has been singing an amended version in concert performance for several years), that’s worth it. Now, if we could something about Sting’s vocal parts.

  5. In the song Knopfler is satirizing the stereotypical blue collar attitude towards the arts and creativity in general in our society. Typically, the time, effort and training/education that artists invest in developing their talent and doing their work isn’t accorded much value. Instead, artists are often regarded as social parasites who don’t contribute anything worthwhile to society.

  6. Emmet, if radio DJs want to make jokes about “faggots” then they will find lots of excuses to do so without a Dire Straits tune. I do agree about removing Sting’s vocals though. :-)

    Isn’t it a little amusing that this “homophobic” song is from a band called Dire STRAITS. hehehe. (It’s Friday and I’m bored.)

  7. I hope the CBSC doesn’t do the same thing to The Pogues’ version of Fairy Tale of New York, or my Christmas spirit will pretty much evaporate.

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