South Stormont ON – Deputy Mayor Tammy A Hart of South Stormont Ontario sent us a letter to the editor regarding the song “Money for Nothing” by Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits.
The song is being banned of late for the term “Faggot” which I believe was his protest over Boy George’s popularity at the time…or was it George Michael while he was with Wham? I guess that if Mark Twain can be santized for public consumption rock music can be too.
Now Mr. Knopfler is sensitive and generally uses the term “Queenie” now in most later live performances. You also have to remember the context of the original song which came as MTV crested our horizons and helped destroy real music as Gimmicky lip synching Milli Vanilli type music folded into Madonna and eventually Britney Spears.
But I’m a fan of George Carlin and Lenny Bruce. I do believe in Free Speech even when it’s not popular. I understand the caustic nature of the term as well. I am hoping that this letter can create some very civil dialog about Free Speech. I’m am hoping that our amazing viewers and posters here at The Cornwall Free News can do this debate justice.
Not sure what her appeal to our MP will do as he seems more like a Lawrence Welk kinda guy….
Ms Hart will be guest hosting our Political Round Table Tuesday morning as well on Seawayradio.com along with Joe Gunn as Denis Sabourin is off to the South for a few well deserved weeks of holiday.
Here is Ms. Hart’s letter.
ATTENTION: MP Guy Lauzon.
I need you to stand up for democracy in Canada. I want our Freedom of Rights restored and I want Dire Straits “Money for Nothing” PUT BACK ON THE RADIO.
This song is a classic, it’s been around since the 80’s, its got a great beat and because of ONE complaint in reference to “gays” the CRTC/CBSC decided to ban this song in Canada.
What nonsense! If they really want to do justice to society ban Rap music we’ll ALL be better off. Where is this country headed?
Tammy A. Hart
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