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Nanny state and Mark Knopfler

This is the type of thing that gives me fits!

Money for Nothing has been BANNED. Yes, BANNED from Canadian airwaves!

Holy Nanny-state-orino!

I don’t think I have ever used the “f” word in a negative context (it is, of course, used correctly to describe a bundle of sticks) but I do not know a gay or lesbian who are in any way offended by the word used in the context of the song. Mark Knopfler used the song to poke fun at those who despise the music industry – NOT to insult gays and lesbians! The song is a parody of prejudiced people who talk about the rock scene and the rock idols making money while they are stuck in a job they don’t like.

Let’s see – how many words can we come up with to describe this?

  • Nanny statism
  • Censorship
  • Revisionist history
  • Thought police
  • Orwellian
  • Hyper-Political correctness

Any other suggestions?

And man, are those on the right side of the spectrum going to have a field day with this!!!!

Oh, and while we’re at it, I guess 90% of hip hop songs should be banned immediately, right?

And what about stuff like this:

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

Guns of Brixton, The Clash

wanna be anarchy
and I wanna be anarchy
Know what I mean
And I wanna be anarchist!

The Sex Pistols, Anarchy in the U.K.

Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s serious
Girlfriend in a coma, I know
I know – it’s really serious

There were times when I could
Have “murdered” her
(But you know, I would hate
Anything to happen to her)

The Smiths

What’s the principal doin’ with her who’s that girl
Is she screwing with her
What’s her perfume: tigress by fabergé
She makes me cream my jeans
When she’s coming my way

Rough Trade, High School Confidential


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  1. Owen Hughes says:

    I came, I saw, I trashed

  2. Banning words doesn’t make attitudes go away. The sooner people learn that, the better off we’ll all be.

    More to the point, however, anyone who values the notion of free speech should realize that offensive speech is the kind that most needs the protection of freedom of speech. Inoffensive speech is seldom in danger.

    To put it plainly, the appropriate response to some kinds of complaints that people make should be “here is a nice hot cup of go fuck yourself”

  3. Hazel says:

    As per usual, taken out of context. Like the Mark Twain thing, people can’t see past the word. And, as you say, there’s way more instances of Hos being bitch-slapped (that’s hard to pluralize without look funny)in rap. Right on John

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