CW: homophobic slur
This month, Canadian radio banned the Dire Straits song ‘Money for Nothing’ over an anti-gay slur in its lyrics.
Has the word faggot now become as unacceptable as other swear words? And how has the word changed since its origin as a bundle of sticks?
UWA linguist Daniel Midgley explains on this week’s Talk the Talk.
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The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council’s decision:
An early Globe and Mail article:
CTRC urges a review of the ban:
Radio stations are confused: