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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Show notes

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council’s decision:
http://www.cbsc.ca/english/decisions/2011/110112.php

An early Globe and Mail article:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/faggot-lyric-disqualifies-dire-straits-hit-from-canadian-radio-play/article1868052/

CTRC urges a review of the ban:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/crtc-urges-second-look-at-ban-of-dire-straits-song/article1879631/

Radio stations are confused:
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/01/24/dire.straits.song.ban.rstone/

but some protest:
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dire-straits-money-for-nothing-banned-in-canada-20110114