Dire Straits Song “Money For Nothing” Anti-Gay?

The unedited version of “Money for Nothing,” the Grammy Award-winning song by British band Dire Straits, has been called homophobic by a Canadian watchdog.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has ruled that the lyrics to the 1985 hit are offensive to gays, Reuters said in a report. According to the Council, the use of the word “faggot” in the second verse of the song is no longer acceptable today. “The decision doesn’t really relate to the Dire Straits song at the end of the day, the decision relates to the word in question,” Council chairman reportedly told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

The Council’s decision stemmed from a complaint by a listener of station OZ FM. According to the decision, OZ FM should have censored the word “faggot” when it played the song as the use of such term is prohibited under the country’s human rights standards. The station defended its decision to play the full version, saying that the acclaimed song has been played without a hitch over the last 25 years.

The ruling, which affects only OZ FM, has already caused uproar among other Canadian stations, with Edmonton rock radio K97 saying that it would play the unedited version for an hour non-stop as a protest, a Fox411 report said.