Whenever I heard the song on local radio, the offending word was muted. No biggie. Muting or changing inappropriate or offensive words has been going on for a long time.The panel noted that Money for Nothing would be acceptable for broadcast if suitably edited.
You can actually read the official ruling at http://www.cbsc.ca/english/decisions/2011/110112.phpOTTAWA - The 1980s song "Money for Nothing" by the British rock band Dire Straits has been deemed unacceptable for play on Canadian radio.
In a ruling released Wednesday, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council says the song contravenes the human rights clauses of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code.
Personally I find faggot and bitch more offensive than **** or asshole because the first two are derogatory whereas the other describe a bodily function and the other a part of the anatomy. Having said that, I appreciate that many people find **** and asshole offensive so I'm okay with banning that.
The problem is finding common ground so that we bleep out the really offensive and not go overboard.