That Little Faggot, He’s a Millionaire

While lying in bed the other day it occurred to me out of absolutely nowhere that Money for Nothing by Dire Straits is quite possibly the most dated song in the history of the universe (other than the guitar riff of course, that shit’s timeless). First off, it’s a track about needing to learn how to play guitar so you can grab some of that fat music television cash. None of that makes any sense whatsoever anymore, but it also features these fun lyrics:

See the little faggot with the earring and the make up 
Yeah buddy that’s his own hair 
That little faggot got his own jet airplane
That little faggot he’s a millionaire

Now, here’s where it gets complicated. Is Mark Knopfler a homophobe? I’m guessing no as it’s supposed to be written from the perspective of a blue collar dude watching shit like hair metal and George Michael on this new fangled MTV. This is pretty much exactly how a person like that would react to the experience back in the 80’s. So like, if you have a TV show that features a bigoted character to make a point, is the person who wrote it a bigot necessarily? Not necessarily but then again, Dire Straights were mining a sort of blue collar rock star vibe, so it was I’m sure a jab at what they saw as their time’s version of what we’re now calling soy boy shit.

Regardless, the point is that by today’s standards this never would have even been released, for good reason, yet Money for Nothing was such a huge hit in 1985 it’s unreal (over 30 million albums sold). And to be fair, that verse was in fact edited out of the MTV clip that was played roughly three times an hour for several years back when it hit (and also features some of the most dated “cutting edge” animation imaginable).

I really only mention this to remind people how prevalent calling people fags and using the word gay in general was back in the day. Did I do it? Absolutely. Granted I was a kid but everyone fucking did and not in the context of actual homosexuality, it just meant bad (which almost makes it worse). My teacher gave me tons of homework last night. Oh man, that’s so gay. It was go to slang back then.

Here’s a fun tidbit: we weren’t allowed to swear in my house growing up, but my parents quite hilariously let the word faggot slide. I mainly remember this because my little brother would often go on tirades calling us faggots and freaks and letting us know he wished he could swear but didn’t want to get in trouble. So, my quite liberal parents were totally fine with us calling each other faggots but drew the line at words like asshole. As another fun tidbit, you know what the original working title for the Beastie Boys License to Ill was? Yeah, that’d be Don’t be a Faggot. Seriously.

Oh how things change. Am I the only one who remembers the That’s so Gay PSAs from the early 2000’s. I believe these were started partially after Kobe Bryant was forced to apologize for using homophobic language on the court.

Holy crap did that work. So there was a calculated campaign to get people to stop using homophobic slurs, it absolutely worked and society is now a better place because of it. But to some people (for purely political reasons), similar efforts in the modern day are dangerous threats to our free speech….somehow. Does anyone really miss the time where multi-platinum singles could drop the word faggot like it was nothing? Sadly, I’m sure some people absolutely do. Fuck those people.

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

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Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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