BBC Radio 1 bosses have banned the unique recording of Fairytale of New York and edited it in a bid to keep away from offence.
The phrase “f****t” — sung by Kirsty MacColl within the 1987 Christmas basic — is modified to “haggard” whereas Shane MacGowan’s “slut” insult is muted.
Christmas basic Fairytale of New York is sung by Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowanCredit score: Getty – Contributor
Outdated recordings of Kirsty and Shane, pictured within the music video, have been used to change the observe
The observe is the most-played festive track within the twenty first century — however its lyrics have recently sparked controversy.
A supply mentioned: “The sensation is that Radio 1’s listeners are youthful and is probably not as acquainted with this track — so it has been determined that the lyrics needs to be edited.
“This Christmas, solely the brand new model will probably be broadcast on Radio 1.”
An outdated recording of Kirsty — killed by a speedboat in 2000 — was used to vary “you low cost awful f****t” to “you’re low cost and also you’re haggard”.
In the meantime, Pogues frontman Shane’s barb that she’s “an outdated slut on junk” can also be partly silenced.
The track obtained an unedited airing on final yr’s Gavin and Stacey Christmas particular, sparking hundreds of complaints from viewers.
The BBC defended the choice to broadcast the lyrics on the time.
The track was launched in 1987Credit score: Handout
In 2007, Radio 1 censored the track however its then-controller Andy Parfitt later mentioned the choice was flawed.
The Radio 1 ban will not be BBC-wide, it emerged after inner discussions.
Radio 2 has opted to air the track unchanged, whereas presenters on Radio 6 can select which model to play.
Have fun it
By Clemmie Moodie, Assistant Editor
IT’S not even December and the snowflakes are already out.
In one more instance of political correctness-lunacy, the BBC has determined to rewrite historical past.
In spite of everything, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas with out presents, mince pies and a toothless Shane MacGowan (assisted by Kirsty MacColl) warbling on about New York drunks.
As followers of Chaucer and Shakespeare will attest, “slut” was first used for a messy, slovenly lady. It could have completely different connotations now however who’s to say it wasn’t written as literature meant?
As for “faggot”, the BBC admitted that within the lyrics it was archaic Irish slang for a lazy individual.
The track was of its time. We should always have a good time, not airbrush, it.
It is offensive
By Rod McPhee, Senior Showbiz reporter
IT’S an Eighties festive basic and a flooring filler we NEVER need to lose.
Sadly, Fairytale of New York additionally accommodates two of the vilest phrases within the English language.
Tweaking the offending sections of the track isn’t political correctness gone mad, it’s a fairly smart thought.
And no, it’s not simply snowflakes hijacking our mom tongue.
There’s an entire Bernard Manning horror home of phrases — many referencing ethnicity or faith — that we’d by no means use in 2020. So why is it OK to make use of a slur focused at girls and homosexual males?
Most individuals who defend phrases like s**t or f****t, don’t know the distress of being referred to as one.
It’s nonetheless the identical Fairytale of New York, simply with a happier ending.
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