The Pogues singers Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan (Image: Getty)
The BBC has defended its resolution to play an edited model of Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues on Radio 1 after complaints.
The broadcaster introduced final week that it could air an alternative edition of the beloved Christmas track to keep away from offending youthful listeners with derogatory phrases for gender and sexuality.
Nonetheless, simply 10 days after the monitor change, the BBC has been compelled to double down on its use of the track with completely different lyrics sung by Kristy MacColl.
‘We all know Fairytale of New York is taken into account a Christmas traditional and we are going to proceed to play it this 12 months on BBC Radio, with our stations selecting the model of the track most related for his or her viewers,’ a spokesperson stated.
‘We’re conscious that younger audiences are notably delicate to derogatory phrases for gender and sexuality, and after contemplating this rigorously, Radio 1 has determined to play a model that includes Kirsty MacColl singing different lyrics, offered by the file label.’
Annually, The Pogies’ Christmas traditional attracts controversy as a consequence of slurs in its lyrics, with MacColl singing: ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you low cost awful f****t.’
Fairtytale Of New York is controversial as a consequence of its lyrics (Image: YouTube)
Shane MacGowan additionally sings: ‘You’re an previous slut on junk.’
Frontman Shane just lately revealed how he feels concerning the edited lyrics, telling Metro: ‘I believe it’s ridiculous.’
He added: ‘I don’t hate Fairytale! I’m only a bit sick of it.’
Final 12 months, DJ Alex Dyke of BBC Radio Solent angered some listeners by arguing that the monitor must be banned as a consequence of its lyrics and stated he was ‘no longer comfortable’ with playing the song.
He stated: ‘I hope I’m not going to spoil your Christmas, however I’ve determined that I’m now not comfy with enjoying Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.
‘I believe Christmas songs must be about excited youngsters, toys, Christmas bushes, snowy streets, ski lodges, reindeer, wrapping paper, Santa, household, peace on earth and love.
‘I simply discover the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York a nasty, nasty track.’