Radio 1 will play the track with tweaked lyrics
BBC Radio 1 will play an edited model of Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl this yr, in an effort to keep away from offence for youthful listeners.
Yearly, the enjoying of the Christmas traditional has attracted controversy as a result of slurs in its lyrics, with Kirsty MacColl singing: ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you low-cost awful f****t.’
The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan additionally sings: ‘You’re an previous slut on junk.’
Radio 1 will play an alternate model of the observe to keep away from offending youthful listeners with derogatory phrases for gender and sexuality.
A model with totally different lyrics sung by MacColl has been offered to the station.
In a press release, the BBC mentioned: ‘We all know the track is taken into account a Christmas traditional and we’ll proceed to play it this yr, with our radio stations selecting the model of the track most related for his or her viewers.’
Nevertheless, it was made clear that the track isn’t banned from the airwaves, and over on 6 Music, presenters will probably be given each the unique observe and an edited model, and the selection to play both.
A BBC spokesperson mentioned: ‘The Fairytale of New York was made in a second of time and occasions change.
‘As we’re a radio station for each music lover, we’ve made an edited model out there in addition to the unique, so presenters have the selection.’
In the meantime, the unique unedited model will probably be performed on BBC Radio 2, with a press release studying: ‘Now we have thought of this problem very rigorously and have determined to play the unique track.
‘As at all times, we’ll proceed to watch our listeners’ views on the lyrics of this very talked-about Christmas track.’
The 1987 track has turn into one of many nation’s favorite Christmas songs and a radio staple round December, however in recent times, there have been calls to play edited variations as a result of outdated and offensive phrases within the lyrics.
The track has turn into a Christmas traditional since its launch in 1987 (Image: Tim Roney/Getty Photos)
In 2019, BBC Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke banned Fairytale Of New York from his show, calling it ‘nasty’ and ‘an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge’ and saying that he was not snug enjoying it.
The identical yr, there was main controversy after the song was included in the Gavin And Stacey Christmas special, with character Uncle Bryn, performed by Rob Brydon, singing the ‘f****t’ lyric on stage within the pub.
The BBC defended using the slur on the present, with a press release studying: ‘Fairytale of New York is a very talked-about, much-loved Christmas track performed broadly all through the festive season, and the lyrics are well-established with the viewers.’
Whereas Shane MacGowan had beforehand mentioned he didn’t thoughts if the observe was bleeped these days, the singer mentioned in December that he didn’t assume the controversy round the song’s lyrics were ‘worth a second’s thought’.
Showing on The Late Late Present, the 62-year-old mentioned: ‘There is no such thing as a political correctness to it.
‘I’ve been informed it’s insulting to gays, I don’t perceive how that works.’