The company introduced last week that it will air an alternative version of the beloved Christmas classic on Radio 1 to keep away from offending youthful listeners with the derogatory phrases that characteristic on the monitor.
At this time, the BBC defended its decision in a statement saying: “We’re conscious that younger audiences are significantly 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, supplied by the file label.”
Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan. Credit score: Press
She sings to MacGowan: “You scumbag, you maggot / You low cost awful f****t / Joyful Christmas, your arse / I pray God it’s our final.”
Radio 1’s edited model will characteristic the road “you’re low cost and also you’re haggard”, with the phrase “slut” silenced at an earlier level within the verse.
Cave has now criticised the BBC within the newest instalment of his ‘Pink Hand Letters’ web page.
He wrote: “The concept that a phrase, or a line, in a tune can merely be modified for an additional and never do it important harm is a notion that may solely be upheld by people who know nothing concerning the fragile nature of songwriting.
“The altering of the phrase ‘f****t’ for the nonsense phrase ‘haggard’ destroys the tune by deflating it proper at its important and most reckless second, stripping it of its worth. It turns into a tune that has been tampered with, compromised, tamed, and neutered and may now not be known as an incredible tune. It’s a tune that has misplaced its reality, its honour and integrity – a tune that has knelt down and allowed the BBC to do its grim and sticky enterprise.”
Cave continued: “I’m in no place to touch upon how offensive the phrase ‘f****t’ is to some individuals, significantly to the younger – it might be deeply offensive, I don’t know, by which case Radio 1 ought to have made the choice to easily ban the tune, and permit it to retain its outlaw spirit and its dignity.
“In the long run, I really feel sorry for ‘Fairytale’, a tune so gloriously problematic, as nice artistic endeavors so typically are, carried out by one of the vital scurrilous and seditious bands of our time, whose finest exhibits had been so fully and triumphantly out of order, they needed to be seen to believed. But, time and time once more the integrity of this magnificent tune is examined.
“The BBC, that gatekeeper of our brittle sensibilities, perpetually appearing in our greatest pursuits, proceed to mutilate an artefact of immense cultural worth and in doing so takes one thing from us this Christmas, inconceivable to measure or substitute. On and on it goes, and we’re all of the much less for it.”
You may see the complete letter here.
‘Fairytale of New York’ beforehand sparked controversy final 12 months after it was banned by BBC Solent presenter Alex Dyke, who prompt on Twitter that the tune was “downmarket chav bilge”.
The festive return of Gavin & Stacey also faced a backlash last Christmas after the characters of Bryn and Nessa carried out an uncensored model of the tune.