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BBC defends decision to play updated version of Pogues' Fairytale of New York

"We are aware that young audiences are particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality"

2020-11-30

The BBC has doubled down on its decision to censor the Pogues' Christmas classic 'Fairytale of New York' on the radio this festive period.

It follows initial confirmation that the broadcaster was dropping the original version of the song - containing the words "f*ggot" and "s*ut* - in favour of an updated one on Radio One earlier this month.

Amid continuing debate, the organisation has put out a new statement on the move.

"Alternative lyrics, provided by the record label"

"We know Fairytale of New York is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year on BBC Radio, with our stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience," a spokesperson said yesterday, reports Metro.

"We are aware that young audiences are particularly sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality, and after considering this carefully, Radio 1 has decided to play a version featuring Kirsty MacColl singing alternative lyrics, provided by the record label."

The original lyrics to 'Fairytale of New York' - which has reached the top 10 of the UK singles charts over multiple Christmases - include "You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap, lousy f*ggot" and "You're a bum, you're a punk, you're an old s*ut on junk."

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