The Pogues singers Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan (Image: Getty)
The BBC has defended its choice 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 tune to keep away from offending youthful listeners with derogatory phrases for gender and sexuality.
Nevertheless, simply 10 days after the monitor change, the BBC has been compelled to double down on its use of the tune 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 tune most related for his or her viewers,’ a spokesperson mentioned.
‘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 various lyrics, offered by the document label.’
Annually, The Pogues’ Christmas traditional attracts controversy because of slurs in its lyrics, with MacColl singing: ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you low cost awful f****t.’
Fairtytale Of New York is controversial because of its lyrics (Image: YouTube)
Shane MacGowan additionally sings: ‘You’re an previous slut on junk.’
Frontman Shane lately revealed how he feels in regards to 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 needs to be banned because of its lyrics and mentioned he was ‘no longer comfortable’ with playing the song.
He mentioned: ‘I hope I’m not going to smash your Christmas, however I’ve determined that I’m not snug with taking part in Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.
‘I believe Christmas songs needs to be about excited youngsters, toys, Christmas timber, 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 tune.’