BBC Radio 1 Won’t Play Original Version of The Pogues’ Christmas Classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ Over Homophobic Slur
BBC Radio 1 has banned the original version of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s classic Christmas track “Fairytale of New York” because “its audience may be offended by some of the lyrics” one of which contains a homophobic slur.
Debate over the track seems to reignite every year as the holidays approach and the song rises on the charts.
In the track, meant to be a conversation between a couple, Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and the late Kirsty MacColl sing to each other: “You’re a bum / You’re a punk / You’re an old slut on junk / Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed / You scumbag, you maggot / You cheap lousy faggot / Happy Christmas your arse / I pray
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