Norm Smith Medallist
- Aug 21, 2016
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- Oldham, West Ham, Real Betis
The BBC are not cancelling but censoring the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York, but only for the snowflake generation.
BBC Radio 1 is to air a censored version of the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York that removes the words “f*****” (rhymes with maggot) and “s***” (rhymes with shut) from Kirsty MacColl’s verse. Radio 2 will continue to air the original version, while 6 Music will allow its DJs to choose the version they wish to play.
The BBC said: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience,” suggesting sensitivity over the words varies between Radio 1’s younger audience and the older listeners of Radio 2.
Adopting the characters of an argumentative but sentimental married couple, MacColl sings to Shane MacGowan: “You scumbag, you maggot / You cheap lousy f***** / Happy Christmas your arse / I pray God it’s our last.”