BBC bosses tweak lyrics of Pogues’ Christmas hit Fairytale of New York to keep away from offence


BBC Radio 1 bosses were forced to alter the lyrics to Christmas classic Fairytale of New York sang by The Pogues.

This was because the radio station wanted to avoid offence as the festive hit includes two controversial words that have offended many people in the past.

Execs made the decision to change the word “f****t” to “haggard”, while the word “slut” is muted, reports The Sun.

A source told the publication: “The feeling is that Radio 1’s listeners are younger and may not be as familiar with this song — so it has been decided that the lyrics should be edited.”

Fairytale of New York was originally sung by Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan

The source added: “This Christmas, only the new version will be broadcast on Radio 1.”

Mirror Online has contacted BBC Radio 1 for comment.

The original song – sung by Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan – sees the words “you cheap lousy f****t” belted out.

But with BBC’s tweaks, the lyrics will now read “you’re cheap and you’re haggard”.

BBC made the decision to change the word “f****t” to “haggard”, while the word “slut” is muted

Last year, BBC Radio presenter Alex Dyke caused controversy online after admitting he is “no longer comfortable” with the song.

Before hosting his afternoon show on BBC Radio Solent, he shared a series of now-deleted tweets ranting about the song.

In his posts, he slammed the 1987 track, calling it an “offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge”.

The 1987 Christmas classic sparks more and more complaints each year due to its lyrics

He wrote: “Radio, let’s ban Fairytale Of New York this Christmas! ‘You’re a slut on junk, you s***bag, cheap lousy f****t’ – is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the car?

“It’s an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. We can do better!”

What’s more, Gavin and Stacey viewers weren’t happy when the hotly-anticipated Christmas special included the lyrics of the song in one scene.

Last year, Gavin & Stacey viewers were shocked the show aired the characters singing the word ‘f****t’

The BBC had confirmed that the song featured in the special and would be uncensored before it aired.

The broadcaster opted to use the original foul-mouthed soundtrack because the lyrics have been “well-established” with the audience.

It also noted Fairytale of New York is a “very popular, much-loved Christmas song” which has been played on loop in the Christmas season.

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