The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" has been a beloved Christmas song for decades - but now, after growing complaints about a certain verse in the track, one radio station has deemed it as inappropriate and has therefore changed the lyrics in order to avoid any more offense...

Which, of course, has caused its own degree of offense.

Since the station announced its decision, opinions have been seriously divided - while some have applauded them for their move, others are not at all impressed.

Now, "Fairytale of New York" isn't your average Christmas song.

Rather than trilling on about snow, sleigh rides, mistletoe, or miracles, Shane MacGowen and the late Kirsty MacColl drone on about a lost youth, ruined dreams, and a particularly nasty Christmas-time break-up.

It's a somewhat anti-Christmas song...

That just so happened to become perhaps the most beloved Christmas songs of all time.

Since its release in 1987, "Fairytale of New York" has gone on to sell over 1.5 million copies...

And it manages to make its way back into the charts every year without fail.

However, in more recent years...

There has been a slightly more sour tone surrounding the usually beloved song.

One particular verse has sparked a fierce debate over its use of a "homophobic" slur...

With many arguing that the outdated words need to be scrapped for good.

Every year, the debate is reborn...

And every year, people online descend into heated arguments as to whether the lyrics should be changed, or whether the song should be banned entirely.

Well this year, a radio station has officially taken action.

BBC Radio 1, a station that airs across the United Kingdom, revealed today that they will be playing an alternate version of the song that omits the "offensive" lyrics at the center of the debate. And, as you'd guess, opinions are seriously divided.

Obviously, many are completely outraged by the decision.

But, on the other hand, some people are pleased that the "homophobic" slur has finally been omitted.

These are the changes the BBC are making.

The new version of the song will replace the lyrics: "You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap, lousy f****t" with "you're cheap and you're haggard." It is also believed that the use of the slur, "sl*t" will be muted.

Alternate BBC radio stations will continue to play the original version, however.

Speaking to local media, a BBC spokesperson said this: "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."

Even without the line, it'll still make for a brilliant Christmas sing-along, right?

But, believe it or not, this isn't the first time a Christmas song has caused so much debate. Keep scrolling to see which jingle was voted as the "most annoying Christmas song of all time"...