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One particular verse has sparked a fierce debate over its use of a "homophobic" slur...With many arguing that the outdated words need to be scrapped for good.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...
For crying out loud, it's November! The 'Fairytale of New York' debate seems to start earlier and earlier every year 🙄— Ian Rutson (@Ian Rutson)1605803784.0
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.
@BBCNews Holy crap.....just imagine banning all songs that had 'other meanings' or terms people don't like. We'd have no music to listen to.— fens cycler 🚲 (@fens cycler 🚲)1605777705.0
@BBCNews may be. It's time these people grew up, if someone cannot handle a song then they are the problem, not the music.— lostcreatives (@lostcreatives)1605777926.0
@BBCNews World gone mad! Can’t rewrite history!— Dave Harford (@Dave Harford)1605780287.0
@BBCNews Uncool 👎🏻— DarylGraŷ 🍕🏆 (@DarylGraŷ 🍕🏆)1605781615.0
@BBCNews Ridiculous 🤫— Paul Spink (@Paul Spink)1605791710.0
But, on the other hand, some people are pleased that the "homophobic" slur has finally been omitted.
This is all I’m gonna say on it for the whole year: the word itself being in Fairytale Of New York doesn’t bother o… https://t.co/Ny62Lp1S8W— Harrison Brocklehurst (@Harrison Brocklehurst)1605781720.0
My only contribution to the annual Fairytale of New York discussion is this: If you’re taking to Twitter to whine… https://t.co/8kpVdAiRIH— 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️)1605779637.0
It's admirable that people are so upset by the use of a word that offensive to LGBQT people in Fairytale of New Yor… https://t.co/K1WFaFgaob— Flic Everett (@Flic Everett)1605790872.0
regardless of whether or not lgbtq+ people are offended of that line in fairytale of new york - and they have every… https://t.co/9PJG9DmC2E— martha (@martha)1605794079.0