December 18, 2007

Fairytale Of New York

This just got me so riles that I had to take a couple of moments out of my work day to blog it.
I just heard on the news that BBC Radio 1 have censored Fairytale of New York by removing the words “Faggot” and “Slag”. Listen here.

If I felt like it I’m sure I could come up with a whole list of words that Radio 1 boradcast that are far worse than those two.
It’s just rediculous.

Oh, and a by-point, Fairytale of New York is not a Christmas song, it is just a song that happens to be set at Christmas time. Kirsty McColl said so herself.


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  1. SteveShark

    I totally agree with you.
    Whoever decided this at the BBC really didn’t think it through.
    The words aren’t offensive in context and perfectly suit the song and are in no way perjorative to any group of people. It’s a domestic argument that’s being portrayed and someone has seen fit to censor it.
    Truly shameful.

    18 Dec 2007, 11:31

  2. Jules

    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 f______

    Happy Christmas your arse

    I pray God it’s our last

    My but the word faggot is offensive! Of course one hopes the song will also be retitled ‘Tale of New York’ as fairy may offend some

    18 Dec 2007, 14:10

  3. Well ok, faggot is offensive if directed at someone but it’s not directed at the listener so I can’t see anyone being offended really.

    18 Dec 2007, 14:45

  4. I’m struggling to find an actual homosexual who is offended by the line.

    18 Dec 2007, 18:07

  5. Chris Hawley

    This whole thing was amusing on numerous levels but I particularly found it strange that it wasn’t BBC wide; only Radio 1. Radio 2 were playing the original version throughout.

    Of course, the BBC have now seen the mass of people going “whu?” and changed their policy so it’s uncensored. Bit of free publicity for them there, even if it was as a bunch of fools.

    18 Dec 2007, 22:03


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