Fairytale of New York: BBC Radio 1 will not play original version

Brenda Watkins
November 20, 2020

The Pogues' Fairytale of NY has had a 2020 update (Credit: YouTube) Has the track been censored before?

While Wham's Last Christmas and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You are on 10-1.

The song is far from the only holiday tune that has faced criticism over the years, with the song "Baby, it's Cold Outside" which originally appeared in the 1949 film "Neptune's Daughter", after starting as a party song by the composer and his wife, and has been covered several times since often also the subject of criticism for lyrics which have since been deemed as glorifying sexual assault.

One post featured quote reading: "We've decided not to play Fairytale of NY out of respect for LGBT people, in other news the Govt have axed funding for anti LGBT Bullying programs in school". Is that the case?

Yesterday, BBC Radio 1 confirmed that The Pogues' Christmas hit Fairytale of NY would be aired as a censored version on the station this year. However, you may notice some changes to the song's lyrics on certain stations...

The pollster asked: "BBC Radio 1 has announced it will play an edited version of Fairytale of NY, altering two lines of the original song that include language that listeners might find offensive".

The politically correct move earned the derision of actor and "anti-SJW" lodestar Larence Fox, who commented on social media that the the "cultural commissars at the [BBC] are telling you what is and isn't appropriate for your ignorant little ears" and suggested that people should try to get the "proper" version of the song to the top of the charts. This edited version of Fairytale of NY was previously sung by the late star on Top of the Pops back in 1992.

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On the other hand, Radio 2 will be playing the original version.

Meanwhile, Radio 6 Music will have both vacations in its library so that presenters and / or producers can choose between them wisely.

Some may remember similar speculation regarding the song being banned a year ago.

The song has always been a source of controversy. This Christmas only the new version will be broadcast on Radio 1'. "You're a slut on junk, you scumbag, cheap lousy f****t" - is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the vehicle?

He continued: "It's an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. We can do better!"

Instead of playing the original lyrics, the broadcaster will play an edited version featuring new lines previously sung by MacColl. "I think Christmas songs should be about excited children, toys, Christmas trees, snowy streets, ski lodges, reindeer, wrapping paper, Santa, family, peace on earth and love", the DJ added.

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