BBC change lyrics of Pogues’ Christmas hit to avoid ‘offence’

BBC change lyrics of Pogues' Christmas hit to avoid 'offence'
BBC bosses change lyrics of Pogues' Christmas hit Fairytale of New York to avoid 'offence' Credit - Facebook

BBC Radio 1 have decided to avoid the annual fall out over the Pogues classic by censoring two words that have offended some listeners in the past.

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The station wanted to avoid offence in airing the Pogues hit this year as it includes two controversial words that have offended many people in the past.

The decision has been made 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.”

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

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

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


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  1. utter rubbish. compare what you are censoring with the bad, risque sexual language used by the young of today. Also the mindset behind dramas etc regularly portrayed in films and television. Censorship is the death knell for truth. some poor souls can find offence in the mildest of language,

  2. Soon the word no will be getting censored. Get a life. So many of the modern ‘songs’ have swearing in them, explicit lyric warning, xxx lyric warning. Pogues, Fairytale is a classic and i will still be playing the old lyrics.

  3. If the lyrics are not acceptable ban the song, the BBC censors speeches and news to suit their own PC, see how many people complain they can’t hear the song on the BBC and go elsewhere to hear it.


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