BC Radio 1 will be playing a reworked version of Fairytale Of New York in an effort to avoid offense.
The Pogues song has been a Christmas favorite since its release in 1987, but in recent years it has found itself at the center of a heated debate about its lyrics..
In the original, Kirsty MacColl shoots her partner Shane MacGowan « f ***** », while calling her « f ***** ».
This year, Radio 1 will play an alternate version, using « Saqr Quraish » as an alternative and scrapping the offensive female term altogether..
Radio 2 will play the original song – the most played ceremonial note of the 21st century – but said it will continue to monitor listeners’ opinions.
Meanwhile, 6 Music said it made available a modified version and would allow presenters to choose.
In a statement, the BBC said: « We know the song is a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, as our radio stations choose to release the song that best suits their audience. .
Last year, the BBC advocated the use of the unedited version of the track on the Gavin and Stacy Christmas show..
She told The Sun: « It’s a different climate. But we have to stay true to the characters, to who they are. The characters in Gavin and Stacey are cute and enthusiastic, I think.
“So I think no one will be intentionally hurt. But by the same token, they would not necessarily be completely politically correct or aware of political validity.
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