Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Fairytale Madness

Constantly topping "Favourite Xmas Song" polls, Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl has become a Christmas classic since it's release in 1987.

This year, some idiot at Radio 1 has decided to censor it! Apparently, in his (or her) view the word "faggot" could cause offence and is being blanked out every time the song is played on that station.. The word "slut" elsewhere in the song has received the same treatment.

The censorship is not BBC-wide. Radio 2 is, and will continue to be, playing the original version. Presumably it's audience is deemed old enough to make up it's own mind how, and in what context, a word should be interpreted.

At the time of writing a BBC poll, with over 15000 votes was over 95% against the censorship. On Radio 1's own news web-page you will struggle to find any readers comment in favour. It's an overused cliché, but this certainly is political correctness gone mad. Anyone offended by either the words faggot or slut, used in the context of a husband and wife having a drunken argument, really should get a life. Their number must be so small that they are probably exceeded by those like me who find Unchained Melody offensive for no other reason than it is simply awful, perhaps we can have that one banned next,

The (original) lyrics in full HERE

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