The Daily Mail reports that BBC Radio has decided to bleep a word out of a 20-year old Christmas song by The Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl titled Fairytale of New York. Apparently, this song is a perennial hit around this time every year and is climbing toward number one again this year. The BBC says that the word 'faggot' may upset gays, therefore their belated decision to bleep it after 19 years of no problems.
Politically correct BBC Radio station chiefs have censored the word 'faggot' from a hit Christmas song in fear of upsetting homosexuals.
Fairytale of New York by the Pogues has fallen victim to 'the bleep' after being re-released for the festive period.
Censors have also decided the word 'slut' – but have deemed the word 'arse' okay to air.
The hit song, which is challenging for the Christmas number one spot, is famous for it's outrageous lyrics and was recently voted the best Xmas song ever in a VH1 pole.
The Pogues' legendary ballad tells the story of a junkie couple reminiscing on Christmas Eve about youthful ambitions which never materialised.
During the foul-mouthed pop hit, lead singer Shane MacGowan and English singer Kirsty MacColl hurl insults at each other in a supposedly drunken manner.
The song is, at best, depressing, but it is supposed to be two characters telling a story. (For some reason the Brits in particular seem to be fond of depressing Christmas songs, don't they?) You can decide for yourself if the BBC should bleep the word, the song can be listened to over at YouTube. I don't much care for it myself, but it seems a bit of an overreaction on the part of the BBC.
UPDATE: The Telegraph has some furious comments about the BBC'c nannyish behavior from readers. It ain't pretty.