Tuesday, December 18, 2007

BBC Radio 1 declares 20 year old Christmas song offensive

My favorite contemporary Christmas song is the Pogues' Fairytale of New York. Originally released in 1987, it's about an Irish immigrant couple in New York City who, not quite reaching their aspirations, fall to alcoholism and drug addiction. I know...it doesn't sound very "Christmas-y", but the song ends on a hopeful note, and Christmas is all about hope, right?

The song includes the following lines:
You're a bum, you're a punk / You're an old slut on junk, lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed.
You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot, Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it's our last.
So, after 20 years, BBC Radio One has decided that some would find the words faggot and slut offensive, and have decided to bleep the words out.

At no point does BBC cite any specific complaints, but that's irrelevant to the PC Police. It's their job to tell you what's offensive.


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