BBC maggots back down
That “A Fairy Tale of New York” is the best ever Xmas single is not something about which reasonable people can disagree. So the BBC’s overturning of the decision to bleep out the words “faggot” and “slut” is to be applauded.
Andy Parfitt, the Controller of Radio 1:
After careful consideration, I have decided that the decision to edit A Fairytale of New York was wrong. Radio 1 does not play homophobic lyrics or condone bullying of any kind. It is not always easy to get this right, mindful of our responsibility to our young audience.
While we would never condone prejudice of any kind, we know our audiences are smart enough to distinguish between maliciousness and creative freedom.
In the context of this song, I do not feel that there is any negative intent behind the use of the words, hence the reversal of the decision. The unedited version will be played from now on.