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BBC bosses edit lyrics of Pogues’ Christmas hit Fairytale of New York to avoid offence

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BBC Radio 1 bosses have banned the original recording of Fairytale of New York and edited it in a bid to avoid offence. The word “f****t” — sung by Kirsty MacColl in the 1987 Christmas classic — is changed to “haggard” while Shane MacGowan’s “slut” insult is muted.

The track is the most-played festive song in the 21st century — but its lyrics have recently sparked controversy. A source said: “The feeling is that Radio 1’s listeners are younger and may not be as familiar with this song — so it.

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