The Daily Mail (amongst many others) reports rather scandalously that BBC Radio Solent Alex Dyke has tweeted a call for Fairytale of New York to be banned from the airwaves for being an ‘offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. Is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the car?’ (you should hear what our kids are singing on TikTok!)
DJ Alex Dyke, 57, ranted to listeners that he was ‘no longer comfortable’ with having the ‘nasty’ Pogues’ festive hit on his playlist.
So since you can’t hear it on the Alex Dyke show, here’s the nasty nasty delight for you to enjoy!
According to the Daily Mail, while presenting his show Dyke moaned: ‘I think Christmas songs should be about excited children, toys, Christmas trees, snowy streets, ski lodges, reindeer, wrapping paper, Santa, family, peace on earth and love. I just find the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York a nasty, nasty song.’
Meanwhile, Pink News reports that the “annual homophobia debate has already begun and we are so very, very tired.
“Every year, the debate begins – seemingly earlier each festive season – about whether the line is acceptable. Some believe it should be censored when it’s played on the radio or in public; some believe it shouldn’t be played at all due to its use of a hurtful homophobic slur. But some also believe the controversy is manufactured and don’t have an issue with the use of the word.
And then we have reams and reams of straight people who get personally offended every December when gay people get uncomfortable with them singing “faggot” while singing along to the song.
Brace yourselves – there are still three weeks until Christmas, with plenty of opportunities to publicly debate the use of homophobic slurs in popular songs before then.”