Rogue BBC DJ Self-Bans Fairytale of New York

By Gary Cutlack on at

Relatively modern – as in only a mere 32 years old – Christmas song Fairytale of New York is in the midst of a storm over the use of off colour language in its lyrics, thanks to a BBC DJ who finally bothered paying attention to the words, then declared the song an "offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge" and refused to play it ever again.

Key offensive lyrics include the line "you're an old slut on junk" and of course the classic rhyme "you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot," which cut & pasted down like that and out of their in-character context do indeed seem rather problematic in sensitive old 2019. This belated discovery of the original heathen texts sent BBC Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke into a social media meltdown, where he called for a boycott of the song, adding that it's not the sort of thing children should be singing when off to McDonald's for the festive Turkey Burger Special.

He explained it a bit better on his next show, adding: "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." [Independent]