Gavin and Stacey slammed by appalled fans as Nessa and Bryn sing f****t in Fairytale Of New York

Nessa and Bryn’s singalong caused friction among fans (Picture: BBC)

Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas Special was overall a massive success – but viewers couldn’t help but be divided by Bryn and Nessa performing an uncensored version of Fairytale of New York.

Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) took to the karaoke at The Dolphin for their biannual tradition of a singalong – and opted to sing The Pogues’ Christmas classic.

With Ness becoming Barry’s own version of Shane MacGowan, and Bryn Kirsty MacColl, the pair got the pub up and dancing as the drinks flowed on Christmas eve.

However, when it came to the offensive line where Kirsty declares Shane a ‘cheap lousy f****t’ – which has become a divisive topic since the 80s and in terms of acceptable language.

The crowd cheered along and even acknowledged the offensive word (Picture: BBC)

During the moment the line was sung, Gavin (Mathew Horne) even acknowledged it’s potential for offence by doing a cheeky “oooh!” to wife Stacey.

Many felt it was inappropriate for the show to choose to keep it in – especially considering that they could’ve worked around it if they wanted.

As a result, some were thrown off by the near-perfect reunion special and it put them off enjoying the episode as a whole.

Ahead of the scene airing, Ruth Jones defended the decision and told The Sun is was a ‘different climate’ and said: ‘We have to remain true to the characters, to who they were.

‘Characters in Gavin & Stacey are kind and big-hearted, I believe. So I think no one is going to be intentionally hurtful.

‘But by the same token, they’re not necessarily going to be completely politically correct or be aware of political correctness.’

The song, which is played altered and unaltered across the UK on radio and TV across the Christmas season, has been a long-held source of contention for fans.

A singalong down The Dolphin saw the gang cheer along to the controversial track (Picture: BBC)

The slur, used to put down members of the LGBT community, has been all but eradicated for use in media – except for when Fairytale of New York plays across the holidays.

Speaking to The Times ahead of the scene airing, Peter Tatchell, LGBT rights campaigner and Gay Liberation Front member, urged the BBC to reconsider and edit around it.

‘It would send completely the wrong signal. It will give comfort to homophobes everywhere,’ he said.

He added: ‘The BBC would not screen a Christmas song with the n-word in it. It would be deemed deeply prejudiced and unacceptable.

‘So why the double standards when it comes to the f-word?’

Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas Special is available on BBC iPlayer and Britbox.

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