Music

Shane MacGowan doesn’t understand why slur in Fairytale Of New York is ‘insulting to gays’


To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5
video

The Pogues’ Shane MacGowan has defended the use of the slur ‘f****t’ in Fairytale Of New York, saying the criticism isn’t worth a second’s thought.

Over the past few years, the Christmas classic has come under fire for the lyrics ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t’ in the second verse, with many claiming the homophobic slur shouldn’t be broadcasted on radio.

However, Shane doesn’t understand how the song is ‘insulting to gays’.

The 61-year-old appeared on RTE’s The Late Late Show, with the chat show airing a special tribute to his music.

And host Ryan Tubridy had to address the criticism of Fairytale Of New York’s lyrics – with Shane seeming baffled about the ‘political correctness’ controversy.

Shane doesn’t understand the backlash (Picture: RTE)

He said: ‘There is no political correctness to it.

‘I’ve been told it’s insulting to gays; I don’t understand how that works.’

Tubridy explained the backlash was about ‘whether or not the word f****t should be in a song, that’s what people are giving out about’.

MacGowan said: ‘F*** that, you know what I mean. Nobody in the band thinks that’s worth a second’s thought.’

Shane went on to perform Fairytale Of New York on the show, with country singer Philomena Begley singing Kirsty MacColl’s parts – Begley sang the word ‘f****t’ in her verse.

MacGowan had previously defended the song, but said he wouldn’t be bothered if radio stations chose to censor the offending lyrics.

The Dirty Old Town singer told The Tonight Show: ‘The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character. She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person. She is a woman of a certain generation at a certain time in history and she is down on her luck and desperate. Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it but she is not intended to offend!

‘She is just supposed to be an authentic character and not all characters in songs and stories are angels or even decent and respectable, sometimes characters in songs and stories have to be evil or nasty in order to tell the story effectively.

‘If people don’t understand that I was trying to accurately portray the character as authentically as possible, then I am absolutely fine with them bleeping the word, but I don’t want to get into an argument.’

The song has become a Christmas classic since its release in 1987 (Picture: Tim Roney/Getty Images)

The singer’s comments come after BBC Radio Solent DJ Alex Dyke banned the Christmas song from his show, calling it ‘nasty’.

He tweeted: ‘Radio, let’s ban Fairytale Of New York this Christmas! “You’re a slut on junk, you scumbag, cheap lousy f****t” – is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the car?

‘It’s an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. We can do better!’

Dyke later told his listeners: ‘I hope I’m not going to ruin your Christmas, but I’ve decided that I am no longer comfortable with playing Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.

‘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.’

Fairytale Of New York was released in 1987, and has been consistently voted the best Christmas song of all time – although it has never been Christmas number one, having been beaten to the top spot by Always On My Mind by Pet Shop Boys.



Got a showbiz story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

MORE: Piers Morgan tells Simon Cowell to snap up new Miss World winner as his next music star

MORE: From A Christmas Prince to Princess Switch: How Netflix recreated cheesy festive films





READ SOURCE

READ  Grammys 2020: How two musicians fell in love and wrote H.E.R.'s 'Song of the Year'

Leave a Reply

This website uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies.