Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pogues 'censored'??!!


I run to the BBC News site for a quick gander at the world at large (its a rare treat these days to lift my head from the files and paperwork around me, let alone review what is happening outside the university).

This nonsense is what I find: "Radio 1 censors Pogues' Fairytale"

BBC Radio 1 has banned the word "faggot" from the Pogues' 1987 Christmas hit Fairytale of New York to avoid offence.

The BBC said: "We are playing an edited version because some members of the audience might find it offensive."

Another line, where MacGowan calls MacColl "an old slut on junk", has also been edited.

But the ban does not apply across the BBC. Radio 2 said it would be playing the full version of the track.
And again, I say: "huh?!"

UPDATED: Although the original story was updated at 15:50, according to a news item on PM, the BBC changed their minds (see the climbdown at 18:00). Maybe someone reminded them that they DO employ Chris Moyles... [as Stu rightly pointed out].


Anonymous said...

Funny how they can be so worried about homophobia and still employ Chris Moyles, isn't it?

Lisa Rullsenberg said...


chrissie said...

Hi Lisa.
Yes, amazing decision by R1...and stu-n is SOOO right with his Moyles comment!
Hugs to you and hope you're taking care of yourself under the weight of all that work :) Happy Crimbo! X

George Walks said...

Hmm, no CSS on Radio 1 then!