Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Pogues 'censored'??!!

Huh?

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.

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

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

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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].

4 comments:

stu-n said...

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

Lisa Rullsenberg said...

Undoubtedly!

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!