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Fans appalled as BBC’s Gavin and Stacey special brings Christmas Day to a close with a homophobic slur

Emma Powys Maurice December 26, 2019
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Bryn and Nessa performing the controversial song. (BBC/YouTube)

BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey has divided viewers over the unnecessary inclusion of a homophobic slur in The Pogues’ song ‘Fairytale of New York’.

The highly-anticipated Christmas special saw the quirky family return to TV screens yesterday after a ten-year hiatus.

As expected, karaoke duo Bryn and Nessa took to the stage for their ‘biannual singalong’ – but inexplicably opted for an uncensored version of the song, which includes the slur ‘f****t’.

It could’ve been the perfect opportunity to reinvent the controversial festive song, or to sing an entirely different song altogether. But sadly showrunners made the decision to keep the original, outdated lyrics: “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t, happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it’s our last.”

The line was delivered with no subtlety, with the character of Gavin ‘lampshading’ the issue by throwing a shocked look to the camera.

The episode is expected to attract hundreds of complaints and sparked a Twitter debate as soon as it aired.

This was followed by the predictable onslaught of people chastising liberal “snowflakes” for being so offended at what is “just a song,” attempting to justify the lyrics by saying that they have “always” been that way.

But LGBT+ artist Graeme Fullwood perfectly explained why a single word in a song can be so hurtful, and why its inclusion in the comedy Christmas special was so unnecessary.

 

 

 

 

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