Laurence Fox told to ‘f**k off’ by The Pogues amid row over Fairytale of New York lyrics

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The Pogues have hit out at Laurence Fox, 42, after he blasted the BBC’s move to censor some of the lyrics to Fairytale of New York, which the band recorded with Kirstie MacColl in 1987. The Anglo-Irish group told Laurence to “f**k off” following his response to the decision.

The popular Christmas track contains a homophobic slur, which the BBC have decided to change.

The slur, “f****t”, has been replaced with “haggard”, while the word “s*ut” has been muted in the song on all BBC radio stations.

Laurence took to Twitter to slam the BBC’s choice, writing: “Here we go again.

“The cultural commissars at the @bbc are telling you what is and isn’t appropriate for your ignorant little ears. Wouldn’t it be nice if we sent the (proper) version to the top of the charts? #DefundTheBBC. RT.”

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The Pogues retweeted Laurence, who recently started the Reclaim Party, and hit back: “F**k off you little herrenvolk s***e.”

The term “herrenvolk” means “a race, nation, or group, such as the Germans or Nazis as viewed by Hitler, believed to be superior to other races.”

Laurence hasn’t yet responded to The Pogues’ post.

The Lewis actor recently shared his plans to get involved in politics by creating his new political party.


Laurence revealed its aims, which include BBC reform and a celebration of Britain’s cultural contributions, according to the Telegraph.

It comes after the BBC addressed their decision in a statement today.

They said: “We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience.”

A BBC source clarified to Mirror Online that different stations were allowed to play whichever version they preferred for their audiences.

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However, the BBC feels that Radio 1’s younger demographic would want to hear the edited version.

The source said: “Radio 2 fans will still hear the original song with the derogatory lyrics, while 6 Music will alternate between both versions.”

Last year, the BBC defended using the original version of Fairytale of New York in the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.

Characters Nessa Jenkins and Uncle Bryn sang it on the show.

Gavin & Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones, who plays Nessa, also supported the decision to use the original track.

She told The Sun: “It is a different climate. But 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.”

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