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The BBC Defend Gavin & Stacey Special For Playing Uncensored Fairytale Of New York

Tara Walsh
Tara Walsh

01:51 10 Jan 2020


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The BBC defend Gavin & Stacey from backlash

Gavin & Stacey Christmas special faced backlash for its use of the uncensored version of Fairytale Of New York.

And it's reported the BBC are defending the decision after receiving 866 complaints.

The song was performed by characters Bryn and Nessa during a karaoke night with the gang.

Many viewers were disappointed by their decision to use the version that features the word, 'f***ot.'

So much so that Digital Spy report the BBC received 866 complaints.

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The statement

In a statement made by the broadcaster, they claim, 'there was no intention to offend viewers.'

'While the word 'f***ot' is now widely acknowledged as having the potential to offend, the song never suggests or implies that this is, or was ever, an appropriate way to address another person, nor does it link it to homosexuality.'

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'The origin of the word includes a definition which describes it as a contemptuous and antiquated word for laziness.'

'And the author of the song has cited this inference behind his inclusion of that line.'

They go on, 'Fairytale of New York is a well-established, much-loved Christmas song which tells the story of a troubled couple in 1940s New York.'

'The descent of their relationship is reflected in the increasingly abusive and offensive terms they use to address each other; insults which are intended to reflect the language that such characters might have used in that era.'

They wrap up their statement, 'We understand that some people will find it offensive in any context but we also recognise that the song is widely played and enjoyed in its original form.'

'Ofcom have previously stated that they feel it is, 'unlikely that audiences would widely perceive [the song] as a serious attempt to denigrate the homosexual community'.'

The Christmas special aired on Christmas day last month.

And after that cliffhanger, we're praying we get more episodes soon!


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