The BBC has responded after the Christmas “Gavin and Stacey” special was criticized for playing The Pogues’ “Fairytale Of New York”.
The Christmas song includes the line “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t,” and viewers were quick to take to Twitter to slam the homophobic lyrics.
The track was sung by Nessa Jenkins (Ruth Jones) and Uncle Bryn (Rob Brydon) in a pub, with Bryn singing the line in question.
The BBC has since defended the song’s inclusion in the show, insisting: “‘Fairytale of New York’ is a very popular, much-loved Christmas song played widely throughout the festive season, and the lyrics are well established with the audience,” according to Deadline.
Jones also told the Sun: “It is a different climate. But we have to remain true to the characters, to who they were. Characters in ‘Gavin and 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.”
The special was watched by 11.5 million in the U.K. on Christmas Day. It’s available to stream on BritBox in Canada.