Calls for the lyrics of Fairytale of New York to be censored this Christmas are proving controversial.
The calls emerged because of the use of a gay slur in the popular Pogues Christmas song.
RTÉ presenter Eoghan McDermott posted on Twitter that the lyrics of the Christmas classic upset gay members of his production team.
Phrases that have zero social utility should fall away. Enough vitriol out there without gay people having to feel uncomfortable so people that aren’t affected by an insult can tap their toe. Black Eyed Peas “Let’s Get Retarded” changed to “Let’s Get It Started” – rightly so.
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) December 4, 2018
While this position did garner support online, others felt it was PC gone mad:
The world has gone soft. Can’t sing Fairytale of New York because it’s offensive. Can’t say bring home the bacon, it’s also deemed offensive. Gingerbread man is another one. Hope santy brings everyone a lamp this year cause the world needs to lighten the fuck up.
— gk (@GarrettKenny_82) December 5, 2018
Ha, so now they’re whining about the Pogues Fairytale of New York using the word faggot. 😂 Any gay folks actually offended by this or is it just snowflakes getting offended on behalf as per usual?
— Paul 🏃💨 (@succisavirescit) December 5, 2018
McDermott later defended his stance despite the criticism, adding that the fact that the use of the word was upsetting to his staff is more important than the context in which the word us used in the song.
All these things I know – again, it really just didn’t seem like a massive ask to me when to have that word beeped when my two gay co-workers / friends and I talked about it. They’re not rioting in the streets, they expressed a preference & I shared it.
— Eoghan McDermott (@eoghanmcdermo) December 6, 2018
The controversy comes after a number of radio stations have banned ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ over what some call ‘predatory undertones’ – another decision split opinion.