Published Dec 09, 2018This week, controversy erupted over the Pogues' beloved 1987 Christmas song "Fairytale of New York," and its use of a homophobic slur. Now, the band's leader Shane MacGowan has responded to the matter.
In a statement made to Virgin Media TV [via the Irish Times], he explained that the song was written with a character in mind: "The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character. She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person."
He further added, "Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it but she is not intended to offend!"
McGowan finished by saying that he supports censoring the song: "If people don't understand that I was trying to accurately portray the character as authentically as possible then I am absolutely fine with them bleeping the word but I don't want to get into an argument."
Read the full statement from McGowan below.
Kirsty MacColl, the singer who delivered the line in question, passed away in 2000.