Thursday, 27 February, 2020

Gavin and Stacey viewers suggest ways slur in Fairytale of New York could have been handled

During a scene in the Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas Special, Nessa and Bryn performed an uncensored version of Fairytale of New York.

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special 2019

The Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas Special aired on BBC One last night and it was praised by viewers but one scene upset a lot of people.

Characters Nessa and Bryn performed a version of Fairytale of New York in a karaoke scene as they enjoyed a night out on Christmas Eve.

During The Pogues’ Christmas classic, a line reads ‘cheap lousy f****t’ – which has become controversial and offensive since the 80s in terms of acceptable language.

During last night’s one-off special, the lyric went uncensored as Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) performed at The Dolphin pub.

Many fans took to Twitter to slam the scene saying it was “real missed opportunity” how they should have addressed the song in 2019.

Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special 2019

One fan said: “I love Gavin and Stacey, but including the “f*ggot” line in the Fairytale of New York singalong is careless and a real missed opportunity. Imagine if Nessa had simply said “Oh! Bryn! To be honest, at the end of the day like, I feels uncomfortable using that word in 2019.”

Another fan said: “gavin and stacey was fine until THAT lyric of fairytale of new york was literally screamed through the karaoke mic. not interested”

Despite concerns from fans, The BBC confirmed that the song would be featured in the special and would be uncensored before it aired on Christmas day.

A spokesperson said: “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.”

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