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War on Christmas: BBC DJ Calls for The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' to be BANNED

Radio host Alex Dyke argues he is 'no longer comfortable' with classic festive song

 on 4th December 2019 @ 1.00pm
bbc dj alex dyke wants the pogues  christmas classic  fairytale of new york  to be banned © press
BBC DJ Alex Dyke wants The Pogues' Christmas classic 'Fairytale of New York' to be banned

A BBC radio host is calling for The Pogues' classic Christmas hit song "Fairytale of New York" to be banned from the airwaves.

DJ Alex Dyke has blasted the song as "offensive" and claims he is "no longer comfortable" with the lyrics of the festive favorite.

Speaking during his show on BBC Radio Solent, Dyke slammed the Irish rockers' song as an "offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge."

57-year-old Dyke ranted to listeners that he no longer wants the "nasty" Pogues' song on his playlist.

Prior to hosting his afternoon show, Dyke tweeted that he wanted the song banned while sharing some of the lyrics he had taken offense at.

"Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues regularly tops the polls as an all-time favorite Christmas number.

the classic duet  fairytale of new york  was sang by pogues frontman shane macgowan and the late kirsty maccoll © press
The classic duet 'Fairytale of New York' was sang by Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and the late Kirsty MacColl

Dyke wrote on Twitter: "Radio, let's ban Fairytale Of New York this Christmas!

"'You're a slut on junk, you scumbag, cheap lousy faggot' - is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the car?

"It's an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. We can do better!"

Accompanying the tweet was a picture of Pogues' frontman, Shane MacGowan, famous for his missing teeth, alcohol and drug problems and disheveled appearance.

Later, while presenting his show, according to the Daily Mail, Dyke moaned: "I hope I'm not going to ruin your Christmas, but I've decided that I am no longer comfortable with playing Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl.

"I think Christmas songs should be about excited children, toys, Christmas trees, snowy streets, ski lodges, reindeer, wrapping paper, Santa, family, peace on earth and love.

"I just find the Pogues' Fairytale of New York a nasty, nasty song."

In the three-minute-long rant, he justified his decision to ax the song by saying he was "making a stand for the good of the people."

Describing the lyrics again, he added: "I just think that this guy, this toothless drunk, ruining the romantic image of New York City with a song about heroin is not on.

"I don't like the lyrics 'you're bum, you're a punk, you're a slut on junk' - I think that's absolutely awful.

"I don't like 'you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot' - I find that offensive, I find that an offensive pile of downmarket bilge."

He concluded that he doesn't want to think of kids sitting in the back of cars listening to the radio and singing along to lyrics from the song, such as "slut" and "faggot."

He ended: "I think it should be banned, I really do, so I won't be playing this record on the radio of this Christmas."

A BBC spokesperson commented: "This was Alex's decision. There is no ban.

"We have a strict music policy that we expect to be followed."

fairytale of new york was released in 1987 and is often voted a favorite christmas song © press
Fairytale of New York was released in 1987 and is often voted a favorite Christmas song

Fairytale of New York - originally released in 1987 - has sold close to 1.5 million copies and is officially the UK's most played Christmas song.

In 2007, BBC Radio 1 edited out the controversial words from the song.

But the station quickly backtracked on the decision following a backlash from listeners.

Dyke later read out some of the reactions from listeners of the South coast station, with one questioning if he had a sense of humor, while another said: "You're just a miserable old git."

One listener, however, agreed and congratulated him on the decision to ban the 1980s record.

Meanwhile, Dyke simply responded: "I'm just trying to make life better for you guys, I really am."

The outspoken radio broadcaster came under fire in 2015 after he was suspended from the BBC over "appalling" comments he made on-air about breastfeeding.

During his phone-in show, the DJ voiced that breastfeeding was "unnatural" and "has to be stopped" in public - leading to an online petition signed by 6,000 supporters calling for him to be taken off the air.

Twitter users responded by Dyke's calls to ban "Fairytale of New York" by branding him a "snowflake," "an absolute wanker," and called for him to be banned from the radio instead.

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