Fairytale of New York - The F-word (moved from Gavin & Stacey)

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  1. big ron

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    My hot take which no one asked for: The song should remain unedited mostly for reasons octy stated, but using it for cheap laughs on a show like Gavin & Stacey was a wank move.
     
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  2. Cloud

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    Bi with infinitely more experience on the gay side, but can't say it's something I'm particularly offended by. That's not to say others don't have the right to be offended. But IMO it's not like the Dire Straits one where he's banging on about "the earring and the makeup" which is a lot more directly aimed at the gays.

    I prefer "you taped over Taggart" obviously but think there are more important things to get worked up about like the relentless abuse LGBT people still face day to day especially if they do things like hold hands in the street (around here anyway). If we're pearl clutching too much (no offence, I'm borrowing their language) over a questionable word in a 30 year old song I worry that it makes the general straight public take us a bit less seriously on the more serious and contemporary issues. The "SJWs stifling are freeze peach" brigade don't need any more ammunition IMO. I feel that it's backfired a bit lately and the right wing pushback has given the country whiplash.
     
  3. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    But by ignoring it, it normalises it. It’s the same debate as when Chris Moyles used “that’s so gay” to mean “that’s so shit”. Did it offend me personally? Not at all- I’m as in-PC as they come. Do I think that was him desperately trying to push an agenda? No. Do I think that there were far more important things going on to rally against? Sure! But should the BBC be allowing a 14 year old kid who is worried and confused about his sexuality to sit and listen to stuff like that and normalise that gay= has? Absolutely not. Same principle applies here.
     
  4. Kalabaliken

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    So over Christmas I was out for drinks with a friend. We had just left a gay bar to go round the corner to go to another bar for a nightcap home. There is a bar across the street from the bar we left which has a large smoking terrace directly outside. As we left, two young guys starting heckling us and calling us 'lousy faggots' - now this wasn't in a joking manner. We ignored them and quickly made our exit. It didn't bother me that much, I have heard worse, but I think this proves a point that the term is still being used as an insult, and unlike the N-word, faggot hasn't really been reclaimed by the gay community in the way the word queer has.

    As for Gavin and Stacey - I have never seen it as I fucking HATE James Corden. However, I was considering giving the whole thing a go, but there is no way now. I think THIS irks me more than being in Fairytale of New York! The BBC should really know better by now and the fact the show was the biggest success of Christmas and has had great reviews saddens me that people still think it's acceptable in this day and age to use the word, whether it's for a cheap laugh or not.
     
  5. Chlammy

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    I just don't see the harm in editing it (or re recording if that was ever possible). It hardly is crucial to the song, bar people shouting it out for laughs, and if it offends people for valid reasons then surely that's enough.

    I understand that there are clear differences between the n-word and faggot, but one having a darker historical significance hardly makes it acceptable to normalise the other. Like it or not the word is steeped in abuse and discrimination. We're not talking about queer people reclaiming it, we're talking about 'regular' (in heavy inverted commas) straight people shouting it out in bars and slapping each other's backs over it cause it's oh so hilarious.

    We're at the point now - at last - when people are vilified for using faggot and similar words in a social context. I was reading forum posts from 2011 yesterday, unrelated to this, and the difference was pretty shocking. It's important to take steps in continuing to deal with this.

    Will it change the world to alter the song? No. Will it set the LGBTQ+ movement back years if we don't? No. But it's a small step. And there is a very clear difference between the n-word being used in a Mark Twain book versus faggot being played daily in a song that everyone sings along joyfully to. In character or not. People read novels in relation to the context and understand the characters on that basis. They don't do that with pop songs. 99% of the people singing it are hardly going to be considering whether the character speaking is supposed to be vile.
     
  6. octophone

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    Absolutely. Again, timing. They might have got it under the radar at 10pm on BBCThree in 2008 but not on Christmas Day in 2019.
     
  7. octophone

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    I don't think it has backfired. It's the usual resistance to change. British people hate the notion of having ever been wrong about anything, of having ever done anything wrong and of being anything other than bastions of perfection and decency. Thus when their prejudices are challenged, they become incredibly defensive - this is largely because of the media and how Britain portrays itself, ignoring its war crimes, the 10 million excess deaths in India under the Raj etc. Most people know there are skeletons in the closet and how dare you go looking for the key.

    "Oh so I can't sing the word "faggot" now, is that it???" Well, yes. Not without context or justification anyway and "it's Christmas!" doesn't cut it.

    If we give in on the "small" things, it pushes back progress on the big things. And anyone who thinks the advances in LGBT rights aren't in the course of being rolled back is due to a shock. That case where the transphobe tried to get the legal right to discriminate would have destroyed LGBT rights in the UK, not just legitimised transphobia. This constant moaning from the right about social progress has be fought on all fronts, not just the so-called big battles.
     
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  8. lolly

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    866 complaints received now. And the BBC has issued another statement defending the use of it:

    "'Fairytale of New York' is a well-established, much-loved Christmas song which tells the story of a troubled couple in 1940s New York. The descent of their relationship is reflected in the increasingly abusive and offensive terms they use to address each other; insults which are intended to reflect the language that such characters might have used in that era.

    "The origin of the word includes a definition which describes it as a contemptuous and antiquated word for laziness, and the author of the song has cited this inference behind his inclusion of that line.

    "While the word 'f***ot' is now widely acknowledged as having the potential to offend, the song never suggests or implies that this is, or was ever, an appropriate way to address another person, nor does it link it to homosexuality. Nessa and Bryn were seen singing the original lines and we can assure you there was no intention to offend viewers.

    "We understand that some people will find it offensive in any context but we also recognise that the song is widely played and enjoyed in its original form. Ofcom have previously stated that they feel it is 'unlikely that audiences would widely perceive [the song] as a serious attempt to denigrate the homosexual community'."
     
  9. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I feel like I've been straightsplained.
     
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  10. Lucille

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    WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT.
     
  11. Sheena

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    FUCK OFF
     
  12. Lucille

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    Honestly they were shouting ‘faggot’ on the most viewed program on Christmas Day, how is this even an argument.
     
  13. Lucille

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    The people who defend this shit probably still want golliwogs on marmalade jars.
     
  14. Lucille

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    Also ‘not intending to offend’ does not equal ‘not offensive’.
     
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  15. lolly

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    I think that's the part which riled me the most. Because if they don't understand that, what hope is there?
     
  16. octophone

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    Essentially, it seems to boil down to "it didn't used to mean that". Well so what? Language changes and evolves. In late 90's people would offer to "rip and burn" an album for you and an audience 20 years on either side of that period wouldn't have a fucking clue what you were on about.
     
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  17. Lucille

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    And whilst it might have had a different meaning in the 40s where it’s apparently set, it definitely didn’t mean that in the 80s when it was written.
     

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