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BBC Radio 1 to air version of Fairytale of New York without homophobic slur

The festive staple is one of the most played Christmas songs in history, but has been condemned by the LGBTQ+ community in recent years for the use of the word “f****t”.

It sees frontman Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl adopting the roles of a toxic couple whose marriage is on the brink of collapse.

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