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BBC Radio DJ Calls For Fairytale Of New York To Be Banned

BBC Radio DJ Calls For Fairytale Of New York To Be Banned

The presenter told listeners that he was no longer comfortable playing the controversial Christmas classic

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A radio presenter has asked people to stop listening to 'Fairytale of New York' because it is too offensive.

BBC DJ Alex Dyke went on a three-minute rant to his listeners, claiming the song was an 'offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge' and should be banned from the airwaves.

And while many look forward this time of year just so they can play the classic Pogues tune, the 57-year-old disc jockey was not having any of it.

In a now-deleted tweet, Dyke wrote: "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 down market chav bilge. We can do better!"

Dyke doesn't like the classic Pogues song.

He later explained to his listeners why he hated the song so much, telling them that he wasn't going to play it again.

Speaking during his show, he said: "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."

The granddad went on to say that he was 'making a stand for the good of the people'.

He told his listeners that he no longer felt comfortable playing the song.

He said: "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 down market bilge."

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

A spokesperson for the BBC told LADbible: "This was Alex's decision. There is no ban. We have a strict music policy that we expect to be followed."

This isn't the first time the radio presenter has made waves. In 2015, he was taken off the air by the BBC over his comments regarding breastfeeding breached Ofcom's broadcasting rules.

He was briefly suspended from his BBC Radio Solent gig after saying during a phone-in that it was 'unnatural' and 'has to be stopped' in public.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Alex Dyke/PA

Topics: Christmas, UK News, Music, Interesting, UK Entertainment