Matthew Wright has responded to criticism on Twitter after he shared his views on the censorship of The Pogues’ Christmas song Fairytale of New York on This Morning.
This week, it was revealed that BBC Radio 1 will play an edited version of Fairytale of New York, replacing slurs in the lyrics with different words to avoid offending young listeners.
On Friday, while in conversation with Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford and India Willoughby on This Morning, Matthew, 55, commented on the fact that the BBC ‘feel that their young listeners find that word unacceptable’, in reference to the homophobic slur in the original lyrics.
‘I find this rather intriguing, because I think we shouldn’t put too much value on words, it’s the intention that has mattered,’ Matthew said.
The television presenter stated that MacGowan has discussed the use of the word in the song in the past, saying: ‘He says it’s a character that expresses these views, it’s not his view.’
The Pogues recently retweeted several tweets about the reasoning behind the censorship of Fairytale of New York, in addition to savagely calling out Laurence Fox for his opposition to the decision.
On This Morning, Matthew also drew comparisons to other songs that may cause offense, mentioning a tweet recently posted by a friend of his, Simon London, where he said he finds it ‘offensive being told every year it never snows or rains in Africa’, in reference to Band Aid’s 1984 song Do They Know It’s Christmas.
Matthew continued, stating: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – breaking news, Rudolph doesn’t have a red nose.
‘This is misrepresentation of reindeer working for Father Christmas. When is it going to stop?’
Following his appearance on This Morning, several viewers criticised Matthew’s comments on Twitter, with one person writing: ‘Is Matthew Wright honestly comparing a homophobic slur with Rudolph’s nose like it’s the same thing?!’
‘Oh look, we have @matthew_wright – a straight, white male – telling people who are offended by the word f****t that we shouldn’t be offended,’ someone else said.
‘Until you’ve had the word used against you in a homophobic way, you don’t have the right.’
Another tweeted: ‘@Matthew_Wright really just compared the hurt that gay people feel about having f****t screamed in their faces every year, with Rudolph (fictional reindeer) being misrepresented with a red nose on @thismorning and we wonder why LGBT people are still facing bullying and discrimination.’
Matthew responded to a couple of the critical comments he received on Twitter, stating: ‘Interesting how you don’t address my comment on it never raining or snowing in Africa which @slondonuk tweeted about so brilliantly yesterday.’
One line in The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York, which is sung by Kirsty MacColl and sparks controversy on an annual basis, goes: ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t,’ while another line, sung by frontman Shane MacGowan, goes: ‘You’re an old slut on junk.’
In a statement, the BBC said: ‘We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience.’
The broadcaster outlined that 6 Music presenters will have a choice whether to play the edited or original version of the track, while the unedited version will be played on Radio 2.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.