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Video goes viral of students singing ‘f*ggot’ as it’s the only Fairytale of New York lyric they know

Video goes viral of students singing ‘f*ggot’ as it’s the only Fairytale of New York lyric they know

Georgia Walshe recorded students singing along to Fairytale of New York | Photo: Georgia Walse

A video has gone viral online of students loudly singing ‘faggot’ as it’s the only Fairytale of New York lyric they know.

Georgia Walshe, a 19-year-old education studies student, is not a fan of a few of her University of Birmingham classmates.

The Birmingham-born gay teen heard a flat party upstairs on Tuesday night (11 December). She says it was an ‘upper-class, homophobic, racist’ group of Conservative voters (Tories).

And one song that was playing was The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York.

Knowing the group of students, it turns out the only lyric they knew was its most infamous.

In the song, Kirsty MacColl sings ‘You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot.’

The lyric has been the target of criticism for many in the LGBTI community. Many believe the line should be censored on TV and radio.

Students sing ‘f*ggot’ as it’s the only Fairytale of New York lyric they know

‘I just don’t associate with these people,’ Walshe told Gay Star News, talking about that group. ‘They’re not my type of people. I don’t know them by name.

She added: ‘I’ve met a lot of those lot in the first few weeks [from freshers parties]. I’ve heard them sing along and use the ‘N’ word in songs.

‘When I heard Fairytale of New York come on, I knew what I was going to hear. It’s part of their entitled homophobic bigotry.’

Georgia standing by a Homophobia Is Gay sign | Photo: Supplied

Walshe has said, as she has a rainbow coat, she gets a lot of ‘funny looks’ going to and from her student halls.

‘When they get the chance to sing “faggot”, they’re going to sing “faggot”,’ Walshe said.

‘They were playing some crap music and keeping me up. I just thought, “I’m going to make an example of this.”‘

She said it would have been different if they had sung the entire song at the same level.

Georgia Walshe is an education studies student | Photo: Supplied

‘It was the way it was used and the fact they got louder at that lyric,’ Walshe added.

‘It really annoyed me. Sing the whole song. If you only know that one lyric, play another song.’

Walsh has said she has heard them also use the word ‘gay’ as an insult. The group also acts ‘entitled’ and arrogant towards anyone who is not part of their group.

But, thankfully, she has other friends at her uni, in her home city and frequents the LGBTI scene often.

The Pogues’ frontman Shane MacGowan has defended the anti-gay lyric

Fairytale of New York is problematic, but does that make it a problem? | Photo: YouTube
Fairytale of New York is problematic, but does that make it a problem? | Photo: YouTube

The Pogues’ frontman Shane MacGowan has recently issued a statement on the lyric.

‘The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character,’ he wrote.

‘She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person. ‘

He said he no issue with the lyric being censored during airplay.

‘If people don’t understand that I was trying to accurately portray the character as authentically as possible then I am absolutely fine with them bleeping the word but I don’t want to get into an argument,’ he concluded.

Walshe says she doesn’t have strong feelings about censoring the song, but says she doesn’t like people singing that lyric.

‘If kids are singing it, it’s bringing back the slur,’ she said.

‘It gives them reason to use the word when it shouldn’t be used in today’s society.’

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