The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan responded to criticism regarding the band’s Christmas song “Fairytale of New York,” dismissing allegations that anti-gay slur included in the 1987 ballad was intended to offend.
MacGowan said in a statement published by Irish Times that the term “cheap lousy ****” was used by the song’s character, Kirsty MacColl, because it “fitted with the way she would speak,” noting the “she is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person.”
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“Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it but she is not intended to offend!” the Pogues singer continued.
McGowan concluded his statement by revealing that he is in favor...