Fairytale of New York creators claim that the F-slur line was not created as homophobic

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Shane MacGowan, who co-wrote The Pogues’ Christmas song “Fairytale of New York,” has said the track’s controversial “faggot” lyric was not intended to hurt gay people, but if they feel hurt and demand to censor this word, then he is ready to understand them. MacGowen issued a statement saying that “faggot” insult “fitted with the way” the character in “Fairytale of New York” spoke, responding to the massive demands for the lyric to be censored. “She is not supposed to be a nice person, or even a wholesome person. She is a woman of a certain generation at a certain time in history and she is down on her luck and desperate,” he went on. “She is just supposed to be an authentic character and not all characters in songs and stories are angels or even decent and respectable, sometimes characters in songs and stories have to be evil or nasty in order to tell the story effectively.”

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