It’s that time of year again: straight people demanding the right to sing and play the uncensored version of Fairytale of New York, which contains a homophobic slur.
Huw Lemmey did an excellent piece about it last year:
Well, this is it, from now on. Like the War on Christmas, the faggot debate is set to become a perennial staple of the culture war. Every year column inches will be devoted to it, thinkpieces like this one will be written, people will become more polarised on the issue, and more and more straight people will gleefully sing about faggots, not because they hate queer people but because theyâ€™ll be damned if theyâ€™ll be told what to do by the â€˜wokeâ€™ left. Meanwhile more and more queer people will be reminded of those people who do hate them, and everyone will trust each other a little less and the world will get a little bit shittier for everyone. We need, as a culture, to break out of this loop. The problem is, we wonâ€™t, until itâ€™s too late.
…As for me, I donâ€™t care if you, as a straight person, do or donâ€™t sing the lyric about the faggot, but I would like to live in a society where youâ€™re not desperate to.Â