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Videos can use content-based copyright law contains reasonable use Fair Use (https://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/).  The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special has been hit with controversy after its decision to use an uncensored version of Fairytale of New York.  In the anticipated upcoming episode, a singalong down the Dolphin with the gang will see the fan favourites sing along to the controversial Christmas anthem, including its use of the word f****t instead of working around it.  The scene saw the combined Billericay/Barry family cheering as the word f****t played out.  Peter Tatchell, LGBT rights campaigner and Gay Liberation Front member, has now spoken out urging the BBC to reconsider and edit around it.  ‘It would send completely the wrong signal. It will give comfort to homophobes everywhere,’ he told The Times.  He added: ‘The BBC would not screen a Christmas song with the n-word in it. It would be deemed deeply prejudiced and unacceptable.  ‘So why the double standards when it comes to the f-word?’  ‘Fairytale of New York is a very popular, much loved Christmas song played widely throughout the festive season, and the lyrics are well established with the audience,’ a BBC spokesperson said in the show’s defence.  The controversy surrounding Fairytale of New York has been long-standing thanks in part to The Pogues’ lead singer Shane MacGowan not understanding ‘why it’s offensive’.  Earlier this month, BBC Radio Solent presenter Alex Dyke announced he was ‘no longer comfortable’ playing Fairytale of New York on his show, tweeting: ‘‘Radio, let’s ban Fairytale Of New York this Christmas! ”You’re a slut on junk, you scumbag, cheap lousy f****t” – is this what we want our kids singing in the back of the car?    ‘It’s an offensive pile of downmarket chav bilge. We can do better!’  The song sees Shane MacGowan and Kirsty McCall hurl insults at each other in a drunken stupor on Christmas eve.  Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas Special airs Christmas Day at 8.30pm on BBC One.
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