Nessa and Bryn’s singalong caused friction among fans (Image: BBC)
The Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special received 11 complaints from Ofcom for the use of the word “f **** t”, and more are expected to arrive from the BBC.
Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) went to the Dolphin karaoke for their biannual tradition of a long song, and chose to sing the Christmas classic of The Pogues.
With Ness becoming Barry’s own version of Shane MacGowan and Bryn Kirsty MacColl, the couple got up and danced while drinks flowed on Christmas Eve.
However, when it came to the offensive line in which Kirsty declares Shane as “cheap shit,” which has become a divisive issue since the 1980s and in terms of acceptable language, the lyrics were not censored.
At that time, fans rushed to Twitter to complain about the use of the word, and many called it a “homophobic insult,” although Ofcom has said Metro.co.uk that so far they have received 11 complaints, and more are expected to arrive.
The BBC, which also has its own complaints procedure, has confirmed that they have received a number of objections regarding the use of the word, although they have not yet commented on how many.
The crowd cheered and even recognized the offensive word (Image: BBC)
During the moment the line was sung, Gavin (Mathew Horne) even recognized his offense potential by making a blatant “oooh!” To wife Stacey (Joanna Page).
Many felt it was inappropriate for the program to choose to keep it, especially considering that they could have solved it if they had wanted to.
As a result, some were rejected by the almost perfect meeting special and discouraged them from enjoying the episode as a whole.
I love Gavin and Stacey, but including the “f * ggot” line in the New York fairy tale is careless and a real missed opportunity. Imagine if Nessa had simply said “Oh, Bryn! To be honest, at the end of the day, I feel uncomfortable using that word in 2019.”
– Little Saint Nick Levine (@mrnicklevine) December 25, 2019
There was literally zero need to include that word in the #GavinandStacey karaoke scene. Not in 2019. pic.twitter.com/g75s0NpB3w
– Aaron (@captain_az) December 25, 2019
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE #GavinandStacey, but could you have left the damn word out of the New York Fairy Tale?
– ind ⚢ (@indialils) December 25, 2019
Give me an artistic reason why they included The Fairytale of New York in the episode and they didn’t cut themselves before the “fag” verse, I’ll listen to you. But it’s an offensive insult and I didn’t need to be there #GavinandStacey
– Josh (@sean_joshua_) December 25, 2019
@JKCorden @BBCOne For most gay men, the word “F” is the same as the words “N” and “P” for the BAME community. FTONY is a beautiful song, but that letter has obvious homophobic connotations and I think it was a bad decision to use it #GavinandStacey
– Lip Sanders (@LipSanders) December 26, 2019
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