Mathew Horne has defended the use of the uncensored Fairytale of New York track in Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas special, despite reportedly receiving nearly 900 complaints for the song’s homophobic slur.
During an interview at Tuesday’s National Television Awards on Tuesday – where the cast received the Impact Award for their festive show – the screen star, 41, insisted singing the rendition of The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s tune ‘felt appropriate’.
Gavin Shipman actor Mathew threw his support behind show co-writers Ruth Jones and James Corden‘s script, which featured the word ‘f****t’, as he explained: ‘We felt it was appropriate to use it at Christmas time which is what the song was written for you know.’
Breaking silence: Mathew Horne has defended the use of the uncensored Fairytale of New York track in Gavin and Stacey’s Christmas special (pictured in April 2019)
The controversial scene showed Bryn West and Nessa Jenkins – played by Rob Brydon and Ruth – belting the famous 1987 track, which contains the line: ‘You s*****g, you maggot, you cheap lousy f****t’.
Sharing his thoughts on the backlash, Mathew told Daily Star: ‘Yeah, there was [anger]. I wasn’t really party to that as I don’t really read the news but it is a popular song that has been used for decades.’
In response to the complaints, the BBC insisted there was ‘no intention to offend viewers’, and claimed the word was not linked to homosexuality when the song was written over 30 years ago.
Controversial: The scene showed Bryn West and Nessa Jenkins – played by Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones – belting the festive tune by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, which features the word ‘f****t’
Impressive: The cast received the Impact Award for their festive show during Tuesday’s National Television Awards (pictured L-R with Joanna Page, Alison Steadman, Ruth, Laura Aikman, Rob and Robert Wilfort
A statement from the broadcaster read: ‘Fairytale of New York is a well-established, much-loved Christmas song which tells the story of a troubled couple in 1940s New York.
‘The descent of their relationship is reflected in the increasingly abusive and offensive terms they use to address each other; insults which are intended to reflect the language that such characters might have used in that era.
‘The origin of the word includes a definition which describes it as a contemptuous and antiquated word for laziness, and the author of the song has cited this inference behind his inclusion of that line.
Candid: At the ceremony, he said: ‘We felt it was appropriate to use it at Christmas time which is what the song was written for you know’
‘While the word “f****t” is now widely acknowledged as having the potential to offend, the song never suggests or implies that this is, or was ever, an appropriate way to address another person, nor does it link it to homosexuality.’
The Bad Education actor’s co-star Joanna Page – who plays his on-screen wife Stacey – has also spoken out about the moment, insisting she didn’t pay much attention to the furore.
She told the publication: ‘It wasn’t something I was annoyed about. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. They can watch something and they have their own right so I mean, it’s up everybody what they think and feel.’
‘I wasn’t annoyed’: The Bad Education actor’s co-star Joanna – who plays his on-screen wife – previously said she didn’t pay much attention to the furore
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