Alexa bans festive classic ‘Fairytale of New York’ over ‘explicit’ lyric

Known as one of the iconic festive hits of the season, Fairytale of New York is a classic.

But if you're hoping to play it on your Amazon Alexa speaker you might not get to enjoy the belter.

Alexa has reportedly banned the hit song over it's 'explicit lyrics'.

Several Amazon Alexa users claim their speakers are refusing to pay the song this week, writes the Mirror Online.

One frustrated user told TheSun: “Alexa was playing it fine one minute, then overnight decided it was offensive. I can play it by turning off the explicit lyrics filter I have for my kids.”

The hit song, sung by Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan, has proved controversial due to its lyrics, including f****t and slut.

BBC Radio One has even changed some of the lyrics and muted others, and have adapted it for various audiences on their radio stations.

A BBC spokesman said: "We know the song is considered a Christmas classic and we will continue to play it this year, with our radio stations choosing the version of the song most relevant for their audience."

Speaking in 2018, Mr MacGowan defended the lyrics.

He explained: “The word was used by the character because it fitted with the way she would speak and with her character. 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. Her dialogue is as accurate as I could make it, but she is not intended to offend.

"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.”

DailyStar have approached Amazon for comment.

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