An online debate has been spurred as to whether the hit 1987 Christmas song Fairytale of New York, performed by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, should be censored for its use of the word “faggot”. Today seen as a homophobic slur and widely agreed to be unacceptable in public discourse, one of the song’s most memorable lyrics sung by Kirsty MacColl is the line “you scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot”. The debate stems from Irish Radio broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, who works for 2FM, a radio station run by Ireland’s public service broadcaster RTÉ: This debate rolls around again. I asked the two gay members of my team how they feel, since faggot is their N word. If people want to slur the gay community, this is their most powerful weapon. One favours censoring, the other out
Christmas has officially begun as we venture to the Land of sweets once more with the Royal Ballet, greeted with splendour, majesty and magic. There is no better companion to the festive season than Tchaikovsky's twinkling notes of the celesta which instantaneously transport you to a magical realm of childhood dreams of dancing the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. There is so often a sense of déjà-vu this time of year. Settling yet again into plush velvet seats and the muffled hum of Christmas spirit in the air mixed with a buzz of champagne. However, as the curtain lifts to reveal a new rendition as breathtaking as the Royal Ballet, you almost feel a gust of shame for ever doubting. This rendition brings a new sense of the story to the two brilliantly
Christmas is a key time for advertisers large and small. November may seem a bit too early for some to bring it into discussion, but now that December has arrived, Christmas is on everyone's lips and can't really be avoided. Each year brands invest large sums of money and are looking to deliver advertising with emotional resonance in the hope they will make it in the top of the most appreciated commercials or will simply boost their profit. Many people now see the official start of Christmas as when they hear or see a particular advertisement. This year hasn't been out of controversies. It started with Iceland, whose animation ad was banned from TV broadcast as it was originally created for a political group (Greenpeace) and that would have been unlawful. https://twitter.com/J...
'Tis the season to be jolly; Christmas is upon us! In the wake of February's Oxfam scandal, where aid-workers were alleged to have hired prostitutes while working in Haiti, charities are under more scrutiny than ever. We are increasingly aware that charities misspend donations, so how can you be sure that a charity will actually use your money for good? According to Cathy Pharoah, professor of Charity funding at London's Cass Business School, the amount we give to charity in the UK goes up by 5% in December. The amount individuals are donating never really budges but more of us give to charity in the build up to Christmas, probably because we become more conscious of the less fortunate as we indulge in care-free Christmas gluttony. See also: Pup-up for charity While it is a gr