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30th Nov 2023

The Pogues insulting Laurence Fox is being reshared following Shane MacGowan’s death

Stephen Porzio

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“Among his finest work, this. RIP Shane.”

Earlier today, it was announced that Irish music legend Shane MacGowan has passed away at the age of 65.

The news of the singer-songwriter’s death has sparked an outpouring of tributes, with many taking to social media to remember the Pogues’ frontman.

One particular moment involving MacGowan that is being reshared in the wake of his passing is the time his band took to Twitter to putdown conservative political activist Laurence Fox.

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The Pogues’ insulting Laurence Fox is being reshared following Shane MacGowan’s death

The incident occurred in 2020 when Fox – in a since deleted Tweet – complained about the BBC announcing that Radio 1 would be playing a censored version of the Pogues’ iconic Christmas song ‘Fairytale of New York’.

Fox wrote: “The cultural commissars at the BBC are telling you what is and isn’t appropriate for your ignorant little ears. Wouldn’t it be nice if we sent the (proper) version to the top of the charts? #DefundTheBBC. RT.”

Responding to Fox in short but brutal fashion, the band reshared Fox’s tweet with the caption: “F**k off you little herrenvolk shite.”

You can read various tweets reminiscing about the moment following MacGowan’s passing below, with one user writing: “Among his finest work, this. RIP Shane.”

Meanwhile, just hours after news of MacGowan’s passing, there is already a large push to make ‘Fairytale of New York’ a Christmas number 1 this year.

You can read about the disputed origins of the classic track by the Pogues right here.

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