Charges of homophobia are still dogging Gavin & Stacey’s Christmas show – weeks after it aired.
A tidy 11 million viewers tuned in to the festive special, which marked the BBC sitcom’s comeback after 10 years.
But nearly 900 have now complained about Bryn (Rob Brydon) and Nessa (Ruth Jones) singing the word “faggot” as they performed The Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York.
Ruth, who created the show with co-star James Corden, defended the karaoke act.
She said she wanted to remain “true to its characters”.
And Ruth added: “They are not necessarily going to be completely politically correct or be aware of political correctness.” The Beeb said there was “no intention to offend viewers”.
A spokesman added: “We understand some people will find it offensive in any context but we also recognise that the song is widely played and enjoyed in its original form.
“Ofcom have previously stated that they feel it is ‘unlikely that audiences would widely perceive [the song] as a serious attempt to denigrate the homosexual community’.”
The BBC also pointed out that “faggot” was originally “a word for laziness”.
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