When queer and culture writer Harrison Brocklehurst tweeted "This is all I'm gonna say on it for the whole year: the word itself being in Fairytale Of New York doesn't bother or offend me, but straight people being so angry & outraged at its removal and literally fighting and arguing for the right to sing it bothers me deeply" they quoted-tweeted, writing only "This".
Insiders told MailOnline the move was a response to concerns hearing the words "sl*t" and "f***ot" on BBC Radio 1 would not "meet the expectations" of its listeners.
However, the BBC feels that Radio 1's younger demographic would want to hear the edited version.
Concerned that the lyrics may be offensive due to the use of the homophobic slur "f****t", the station has said that young listeners were especially "sensitive to derogatory terms for gender and sexuality".
Within the BBC's rafter of other radio stations, the broadcaster said that BBC Radio 2, which airs adult contemporary music such as 1970s soft rock, will play the original version of "Fairytale of New York".More news: Marvel's Avengers provides Kate Bishop in December with 'Taking AIM' replace
Radio 1 chose to edit the words "f****t" and "sl*t" from the track - sung by Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl in 1987. This Christmas only the new version will be broadcast on Radio 1'.
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", he said.
It comes after the BBC addressed their decision in a statement today.
Last year, the BBC defended using the unedited version of the 1987 song in the Gavin & Stacey Christmas special.
So, the BBC hasn't edited the song for certain radio stations.More news: YouTube to run ads on some creator videos but won't pay them
The track was first censored in 2007 by BBC Radio 1 but the resulting backlash caused them to reverse the decision.
The song, which has been a hit a couple of times since being released 33 years ago (including now; it's currently #57 on the United Kingdom singles chart), has been controversial from the start.
The iconic song's lyrics have been an annual source of debate in recent years and BBC Radio 1 has chose to play an alternative version of the track this year, using different lyrics sung by MacColl.
The new edited version alters replaces two lines with MacColl singing "You're cheap and you're haggard" in place of a homophobic slur.
6 Music, meanwhile, has said both versions can be played, at the discretion of each individual presenter.More news: Public Health reports 40 COVID-19 new cases since November 13