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Kirsty MacColl and Shane MacGowan performing Fairytale Of New York: should the song now be shunned? Pic: Getty

In today’s enlightened climate, there’s no getting around it: a lot of our old favourite songs, films and books are going to have to go in the bin

No matter how much tinsel we drape over the problem in an effort at a Christmassy disguise, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, it has become glaringly obvious that some of our favourite old movies, songs and books have become impossible to love, or at least to stand over, in the modern era. Sure, there will always be commentators – mainly white, straight guys and Katie Hopkins – who’ll tell you different; who’ll bitch...

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