One of Britain’s top private schools has changed the lyrics of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ to ‘Gentlefolk’ because the centuries-old carol’s words were not “accessible to all”.
/Daily Telegraph reports.
The booklet used by pupils at the services lists the song’s name as ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlefolk’, while the song sheet given to the school’s choir shows the ‘men’ in ‘Gentlemen’ crossed out and replaced with ‘folk’.
A spokesman for the school, whose alumni include cricketer Phil Tufnell and poet T.S. Eliot, confirmed it had made the politically correct “update” to the song, which is thought to date back to the 16th century or farther.
He said: “Its original lyrics long predate modern progress in gender equality, and it was felt right to update them for the 21st century, making the lyrics more inclusive and accessible to all.”
The move was blasted by UKIP Education Spokesman David Kurten, who told Breitbart London: “It is a bad day when a once great and centuries-old school stops upholding the traditions and culture of the nation and starts bowing to the latest fads…
/not just ridiculous but also an Orwellian rewriting of a cherished part of our history by the politically correct thought police.”