Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mid-Week Post

A nice, daffodilly start to the Easter season....

How offensive is "Kung Fu Fighting"?

A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting.

The song, performed by Simon Ledger, 34, is said to have offended two Chinese people as they walked past the bar where he was singing.

The entertainer regularly performs the 1974 number one hit, originally by disco star Carl Douglas, at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown, on the Isle of Wight.

But after one of the passers-by reported his routine on Sunday afternoon, Mr Ledger was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment.

‘We were performing Kung Fu Fighting, as we do during all our sets,’ he said.

‘People of all races were loving it.  Chinese people have never been offended by it before.

‘But this lad walking past with his mum started swearing at us and making obscene hand gestures before taking a picture on his mobile phone.

'We hadn’t even seen them when we started the song. He must have phoned the police.’

Officers later called Mr Ledger while he was eating in a Chinese restaurant to arrange a meeting.

The singer assumed it was a prank – but he was later arrested and is still under investigation.

‘They seemed pretty amazed but said the law is the law and it was their duty,’ he is reported to have said.

I assure you, if kung fu fighting WAS offensive, THIS guy would let you know.

There is so much wrong with this. First of all, Carl Douglas gets the short end of the stick and ABBA does not spend ONE minute in jail for its disco travesties? Just wrong. Secondly, how and why have we let idiots have so much power to change the course of not only the law but the entirety of Western civilisation? Since when is "aggravated racism" a crime on par with- oh, let's say- aggravated assault? In a sane world, it isn't. Make no mistake, racism is a disgusting attack on the human person and on reason but we are fooling ourselves if we think that "aggravated racism" constitutes a legitimate crime rather than an offense conjured up by politically correct bullies for whom anything and everything is offensive. I thought show trials, forced confessions and re-education went the way of the Yugo (save in North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and other Third World hell-holes). Now, the entire system is geared toward padding things. For as much as people might find this situation absurd, they cannot divorce their thoughts from it. Could they ever imagine the state NOT interfering and declaring ANY slight to be a crime or something that needs regulation? Are we children in need of constant protection? Shall we place corks at the ends of forks next?  Thirdly, why do we infantilise grown people? Whatever happened to walking away while plugging one's ears if the strains of the disco martial arts anthem was so noxious? But that would give power to intelligent, thick-skinned individuals who are able to distinguish a SONG from a slur (which the song is hardly).

And now, "Kung Fu Fighting".

Pull this stunt anywhere else and it would be a news quip. We don't HAVE to give them a state, you know.

(hat tip)

How will inflation affect how China puts down a revolt?

From a tasteless attack to a parallel on eugenics. Leftists are both cockroaches and Medusa- they hate the light and mirrors.

Layton as PM means sticking it to the taxpayer and his descendants.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Ledger should sue and the complainant(s) should be fined or charged for filing a frivolous complaint. I would consider deportment as an option for the complainant(s).
Officers involved should also be charged with an abuse-of-authority type of crime and released from employment. Don't play politically correct cop for the sake of your own career and RUIN me in the process. Can an Italian get me arrested if I sing a song called "I Hate Pizza"? Stop the PC bullsh*t now. Everyone is very, very VERY tired of it.


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Don't you know? Anyone with hurt feelings can sue these days.

They should start handing out lollipops at litigations.