British singer arrested for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’
|Police in Isle of Wight, off the southern coast of England, arrested a singer on racism charges after a 32-year-old man, reportedly of Chinese descent, had complained about the singer’s performance of the song ‘Kung Fu Fighting’.
The 34-year-old singer and keyboardist Simon Ledger told Britain’s The Sun newspaper that during a Sunday afternoon performance at the Driftwood Beach Bar he and his band were performing the 1970s classic hitsong ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ as they had been doing many times before when a man of Chinese origin walked by with his mother, hurled an expletive and made an obscene hand gesture at the performers, and then took a photo with his cell phone.
The 32-year-old later called the Police and told that he had been ‘subjected to racial abuse’. Simon Ledger was bailed by police and is to be questioned later.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman was quoted as saying: “An investigation into this allegation is continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened.”
On 10 June 2011 Keith Newbery wrote in Isle of Wight County Press:
“We are being asked to believe that when Simon was singing Kung-Fu Fighting on the seafront at Sandown, two of the most over-sensitive Chinese people in the country just happened to be passing.
BBC News – 27 April 2011:
‘Isle of Wight musician’s ‘racist’ arrest over song’
MSNBC.com – 27 April 2011:
‘Man arrested for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting”
The Sun – 27 April 2011:
‘Cops to quiz Kung Fu Fighting singer’
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