United Kingdom: British singer arrested for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’



United Kingdom:
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.”

Racism charges were allegedly a PR stunt

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.
They took exception to the lyric, interpreted it as racial harassment and reported it to the police, who then just happened to contact Mr Ledger while he was eating at a Chinese restaurant.
“Racist? Me guv? How could I be? You’ve caught me right in the middle of me sweet and sour.”
Whoever made the call knew the police had no alternative but to follow it up — and in these politically correct times some sort of fatuous charge was virtually inevitable.
Cue foaming outrage in tabloid land at over-reaction and gross miscarriage of justice.
A few days later, a former local radio chappy just happened to contact Carl Douglas (the man who made the original recording 37 years ago and then disappeared into well-deserved oblivion) and he just happened to agree to do a remake with Mr Ledger.
So it’s publicity galore, a resounding ‘kerching’ and a win-win for everyone.
A slick piece of profitable self-promotion all round, thanks to a couple of national newspapers who should have known better.
Nice one lads. It was a clever idea and it worked a treat.”

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BBC News – 27 April 2011:

‘Isle of Wight musician’s ‘racist’ arrest over song’

Other sources

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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