His Kung Fu Was Strong, But Not Strong Enough to Beat Political Correctness

posted at 12:20 pm on April 28, 2011 by Jimmie Bise, Jr

Just when you think the world can’t get any more crazy, it pulls over to a siding and hooks another car on the Crazy Train. This past Sunday, police in Britain actually arrested a keytarist named Simon Ledger for singing Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting”.

Now, I know what you may be thinking. If you put together a list of songs that, in a perfect world, could get a person arrested, that one would be right up there, along with Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”. Surely in such a beautiful utopia, the use of a keytar in performance of that tune would be the aggravating circumstances punishable by 40 hours of “Roseanne Barr and Barney the Dinosaur — Together At Last”. I’m right there with you.

However, that’s not why Ledger ran afoul of British law. His offense was far more 21st Century. He went to jail because someone thought he was making fun of Chinese people.

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.

According to Ledger and the owner of the pub, the man who made the complain wasn’t even inside the pub when he began the song. When he heard it, according to the witnesses, he began cursing and making obscene gestures at Ledger then found a police officer and pressed his complaint. The police contacted the keytarist after his show, when he was having dinner in, of all places, a nearby Chinese restaurant. I suppose the tales of his wicked musical insensitivity had not yet spread across the neighborhood.

The local police say they must treat the allegation of a “racially aggravated” crime seriously, and in Britain these days, merely singing a song about King Fu is enough to qualify as racial harassment. I suppose the British government has handled all its other problems (its barely-breathing economy comes to mind here) and can turn its full attention to stamping out the Racist Disco Menace.

Jimmie runs The Sundries Shack and has his own very entertaining podcast called “The Delivery”. He is also an amateur musician, an aspiring composer, an unrepentant geek and an avid fan of Twitter.


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Semprini

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM

My fave part of the story was how he heard that the police were looking for him: After the set, this oriental-hater got the call while eating at a Chinese restaurant with some friends!

Johnny 100 Pesos on April 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Can we stop, please stop diluting the definition of racism?

1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
2. abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief

I am just curious how objecting to the presidents policies, or telling stereotypical race based jokes (based on observable stereotypes), or singing “King Fu Fighting” in front of a Chinese person meet that definition.

Ridiculous.

cktheman on April 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Stupid gaijin. I know that’s Japanese, but whatever.

gryphon202 on April 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

PC gone amok.

AH_C on April 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It’s starting to get dangerous for the law abiding in the UK:

Farmer menaced with death threats by gang of travellers dials 999… and police turn up to confiscate her shotguns

Having confronted travellers cutting down trees on her farm, terminally-ill Tracy St Clair Pearce found herself subjected to a terrifying ordeal.

Some of the group pelted her with rocks while a youth threatened to slit her throat and slaughter her cattle.

When she dialled 999 she expected the full weight of the law to be on her side.

Instead, however, police officers criticised her for inflaming the situation and confiscated her legally held shotguns – even though they had been locked away in a cabinet at home throughout the incident.

Insert witty screen name here on April 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Stupidest charge ever. It’s as if the Brits are TRYING to make people laugh at their legal system.

Aitch748 on April 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

So it’s a crime in the UK to hurt someones feelings or make them feel bad. Take note everyone, this is what years of liberalism and progressive education lead to. Some days I just wish that stupid island would tip over (like Guam). They’re setting a bad example for the rest of the world -US included- to follow.

Tommy_G on April 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

My wife is Thai. So I will quote one of her favorite comments “Erections have consequences”

VegasRick on April 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

It’s a fun and upbeat song. Is the complainer ashamed of his heritage? Maybe, he’s the racist?

Blake on April 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Can’t be too careful. Say, can we borrow some bombs from someone? For Libya, I mean.

a capella on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Semprini

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Words that can no longer be used in this post:

B*m
B*tty
W**-W**
Kn*ckers
Kn*ckers
Semprini

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

He’s in Great Britain, shouldn’t he be singing Procol Harum’s “Whiter shade of pale”? Or “Be a dentist” from the movie Little Shop of Horrors?

batterup on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

The key point in the above definition of actual racism is intrinsic superiority.

That type of racism leads to serious tragedies that have unfolded from some of the most evil men in history. Hitler, and others come to mind.

Now, even pointing out an obvious difference in culture is held up as racism. Beyond PC run amok, its downright dangerous to your freedom.

cktheman on April 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

He should have been arrested simply for using a “keytar”…

JetBoy on April 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

:)

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Oh, we see how it is, England. A black man can’t have a hit song?

Jim Treacher on April 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

He’s in Great Britain, shouldn’t he be singing Procol Harum’s “Whiter shade of pale”? Or “Be a dentist” from the movie Little Shop of Horrors?

batterup on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Here is there song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBasdIOVY7c

VegasRick on April 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

wonder if they show a christmas story there?

fa ra ra ra ra

offroadaz on April 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I had 1.03 in Amazon MP3 credits, I decided to buy this song with it.

amazingmets on April 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Glad I escaped.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Britain cracks down.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfU6bmKsoko

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Semprini?

OUT!

thebrokenrattle on April 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Who! … Ha! Who! … Ha! I’m going to have to watch Big Trouble in Little China again soon. I love that movie.

j_galt on April 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

wonder if they show a christmas story there?

fa ra ra ra ra

offroadaz on April 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Chop!

j_galt on April 28, 2011 at 12:37 PM

FREE THE PINA COLADA SONG!!

(oh–andSimonLedgertoo)

inviolet on April 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Glad I escaped.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I’ve always loved the Brits, but the Blairites et al really destroyed the things I’ve loved most. Perfect example of how PC can pervert a national culture.

a capella on April 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

How far they have fallen:

The Magna Carta in 1215 to ‘racially aggravated harassment’ 2011

What’s the UK term for Laughingstock – or is that also ‘racially aggravated harassment’?

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

FREE THE PINA COLADA SONG!!

(oh–andSimonLedgertoo)

inviolet on April 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Ah, it’s you.

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Did the obtain his birth certificate?

I KID, I KID.

Good Lt on April 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Now if he was singing “Turning Japanese” then maybe we would have something.

bbordwell on April 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

This will anger Britanistans Muslims, victimization is their gig.

BL@KBIRD on April 28, 2011 at 12:42 PM

He was arrested as fast as lightning. Ba-dum bum….

joejm65 on April 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I think I’m turning Japanese
Everybody Wang Chung tonight

KZnextzone on April 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

he began cursing and making obscene gestures at Ledger then found a police officer and pressed his complaint.

While in public?

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

My wife is Thai. So I will quote one of her favorite comments “Erections have consequences”

VegasRick on April 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Bahahaha

Funny

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Alexandra Wallace doesn’t stand a chance in the UK!

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

The local police say they must treat the allegation of a “racially aggravated” crime seriously

Yeah, okay Mr. Policeman, but there has to be a “crime” that occurred that was racially aggravated.

Singing a popular song in a bar isn’t a crime, is it?

Lawrence on April 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Monty Python is probably going to be banned next.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

“Fa ra ra ra raaa, ra raa, raa, raaaa.”

Akzed on April 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

He played that song in every set, just a-hopin’ a Chinese guy might wander by at that exact moment and listen in from the street.

Throw the book at him!

mankai on April 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Monty Python is probably going to be banned next.
Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

…well, they make fun of people with silly walks.

Akzed on April 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

he began cursing and making obscene gestures at Ledger then found a police officer and pressed his complaint.

While in public?

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Sorta sounds like: racially aggravated harassment don’t it?

Careful! The PC sword cuts both ways (at least the English version)

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I won’t rest until Sugar Shack is banned.

Mason on April 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

US included- to follow.

Tommy_G on April 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Doubt it.
It takes a while, but Americans resist change.
Just look at how our adoption of the metric system has gone.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

BTW, isn’t that song used in Kung Fu Panda which is popular with Chinese youths? Hmmmmmmmm

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

a capella on April 28, 2011 at 12:40 PM

I got out in ’72 – the year that the Common Market was formed. I knew what was on the horizon.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

This is a little bit frightening.

BobMbx on April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Just remember to thank the French in helping us dissolve the bonds with that ever-evolving lunacy.

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

I guess Ray Stevens should drop the British tour. Ahab The Arab would cause the Brits to call in storm troopers. This by a nation that faces a crime wave against white Brits by Muslims that dwarfs anything in America, and is too scared to even acknowledge the obvious.

pat on April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Sorta sounds like: racially aggravated harassment don’t it?

Careful! The PC sword cuts both ways (at least the English version)

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Seems like the “victims” could end up in a boat load of trouble for some sort of public indecency.

Someone call Al Sharpton!

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Monty Python is probably going to be banned next.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Why not – Benny Hill was.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Monty Python is probably going to be banned next.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Why not – Benny Hill was.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Now I have a distinct compulsion to put on Yakety Sax…

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Now I have a distinct compulsion to put on Yakety Sax…

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Heh!

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

He should have been arrested simply for using a “keytar”…

Okay…I failed on the “pudding” thing a week or two ago.

I feel another, yet epic fail, coming.

What is a keytar?

BobMbx on April 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

BTW, isn’t that song used in Kung Fu Panda which is popular with Chinese youths? Hmmmmmmmm

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

It’s all good when a cool Panda sings the song. Of course, I call my Chinese buddy chink all the time. And he prefers to use white devil. But anyway …

j_galt on April 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

It’s all good when a cool Panda sings the song. Of course, I call my Chinese buddy chink all the time. And he prefers to use white devil. But anyway …

j_galt on April 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Heh

Obama has ruined the economy so much, in China, the Chinese word for American is a curse word /s

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

What is a keytar?

BobMbx on April 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Basically a keyboard slung over the shoulder and played like a guitar. Big in the 80′s.

JetBoy on April 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Sorta sounds like: racially aggravated harassment don’t it?

Careful! The PC sword cuts both ways (at least the English version)

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Seems like the “victims” could end up in a boat load of trouble for some sort of public indecency.

Someone call Al Sharpton!

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Hey, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Chip on April 28, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Heh

Obama has ruined the economy so much, in China, the Chinese word for American is a curse word /s

MeatHeadinCA on April 28, 2011 at 1:02 PM

When I’m mad, I call him by his white devil name.

j_galt on April 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Making people wish for the good-old-days of personal freedom: Germany, 1936.

And check out the related story about the lady farmer who was threatened by gypsies saying they would kill her livestock and cut her throat. So she called the cops, and they came and confiscated the victim’s shotguns.

Socratease on April 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Why not – Benny Hill was.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 12:57 PM

He was? That’s news to me.
I used to think he was so naughty that I used to sneak staying up at night to watch him.
Funny funny stuff.

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

So, the police have to take seriously a criminal charge involving a happy little (if limp) 40 year old song, and Miss USA has to be felt up in public to prove she’s not a terrorist.

What’s this world coming to?

flicker on April 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Badger40 on April 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I don’t know the year, but, some time ago the wife of the then head of the BBC objected to Benny, and his contract was revoked. After that, only pay tv would touch him.

OldEnglish on April 28, 2011 at 1:23 PM

flicker on April 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Allow me.

What’s this world coming to?

The police have to take seriously a criminal charge involving a happy little (if limp) 40 year old song, and Miss USA has to be felt up in public to prove she’s not a terrorist.

Thats what.

BobMbx on April 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Can anyone please explain what is suppose to be offensive in this song?

Kung Fu Fighting Lyrics

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightning
But they fought with expert timing

They were funky China men from funky Chinatown
They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down
It’s an ancient Chineese art and everybody knew their part
From a feint into a slip, and kicking from the hip

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightning
But they fought with expert timing

There was funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung
He said here comes the big boss, lets get it on
We took a bow and made a stand, started swinging with the hand
The sudden motion made me skip now we’re into a brand knew trip

Everybody was kung-fu fighting
Those cats were fast as lightning
In fact it was a little bit frightning
But they did it with expert timing

(repeat)..make sure you have expert timing
Kung-fu fighting, had to be fast as lightning

JeffinSac on April 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

JeffinSac on April 28, 2011 at 1:26 PM

“funky Billy Chin and Little Sammy Chung” are stereotypes?
I don’t get it either.

Count to 10 on April 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

I love that song! Unfortunately, it will be stuck in my head the rest of the day. Must avoid the Though Police…

KS Rex on April 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

For any Britons ready to stop the madness.

JohnGalt23 on April 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Lord have mercy, I freakin LOVE Mark Stein!! If you’re not listening to Rush’s show, you should be. :)

CantCureStupid on April 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

It’s starting to get dangerous for the law abiding in the UK:

Farmer menaced with death threats by gang of travellers dials 999… and police turn up to confiscate her shotguns

Did you see this last week?
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/21/dad-who-split-up-fight-in-mcdonald-s-shot-dead-115875-23075797/“>

rwenger43 on April 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Flo and Eddie did a devastating takedown of “Kung Fu Fighting” in their show in the mid 1970s. It starts about 2:40 into this clip, which is definitely not politically correct and also not work friendly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb5rQruC6u4&playnext=1&list=PL64D8106AB207CDAB

For those at work, the Reader’s Digest cleaned up version is basically this. Most everyone agreed at the time, no matter what their race or politics, that the song “Kung Fu Fighting” sucked.

Del Dolemonte on April 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I love that song! Unfortunately, it will be stuck in my head the rest of the day. Must avoid the Though Police…

KS Rex on April 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

You also need to avoid the Green Police inside of your head.

“The Green Police” Audi commercial

teke184 on April 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

I’m thinkin’ that song might actually sound pretty good on the keytar.

vcferlita on April 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

And muzzies can spew hate openly in the streets.

Kini on April 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

What is a keytar?

BobMbx on April 28, 2011 at 12:59 PM


See this…

DoS_Conservative on April 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

My wife is Thai. So I will quote one of her favorite comments “Erections have consequences”

VegasRick on April 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Shouldn’t that be, “Erections have consecrences?”

TugboatPhil on April 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I guess Ray Stevens should drop the British tour. Ahab The Arab would cause the Brits to call in storm troopers. This by a nation that faces a crime wave against white Brits by Muslims that dwarfs anything in America, and is too scared to even acknowledge the obvious.

pat on April 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

He should also take Bridget the Midget off the song rotation.

TugboatPhil on April 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

CantCureStupid on April 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I have been listening too. He is one great funny guy. Tomorrow Dr. Walter Williams will sub for Rush. I dearly love that man.
L

letget on April 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

So if those wacky fun loving Brits took this to the next step and ruled that misogynist lyrics were harassment we may be witnessing the death of all music since the 1940′s!

MJBrutus on April 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

‘i’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurtssss.’

The unsexy are offended, yes?

mjk on April 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

The Brits have always been tetched in the head but these days they’re just plain dysfunctionally harebrained.

Must be one of the results of all that inbreeding over the last thousand years.

FlatFoot on April 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Mark Steyn sure had fun with this on Rush’s show today.

SukieTawdry on April 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

“I think I’m turning Japanese, I really think so…”

garry on April 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

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

Well if he see’s this guy again he should play

“Dead skunk in the middle of the road
You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road
Stinkin’ to high Heaven!

C’mon stink!

DSchoen on April 28, 2011 at 5:26 PM

At this rate, Sharia sounds practically sane by comparison.

StubbleSpark on April 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I do not think this song is racist and I have many Chinese friends. In fact, I love China and
I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they’re always friendly, and they’re ready to please.

I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
There’s nine hundred million of them in the world today.
You’d better learn to like them; that’s what I say.

I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They come from a long way overseas,
But they’re cute and they’re cuddly, and they’re ready to please.

I like Chinese food.
The waiters never are rude.
Think of the many things they’ve done to impress.
There’s Maoism, Taoism, I Ching, and Chess.

So I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin, and yang-ese.

I like Chinese thought,
The wisdom that Confucious taught.
If Darwin is anything to shout about,
The Chinese will survive us all without any doubt.

So, I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
They only come up to your knees,
Yet they’re wise and they’re witty, and they’re ready to please.

All together.

我愛中國人。(I like Chinese.)
我愛中國人。(I like Chinese.)
我愛中國人。(I like Chinese.)
你好嗎、你好嗎、你好嗎、再見!(How are you; how are you; how are you; goodbye!)

I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
Their food is guaranteed to please,
A fourteen, a seven, a nine, and lychees.

I like Chinese.
I like Chinese.
I like their tiny little trees,
Their Zen, their ping-pong, their yin, and yang-ese…

So reave Chinese arone!

StubbleSpark on April 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I’d be in soooo much trouble over there in future muzzy held territory

it’s sad to watch a great nation staggering and sighing like an tiger that is nearing the end, to weak to hunt, laying in the dirt waiting to die

don’t think that sheet isn’t happening here

take muzzy territory Dearborn and their unconstitutional acts against Terry Jones

the muzzies are a societal cancer and will destroy this republic in colusion with treacherous politicians (Inc bammy)

Sonosam on April 28, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Great Britain. Stick a fork in it, it’s done.

AZfederalist on April 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM