SANDOWN, Isle of Wight, Great Britain ~ (The Sun/BBC) ~ A Chinese man reportedly accused a singer of racism and had him arrested for singing the song “Kung Fu Fighting”.
34-year-old Simon Ledger was performing at the Driftwood Beach Bar on the afternoon of March 24th . He told The Sun that they had just started to play the 1974 disco hit “Kung Fu Fighting” written by Carl Douglas, when an Asian man walked by with his mother. Suddenly the man yelled an expletive name and made an obscene hand gesture, and then took a picture with a cell phone. “We were performing Kung Fu Fighting, as we do during all our sets,” he told the newspaper. “People of all races were loving it. Chinese people have never been offended by it before.”
Police told the BBC the man claimed he was “subjected to racial abuse” and filed a complaint later that evening. Ledger said police then called him, while he was eating at a Chinese food restaurant, and arranged a meeting with the musician. It was at that meeting that police arrested and released him, with intentions of questioning him at a later date. “An investigation into this allegation is continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding what happened,” a Hampshire Constabulary spokesman told the network.
“I thought it was a joke but they were serious,” Ledger told The Sun. “They seemed pretty amazed but said the law is the law and it was their duty. It’s political correctness gone potty (a British term for crazy).” Driftwood Beach Bar owner Sean Ware defended Ledger, saying neither the singer nor the song were racially motivated. “He didn’t start the song just because Chinese people were walking past. He had already started playing it,” Ware said. Ledger, now out on bail, wrote on Facebook: “If the lad who phoned the police is reading this, WHAT IS WONG WITH YOU? Sorry, what is wrong with you?”
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