Some Chink in Britain Complained That The Song and Singer Were Racist.
Deport the Chink
Police arrested a singer on racism charges
after a man reportedly of Chinese descent
complained about his performance of the song
“Kung Fu Fighting,” according to reports.
Simon Ledger, 34, told Britain’s The Sun
newspaper that he and his band were
performing the 1970s classic at the Driftwood
Beach Bar on the Isle of Wight off the southern
coast of England.
“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.”
But Ledger told The Sun an Asian man walking
by with his mother hurled an expletive and
made an obscene hand gesture at the
performers during the Sunday afternoon
performance, then took a photo with his cell
“We hadn’t even seen them when we started
the song. He must have phoned the police,”
The Sun quoted him as saying.
The man claimed he was “subjected to racial
abuse,” police told BBC News, and complained
to the police the same evening.
‘I thought it was a joke’
Ledger told The Sun that police called him later
that evening — while he was eating at a
Chinese restaurant — to arrange a meeting. It
was at that meeting that police arrested him,
The BBC report said police released Ledger
after his arrest, intending to question him
further 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.