KUNG FU FIGHTING, the GRAMMY AWARD winning disco song of 1974, has been accused of containing racist lyrics. The song's writer CARL DOUGLAS has expressed his disbelief after an entertainer was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment for performing the hit in a local bar, reports the UK's Metro newspaper.
Mr Simon Ledger was arrested after a Chinese passer-by overheard the song being performed in the Driftwood Bar in Sandown and promptly made a complaint. A Hampshire Police spokesperson said they received a complaint from a 32-year-old man of Chinese origin who claimed he had been subject to racial abuse. The song, which features the lyrics "There was funky Chinamen from funky Chinatown", reached number one in the US and UK charts and sold over nine million copies worldwide. 63-year-old CARL DOUGLAS, who penned the track, says he was shocked to hear of the arrest, saying, "I couldn't believe it. This is not a racist song. It's a happy, kicking, disco song. I have Chinese cousins and my sister is married to a man called Tony Chang. Why would I sing a song that could be interpreted as racist?".
According to the police spokesman, the Kung Fu Fighting investigation is on-going and musician Mr Ledger has been released on bail.
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