The PJ Tatler

Singing 'Kung Fu Fighting' is now a hate crime on the Isle of Wight

Watch what you sing, kids.

A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting.

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.

It does get better from here. The men complained, and the singer was later called up by police while he was eating. At a Chinese restaurant. For reals. As for the incident itself, he wasn’t even singing the song, which isn’t racist, in response to the Chinese passersby. He was already into the tune when they happened by. Now he’s facing a police investigation and whatever punishments might result from “section 4a of the Public Order Act of 1986.” When the government passed that law in 1986, did they foresee it causing an international incident over a 1974 song in 2011?

At this point, I feel that it is incumbent upon me as a blogger to wonder — how on earth did this episode of Scrubs ever get made?

This…this is why the world hates us.

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