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Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Sterling on Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:13 am

Anyone hear about this? I thought it was over the top that the singer got arrested, and he was released without charge, but the way it has been covered is so typical. Regarding so song, it's so damn racist but that "Asian riff" it opens with is so widespread and long-standing that no one actually thinks it's racist anymore. It's like in Friday Night Lights when Bissinger is walking around Odessa and everyone uses the N-word, not because they specifically are racist but because it's so ingrained that no one would think to use any other word.

So the guy who was arrested claims he didn't see the Chinese people walking past when he started playing it which i think is a lie, just based on the kind of comments I can draw walking through the "poor district", which pubs with lounge singers performing at usually are situated in. But whatever, we'll take him at face value for now. He goes on to add, completely ruining his case, that "No Welsh person ever got offended when I played Tom Jones." :roll: No one else seems to have picked up on how blitheringly stupid this is. Then we get Carl Douglas coming out and saying "Well clearly I'm not racist because I have Chinese cousins and a Chinese brother-in-law" which sounds like one of those Suspiciously Specific Denials.

Bottom line is, the writers and talk show hosts covering this story, most of them white wouldn't know racial stereotyping if it came up and raped them in the ear, which is how I've always felt whenever I've been forced to listen to this annoying song. They bandy about statements such as "Well we shouldn't be looking at skin color because we're all equal", etc. which is the easiest thing in the world to say when the landscape is set up to favor you.

http://youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily.com ... ntal-riff/

http://bbczeitgeist.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... acism.html
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Agent Of Fortune on Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:40 pm

I've often thought that song was racist, and don't think it's something that could be gotten away with being made today.

The article is kind of vague on the details. Was the bar a place where you could easily see outside? I'd be interested to see some of the comments of the other people around at the time of the incident, to see what their perceptions were.
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby tao on Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:30 pm

LOLOLOL Chinese food in Berlin :lol:
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Bambi on Sun May 01, 2011 3:04 pm

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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Brotherman on Sun May 01, 2011 3:57 pm

It could have been a accident, but his reaction just gives him away. :roll:
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Sterling on Sun May 01, 2011 6:12 pm

lol Stewart Lee is awesome. This one is relevant too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqbgMX5AmMY
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Sterling on Sun May 01, 2011 9:53 pm

More Stewart Lee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGAOCVwL ... re=related

Let's have a look see at what they're saying out there in defense of Simon Ledger!

http://www.amren.com/mtnews/archives/20 ... r_arre.php

There’s a little game I like to play with Asian residents and business owners whenever there’s a street fair or other public event going on in the area. I’ll ask them casually about it, and—inevitably—they have no idea what I’m talking about. They seem to live in their own little world, oblivious to nearly everything going on in the round-eye culture that surrounds them.


“There as funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung”. With half the people in China named either Chin or Chung he probably thought the song was about him personally.


There is a crime going on in London. Chinese are moving into that densely populated town (and nation) and pushing natives out. Someone should call the police about that.


the UK is now officially doomed! Only a miracle can save her white citizens from the certain abyss, as a result of this endless pursuit of multiculturalism and diversity.


White people can’t have fun in their own countries without parasites like these Chinese making trouble. Simon Ledger now can have an arrest record over this.


Yep, smells like a deliberate attempt to smear a native Englishman. And in the PC whacko UK, it worked!


Just being uncomfortable is considered harassement. mr. ledger should report the Chinese man who accused him of racial abuse for racial abuse.


I would say this fiasco is exposing blatant institutionalized racism but no one else seems to be picking up on this fact.
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby tao on Mon May 02, 2011 3:36 am

:roll:

I like these

There is such a thing as a positive stereotype. The image of Chinese men as Kung Fu experts is a positive image.


The white people in Britain must be really weak cheese pathetic excuses for human beings to put up with this ridiculous nonsense. They allow themselves to be abused by every minority in their country. They allow themselves to be disarmed. Masochism must be a way of life there.


Unfortunately this is the same attitude here in the states. What makes it worse is, many Asians choose to ignore it and try to show that they can be "equals" so long as they' prove they're "better" than the rest of the competition. Playing up to that image just further reinforces this disgusting patronizing racist attitude shown in comments like these. It's just too bad you never hear what people really think irl, but you see their true thoughts posted anonymously on the internet.

Ethnic studies are also being taken away from many college curriculum as well. Now you can be racist AND educated.

Kudos to the two people who called him out, as well as the police who took their complaint seriously. It's not often I hear of minorities standing up for themselves in such an antagonistic environment.
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Agent Of Fortune on Mon May 02, 2011 1:55 pm

I don't know how things were in teh UK during the 90s, but it seems like there's been a resurgence of these racist and xenophobic ideals in the US in the 2000s. It seems like in the 90s, people tried to be a lot better about racism than they are now. Of course things were worse as far as persecution of gays, though.

Who knows; maybe its just that I was younger then and didn't notice it since I didn't see it right around me, or maybe they just tried to keep it more hidden, whereas now, with the popularization of the internet, people can be as bigoted as they want in anonymity.
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Re: Man arrested for singing Kung Fu Fighting

Postby Bambi on Tue May 03, 2011 6:46 am

Haha, Stewart Lee is amazing, hadn't seen the first one about Jimmy Hill and the Political Correctness bit is always worth re-watching.
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