Photo: Carl Douglas
A pub singer, 34-year-old Simon Ledger, has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit “Kung Fu Fighting” in front of two Chinese people at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown.
‘We were performing Kung Fu Fighting as we do during all our sets. Chinese people have never been offended by it before, but this lad walking past with his mum started swearing at us and making obscene hand gestures,” Ledger told Daily Mail.
Ledger at first thought it was a prank when he was told he will be arrested, but soon realized that a 32-year-old man of Chinese origin really called the police and had claimed he was subjected to racial abuse.”
A Hampshire police spokesman said “a 34-year-old Ledger was arrested on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress under section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986, and that the case will be treated seriously.”
“Kung Fu Fighting” is a disco song written and performed by Carl Douglas and Vivian Hawke, and produced by Biddu. It was released as a single in 1974, at the cusp of a chopsocky film craze, and quickly rose to the top of Britis and American charts. “Kung Fu Fighting” was also number one on the soul singles chart for one week.
It sold nine million records worldwide, received a Gold certification from theRIAA in 1974, and won the Grammy Award for Best Selling Single in 1974. Source: Wikipedia