Man Arrested For Singing “Kung Fu Fighting”!?!

Hello Everyone!

I just came home from a weekend of relaxing and foolery at Seaside Heights in New Jersey. Seaside Heights is where the reality show “Jersey Shore” was filmed. My close friend Chris has a spot on the beach. Chris’ condo is at the end; south of the boardwalk. We had fun drinking White Claw black cherry hard seltzers, sitting in the sun, and bullshitting with our group. It was super windy on Friday but very warm (82 degrees F) by Sunday. However, it is too cold to go in the pool just yet. Of course, my friends were joking around saying that I would go in the cold water anyways. My nickname, at times, is “the polar bear” since I prefer cold to heat any day. I was the designated driver to get us back to my close girlfriend Tara’s house. I then made the trek to get back home to unpack and rest. I feel tired from the sun and the antics that occured over the weekend. I had to stop for bathroom breaks for these drunk ass fools way too much this evening! 🙂 I got my second wind now that I am home so I am writing out and sharing this interesting article. I was looking for some inspiration with my blog and found it in no time. 😛 This article is about an arrest of a man in England, back in April of 2011, on racism charges. These charges were mounted as a result of the band performing the 1970’s classic song entitled, “Kung Fu Fighting” performed by Carl Douglas. Now let’s dive into this drama and see how it unfolded. For anyone unaware of the original song, here it is on YouTube:

“Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas- on YouTube

Since I am a born and raised citizen from the United States, getting arrested for just singing a song is absolutely insane and humorous!! We are accustomed to our First Amendment right from our Constitution. The First Amendment right is the freedom of speech, religion, and the press. I get so accustomed to my rights at an American citizen, I forget that there are no protection of free speech in other parts of the world. I am saddened for people around the globe who are not protected by those same liberties. When I first read the article, I thought the singer may have also physically assaulted the man who complained. Physically assaulting a person would be the reason to get arrested, here in the U.S., or damaging property. The arrest of 34-year old singer Simon Ledger, from the town of Shanklin, happened during a meeting with the Hampshire police as a result of an official complaint. The police reached out to Mr. Ledger and followed up on the complaint in the evening after the band wrapped up playing their set. The incident occurred while Mr. Ledger and his band were in the middle of their set earlier in the day. Mr. Ledger and his band were performing at the Driftwood Beach Bar on the Isle of Wright that is located off the southern coast of England. The band was playing the classic hit, originally performed by Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting“. While the band was performing the song, this was where the Chinese man believed he was under racial attack.

Upon meeting with the Hampshire police, Mr. Ledger discovered that a 32-year old male, of Chinese descent, had called the police to complain about the band’s performance. In England, anyone who perceives that they are the victim of a racially aggravated crime are entitled to make a report to the police. Mr. Ledger recalled the “victim”, accompanied by his mother, since they walked past the band and started cursing and making obscene hand gestures. The unnamed Chinese man then took a photo with his cell phone after his tirade. He made sure to gather his evidence to ensure the correct band gets into legal trouble. Well played sir, well played! The irony was that Mr. Ledger received a phone call from the police on this matter while he was eating at a Chinese restaurant after the gig. At first, Mr. Ledger thought the police were joking around with him. The article seemed to lead you to the vibe that the police officers had also thought the complaint was ridiculous. However, the officers must follow and uphold the law plus investigate the matter. There is nothing like a slap of handcuffs on the wrists to let you know things are serious! According to the police report, the victim was “subjected to racial abuse”. The police, no matter how ridiculous, were bound to follow the law and arrest the lead singer. According to Mr. Ledger, people from all walks of life come to watch them perform and enjoy the song with no prior issues.

Mr. Ledger was released shortly after his arrest without being charged. He was released on “street bail” until the following Monday. Mr. Ledger was suspected of causing harassment, alarm, or distress. After his release, the police’s next move was to investigate and question him further at a later date. The police refer to the situation as “political correctness gone potty”. This British phrase means that the situation has gone crazy. The owner of the bar, his name is Sean Ware, defended the lead singer and the band. He doesn’t believe the band intended any abuse nor are they racists. The owner also had the same sentiment about the song. Mr. Ware stated, “the song is in no way racist and nor is Simon. There is no way he would abuse anyone”. In a later article, it was determined that there was not enough evidence to prove a criminal offense had been committed. Upon the determination, the singer would face no further action. Mr. Ledger reasonably feared that he would inherit a criminal record as a result of this incident. However, he must not have worried about it too much since he opted to reach out to the complainant on his Facebook profile. Mr. Ledger boldly wrote, “If the lad who phoned the police is reading this, WHAT IS WONG WITH YOU? Sorry, what is wrong with you?”

I was riding with the singer until I saw what he had chosen such nonsense to write on his Facebook. Why taunt the guy?? It is not a good look to write that nor was it necessary. He could have pushed the investigation to actually receiving legal problems from that statement! He had previously looked innocent or unassuming prior with singing the song. He now looks like an absolute fool for writing that! Why provoke a criminal situation further with writing something on the internet? Writings on the internet do not go away once posted. Imagine if he would have gotten locked up for writing that for years? Now that is something that I would laugh at his foolish ass! He would get the “donkey” award of the year if that actually happened. Hopefully, he can pull his head out of his ass and remove the song from his set. I know I sure would remove it. Why give some clown some power over me via possible jail time? Especially if more people complain. I would not think the song is that important to dig one’s heels in and keep it. Besides, it is a stupid song. I am sure it had it’s run back in the day when it was first written and performed. Some songs belong back in the 1970’s where they came from. What do you think about this story? Do you know of a similar type of story? Please share in the comments and I will try to look it up and write about it. Thanks for taking the time to read or listen and laugh at my content! I hope you are rested up for the upcoming week at hand. Have a good one and I will badger you soon!

Cheers!

Leslie M. Jasper

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