Kung Fu Fighting singer Carl Douglas: My hit isn't racist
Pop legend and Kung Fu Fighting singer Carl Douglas has criticised police on the Isle of Wight for arresting a man who performed his 1974 hit single over allegations of racism.
The Jamaican-born singer has expressed his disbelief that entertainer Simon Ledger had been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment.
Singer Carl Douglas: Kung Fu Fighting not racist
Mr Ledger's arrest was apparently sparked after a Chinese passer-by overheard the song being performed in the Driftwood Bar in Sandown and made a complaint.
Douglas, who is now 63 years old, said: 'I couldn't believe it. This is not a racist song. It's a happy, kicking, disco song.'
He also noted that he has close friends back in Jamaica who were Chinese. '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?'
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said they had received a complaint from a 32-year-old man of Chinese origin, who claimed he had been subject to racial abuse.
He added that investigations into the incident are continuing, but Mr Ledger has since been released on bail.
When it was first released, Kung Fu Fighting reached number one in US and UK pop charts and sold over nine million copies worldwide.
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