UK: Police arrest man for singing ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ in bar

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Cops to quiz Kung Fu Fighting singer

A pub singer is set to be quizzed by cops tonight after he was accused of
“racism” for belting out the chart hit Kung Fu Fighting as two Chinese
people walked past.

Simon Ledger was arrested in a Chinese restaurant after a complaint was made
to police.

The singer is set to be interviewed by cops at 8pm tonight after his bail
comes to an end.

Simon, 34, often performs the song in Sandown, Isle of Wight. He said: “I
hadn’t even seen these two.”

Now he fears he could get a criminal record.

Cops sprang into action and arrested Simon despite the fact that he regularly
features the 1974 No1 in his act at a seaside pub.

Simon, who has performed on TV with Michael Barrymore, was doing a spot with a
pal at the town’s Driftwood Beach Bar on Sunday afternoon.

All went well until he began the Carl Douglas disco classic, with its famous
Chinese-sounding riff.

Simon said: “We were performing Kung Fu Fighting, as we do during all our
sets. People of all races were loving it. Chinese people have never been
offended by it before.

“But this lad walking past with his mum called us w*****s and did the hand
sign before taking a picture on his mobile phone.

“We hadn’t even seen them when we started the song. He must have phoned the

“They phoned me when I was in a Chinese restaurant that night. They arranged
to meet me and I was arrested.

“I thought it was a joke but they were serious. They seemed pretty amazed but
said the law is the law and it was their duty. It’s political correctness
gone potty.”

Simon added: “There are plenty of Welsh people at our shows — does it mean I
can’t play any Tom Jones?”

Bar owner Sean Ware said: “The song is in no way racist and nor is Simon.
There is no way he would abuse anyone.

“He didn’t start the song just because Chinese people were walking past. He
had already started playing it.”

Simon, who is on bail until today, wrote on Facebook: “If the lad who phoned
the police is reading this, WHAT IS WONG WITH YOU? Sorry, what is wrong with

A police spokesman said a 32-year-old man of Chinese origin had claimed he was
subjected to racial abuse.

He added: “Police are investigating an allegation of racially-aggravated
harassment. A man from Shanklin was arrested on suspicion.”