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From the New York Times:

Yankees and Flyers Will Stop Playing Kate Smith After Discovering Racist Songs

By Victor Mather
April 19, 2019

For the Yankees, Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” was a staple of the seventh-inning stretch since 2001.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, the connection was even tighter, with Smith serving as a mascot of sorts for the team’s 1970s Stanley Cup winners, and performing live at games.

Now both teams have announced they will stop playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” after discovering that she sang songs with racist lyrics in the 1930s. The Flyers will also cover a statue of Smith that has been in front of their arena since 1987.

Smith, who died in 1986, is most closely identified with “God Bless America,” but she recorded numerous other songs over her long career. Among them were “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which contain disturbing lyrics that demean black people. …

The Flyers said in a statement: “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

This actually happened.

The Flyers have a tradition of playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” as a replacement for the national anthem at big games. The song has been said to bring the team good luck. Smith performed it live before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the game in which the Flyers won their first Cup. …

“To have shaped pop music in this country necessarily implicates musicians and songwriters in a history of racial exchange, impersonation and appropriation,” Magee said. “Kate Smith was inexorably part of that. She became a pop star on a foundation of songs like these.”…

 
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  1. Rich says:

    Like the racist New York Yankees, the racist, misogynistic Philadelphia Flyers need to disband. First the nickname, “Flyers” is associated with flying, a method of transport invented by the racist Wright brothers who, I’ve read, once attended a show where someone probably wore “bl*ckface”, (so horrible I can’t write the word). We also know that Ben Franklin, who signed the racist Declaration of Independence, owned slaves and wore glasses (another invention of racist Whites), lived in Philadelphia. The name “Philadelphia” itself is misogynistic because it means “brotherly love”, excluding womyn, trans-folk and confused millennials.

    I don’t mean to shock anyone, but I understand that the Stars and Stripes flag of the Racist States of America, once flew over slave quarters and segregated schoolhouses. How can we let this stand?

    • Replies: @Boston Bob
    , @Lot
  2. Seriously wondering when all garments made of cotton will be outlawed. Because black slaves picked cotton, ergo cotton = racism.

    Next to be purged: All sitcoms that ever featured a guy in drag. Corporal Klinger must be memory-holed!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  3. “God Bless America” was written by a Jew, so isn’t this being anti-Semitic as well as misogynistic?

    Then again, Irving Berlin was born in Russia, so the song is just more Russian interference in US politics. Thank God for that fortunate interlude, 1917-91, in which Russians left us alone.

    The Flyers have a tradition of playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” as a replacement for the national anthem at big games.

    I like this idea. It’s just a better song for this purpose. So are “America the Beautiful” and “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee), though the latter would confuse most of the NHL, as the tune is official in their homeland, too.

    (A Canadian TV station I watched in college signed off with a kids’ choir in red raincoats singing “O Canada”, followed by a somber video of “God Save the Queen”. Yes, “signed off” dates me!)

    • Replies: @Meretricious
  4. Kylie says:

    “She became a pop star on a foundation of songs like these.”

    She built her career on the backs of black slaves. No, wait. She didn’t build that. But she did record “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” in 1931. And Emmett Till was born ten years later. It’s almost as if she were advocating lynching! Or something.

  5. If you think about this rationally:
    – Maybe 5% of Americans today have heard of Kate Smith?
    -Of those people, maybe 5% know about the songs in question?

    By banning Kate Smith’s songs, the Yankees have assured millions more people will be exposed to the songs in question (via You Tube) than would have been if the Yankees would have kept playing God Bless America.

    Do SJWs really care about what they profess to care about? Are they capable of thinking through the consequences of their actions? Or are they just always looking for another cudgel to exercise their real goal: enforcing “Who? Whom?”

  6. And with that, they found a way to take God and America out of professional sports in the US of A.

    God help America.

  7. LOFL. New statue looks like Ilhan Omar.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
  8. The song’s not that bad — not for 1931.

    [i]’That’s Why Darkies Were Born
    Kate Smith
    Henderson & Brown

    Someone had to pick the cotton,
    Someone had to pick the corn,
    Someone had to slave and be able to sing,
    That’s why darkies were born;

    Someone had to laugh at trouble,
    Though he was tired and worn,
    Had to be contented with any old thing,
    That’s why darkies were born;

    Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and
    Sing when you’re blue,
    Sing, sing, that’s what you taught
    All the white folks to do;

    Someone had to fight the Devil,
    Shout about Gabriel’s Horn,
    Someone had to stoke the train
    That would bring God’s children to green pastures,
    That’s why darkies were born.'[/i]

    • Replies: @a reader
  9. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    All the old line entertainers copied black idioms, even late in their careers:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ethel_Merman_Disco_Album

  10. istevefan says:

    Haven’t progressives been after Kate for quite some time? I once saw a documentary on PBS, I think, in which they pointed out that Woodie Guthrie’s song ,”This Land is My Land”, was written as a response to Kate Smith singing ,”God Bless America “, because he and many others thought the song was too right-wing or something similar.

    I always liked Kate’ rendition. So I was surprised when I saw progs of the day promoted Guthrie’s song as a rebuke of Smith.

    I guess Guthrie would be feeling good at what has befallen Kate’s legacy. How did this happen anyway? Has all this been traced to some loser on Twitter who just decided to take down Kate? If so that prick needs to hounded like they did to Tucker Carlson.

  11. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    That stirring finish at the end where she’s belting it out with the flag in the background, that’s what they’re really covering up.

  12. KunioKun says:

    They should replace it with the theme song to Who’s the Boss.

  13. Isn’t dumping the song an attack on another important minority group? Kate Smith and her rendition of God Bless America have long been loved by gay leather motorcycle clubs.

  14. This is Bolshevism in action before our very eyes.

    • Replies: @a reader
  15. the song was too right-wing or something similar

    It has God in the title. Violation of separation of church and state.

    The racism thing is a pretext for the Yanks/Flyers to phase out some old white lady no one’s ever heard of. There may have been no complaints in the first place. Just business, you understand.

    • Replies: @ben tillman
    , @Reg Cæsar
  16. goatweed says:

    I’m with Lars, why did the Flyers put Kate in a burqa?

  17. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    If you wrote this in a novel 10 years ago, reviewers would have laughed at it as a ridiculous scenario.

    • Agree: Meretricious
  18. @Lars Porsena

    LOFL. New statue looks like Ilhan Omar.

    Or like Granny in the SNL skit The Bel Airabs.




    0:17, 1:25, etc.

  19. Yet somehow Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers remain employed, and Obama remains untarnished by his close association with them.

  20. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:

    I have a soft spot for Kate Smith. My fifth grade male WWII and Pearl Harbor veteran teacher told us much Kate Smith lore, mostly related to her booming, pre-amplification voice. The soldiers loved her or loved to joke about her at least.

    My fourth grade teacher was male too. These are really the only teachers I have a clear memory of from grade school and early junior high school. They were really dedicated, loved their jobs, and were respected in the community.

    That fifth grade teacher, by the way, was hard on my case as far as cursive writing goes. It never got that much better, but he pushed writing as an educational priority.

    And thinking of this has surfaced the memory of Cindy … whatever happened to her?

  21. @Rich

    The name Yankees does come from an ethic slur. The English in early New York would make fun of the Dutch and their food, cheese. A Dutchman was called a “John Cheese”. In Dutch, John is Jan (pronounced “yon”) and cheese is kees. Jan kees (“Yon kees”).

    • Replies: @Lot
    , @Jack D
    , @Anonymous
  22. @Desiderius

    The racism thing is a pretext for the Yanks/Flyers to phase out some old white lady no one’s ever heard of.

    The Flyers are phasing out someone whom all of their customers have heard of.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @Reg Cæsar
  23. @ben tillman

    And all the Angels fans have heard of the rally monkey.

    They’ve got new shit to sell.

  24. @Reg Cæsar

    Irving Berlin was born in Russia, so the song is just more Russian interference in US politics.

    Now we’re gettin’ somewhere!

  25. I’m waiting for SJW’s to learn that Gandhi has now been ruled problematic due to his remarks about Africans. They’ve already pulled down his statue at the University of Ghana. Will the one in London’s Tavistock Square Gardens be next?

  26. @Russell Upvittles

    Seriously wondering when all garments made of cotton will be outlawed. Because black slaves picked cotton, ergo cotton = racism

  27. @Desiderius

    It has God in the title. Violation of separation of church and state.

    The Creator doesn’t show up until the fourth stanza of “The Star Spangled Banner”. Is that safely removed enough?

    How many Americans can even begin the second stanza?

  28. @ben tillman

    The racism thing is a pretext for the Yanks/Flyers to phase out some old white lady no one’s ever heard of.

    The Flyers are phasing out someone whom all of their customers have heard of.

    I’m sure that in her long career at Comiskey Park, Nancy Faust must have played some suspect song or other. She’s retired now, but will they ban her from Old Timers games?

  29. Mr. Anon says:

    Who’s next? The Rolling Stones?

    Scarred old slaver knows he’s doin’ allright,
    Hear him whip the women, just around midnight.

    The canonical version of the song was even recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama – in the heart of cotton-country – by………………………………..white men!

    • Replies: @ic1000
    , @Achmed E. Newman
  30. Never liked the song to begin with, but yeah, it’s screwed up. Maybe Nipsey Hussle sang something somewhat patriotic.

    And the fact that they’re doing this at the whitest of sports arenas just shows how stupid the rich scion virtue signalers are.

  31. Dennis Dale says: • Website

    I suspect they were looking for a pretext to be rid of “God Bless America” as unsuitable for the Current Year.
    Eventually they’ll be offering alternatives to the old patriotic fare, diversity anthems. I can’t wait.

    • Agree: Desiderius
    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  32. Smith, who died in 1986, is most closely identified with “God Bless America,” but she recorded numerous other songs over her long career. Among them were “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which contain disturbing lyrics that demean black people.

    Hmmm. In retrospect, Kate Spade dodged a bullet.

  33. J1234 says:

    Thirty-five years ago this song was on an album loaned to me by a musician friend who knew I liked Bluegrass music. ( This song and group were actually from the Old-Time genre, the principal antecedent to Bluegrass.) My friend was (and is) a pretty staunch liberal, but the song was only slightly awkward for him, as he viewed it from a historical perspective, as most people did.

    That’s what folk and traditional music was for most fans back then (and earlier), something that reflected forgotten ways of life and different cultural values. The black equivalent was the overly sexualized (“sexist”) and sometimes pedophile-oriented country blues, or it’s later incarnations. This song’s far creepier than anything the Skillet Lickers did, but the controversial lyrics of old black music always fades into innocuous “cultural perspectives” that nobody has a right to judge (no white person, anyway.)

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  34. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:

    Apparently, the offending lyric goes something like ‘ who else would pick the cotton?’.

    Well, in the USA of 2019 the ruling establishment has as its guiding and highest principle the acceptance of massive, uncontrolled open borders immigration from Mexico and elsewhere.

    The *official* justification is rather similar to ‘who will pick the cotton’ being ‘who will pick the strawberries/apples/almonds…etc…who will sweep the floors…wipe the asses…?’.

    I really cannot see what all the fuss is about.

  35. El Dato says:

    “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

    MY VALUES ARE IMPUGNED!
    SERIOUS MATTER BY INANIMATE OBJECTS!
    WE COVER UP THE … THE STATUE!

    Ageing parishioner behaviour.

  36. In other racist baseball news, a black White Sox player was suspended a game for calling a white player THE word ( let’s just skip the N- crap shall we). A white guy at Deadspin is mad about it so he called the white player a ‘honkey:’

    https://deadspin.com/report-mlb-suspends-tim-anderson-one-game-for-calling-1834173756

    I work near several high schools and middle schools in Brooklyn. Between 230 and 3, M-F you can hear that word on the street a couple of hundred times if you want to. Even the Russian and Paki kids call each other the Word.

    Oh, the word isn’t ‘darkie.’

  37. Kate Smith? Talk about ancient history!

    When will they go after, say, Randy Newman? If you haven’t, check out his songs “Rednecks” and “Underneath The Harlem Moon.” Gadzooks! You’ll never be able to listen to “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” again. Like, what, is he like a Nazi or something?

  38. Anon[314] • Disclaimer says:
    @istevefan

    Guthrie’s “Roll on Columbia” originally had some pretty dicey lyrics about how those beastly Injuns had to be genocided by the cavalry so that we could civilized the region.

    Guthrie was hired by the power company to write songs celebrating the dam (“greatest thing ever built by a man”). I have a CD made from a scratchy acetate that survives of all the songs, good ones, gimmicky ones, and bad ones. But the theme of heroically wiping out the Indians is present in several of them. There’s also some non sequitur stuff about Hitler in the songs (anti, not pro).

  39. Can kathrine lee bates get proper credit for writing the lyrics of America the Beatuiful.

  40. Lot says:
    @Rich

    Orville Wright was a friend of his high school’s only black student, and later both brothers printed his short-lived black-targeted newspaper and arranged for their father to print his book.

    Here’s the class photo

    • Replies: @Rich
    , @AnotherDad
  41. George says:

    Not that it matters:

    “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” To do hard thankless work for undeserving capitalists. The song was a typical lefty type song extolling the exploited working class. It might even have transcended lefty and gone the full red. But Red is not the issue.

    “Pickaninny Heaven” I am not familiar with the word Pickaninny, never heard it spoken or used it, but dictionaries claim it refers to a young small, likely cute, Black child. I can’t explain why there was a special word for cute black kids, so it sounds kind of patronizing to me. YouTube implies, the very matronly, Smith dedicated the song to black orphans living near Yankee stadium. Given this was the tail end of Jim Crow she was trying to be progressive, embracing sympathetic black kids.

    I think American should bring back that old time (civil war) spiritualism and hold a seance with Kate Smith to hear her side of the story. Maybe even appoint an official US of A Spiritualist to aid in these intractable issues.

    • Replies: @captflee
    , @Alden
  42. Lot says:
    @Boston Bob

    “The English in early New York would make fun of the Dutch and their food, cheese. ”

    That’s awful, Dutch cheesemaking should be admired, not mocked.

  43. Franz says:

    “God Bless Am…” ah, now I remember!

    Kate’s version figures in Once Upon A Time in America(1984), a somewhat trashy but totally strange movie about Jewish mobsters in the States back in the Good Old Days.

    Franz-Bob says, check it out.

  44. “Why Darkies Were Born” by Kate Smith
    Perpetchates the folkloric myth
    That blacks are keen workers—
    Au contraire, they are shirkers,
    Allergic to rake, hoe, and scyth.

  45. @istevefan

    Woody Guthrie’s father helped lynch a black woman and her son in 1911, the year before he was born. Shouldn’t that be enough to have him erased in Current Year?

    • Replies: @istevefan
  46. ic1000 says:
    @Mr. Anon

    Singing songs with racist lyrics can get you unpersoned and end your musical career. Given the racial hate on albums like “Lemonade,” Beyoncé must be trembling in one of her mansions. What if the NYT’s pop culture critic notices!

    Or not.

  47. There is opportunity here. Every time someone tries to throw the yoke of white guilt over our collective shoulders, break into song. God Bless America, land that I love. Let them criticize that.

  48. Rich says:
    @Lot

    Sure the racist Wright brother was “friends” with his school’s token black Uncle Tom, but did he let him come in the front door when he came out to the house? Did he let him date his sister? Did he protest his Whiteness and spend all his time apologizing for what Whitey did to his “friend’s” people? How much of his ill-gotten White wealth did he share with this black “friend”? I’ve also read that the original purpose of the Racist White brothers in inventing the plane, was that they wanted to fly away from black folk. Another rumor is that it was actually a secret black scientist who invented the plane, but the Wright brothers, proud Klansmen that they were, stole the plane and murdered the black genius. All comes down to “privilege” I’d say.

  49. BB753 says:

    Well, it’s not as if she was a member of the Klan or something. Never mind!

  50. SF says:

    The real issue is cultural appropriation. The song is fine when Paul Robeson sings it.

  51. Jack D says:
    @Boston Bob

    No one really knows where Yankee comes from. They’re pretty sure that it has something to do with the Dutch and probably Jan.

  52. @J1234

    he viewed it from a historical perspective

    That’s the problem. Most millennials don’t have a historical perspective, even if they wanted one.

  53. captflee says:
    @George

    Your seance suggestion is inspired, George, and your recounting of Miss Smith’s dedication a good illustration of the old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”.

    As for “pickaninny”, just off the top of my head I can recall it being used by Mr. Powell in his Birmingham speech (page 5, 3rd para), so if the youngest full professor in the Empire/youngest Brigadier in the British Army had it in his vocabulary, its usage must have been a bit more widespread than just benighted Dixie. I’ll wager that its deployment today would be rather a bit of a “trigger”, no?

    https://anth1001.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/enoch-powell_speech.pdf

  54. Alden says:
    @George

    Pickanny is the English version of the west African Bantu word for toddler child under 6. It was brought to America by the African slaves.

  55. anonymous[327] • Disclaimer says:

    good.
    time for this oldie to be replaced with up to date entertainment:
    klezmer music accompanied by spitting, high-kicking rabbis.

  56. a reader says:
    @Colin Wright

    Will the Marx Brothers be next ?

    The Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, when Groucho Marx’s character Rufus T. Firefly says, “My father was a little headstrong, my mother was a little armstrong. The Headstrongs married the Armstrongs, and that’s why darkies were born.” Part of Marx’s line, primarily the term “darkies,” was removed from television prints of this film in the early 1970s. The full dialogue was restored in 1980 for home video releases and future broadcast syndication.

    Wikipedia

    • Replies: @Ragno
  57. a reader says:
    @ben tillman

    This is Bolshevism in action before our very eyes.

    And this is only the beginning …

    Historic WPA mural featuring only white children removed from Oak Park school.

  58. bgates says:

    You know who else is going to need to have statues covered up, is this Paul Robeson character:

  59. @istevefan

    Woodie Guthrie was a Commie, so nothing’s gonna happen to him.

  60. Anonymous[396] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m surprised they didn’t dress the statue in a white Klan robe, since apparently what Kate Smith did was on par with being in the KKK. Hopefully at the Flyers’ home opener in October, fans will simply drown out the national anthem with their own rendition of “God Bless America”.

  61. @Dennis Dale

    Exactly. Nobody cares about Kate Smith or what she sang a zillion years ago. It’s the word GOD that’s got to go. To think that God would bless America? Ugh, where to begin with the liberals….

  62. @Lot

    Seriously Lot, you think playing the “i have a black friend” card clears Orville? The whole “i have a black friend” trope just proves a white is a double plus racist who isn’t even aware of how incredibly privileged he is from his white privilege.

    You’re outing Orville as a guy who never even looked inside his invisible knapsack before he took off.

    In fact, pretty sure Orville flat out stole his ideas about powered flight from his black classmate.

  63. Pontius says:

    This pisses me off. I still remember the Flyers using her as a good luck charm back in the 70’s. The coach of the opposing Maple Leafs came up with some ” pyramid power” schtick to counter it. Harmless fun from my youth. There was one night during a visit from the Red Army team where the three vocalists had a throw down to see who could sing their anthem with the most gusto. Kate did an admirable job, as did Roger Doucette and the Russian singer. Then the game proceeded and I think the Russians sat out for almost an hour after one of the Flyers levelled one if the Russians with a rather questionable hit. Damn, I guess I was about 8 or 9 then.

  64. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Meramec caverns used to have a cheesy show where they showed a film clip of Kate Smith singing in the ampitheater in the cave. They changed it before the current controversy.

    Revamped finale at Meramec Caverns

    A few days ago, a friend of mine commented on Facebook she and her children took a tour of Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri, including the big light-show-and-music finale in the caverns’ Theatre Room.

    She mentioned Celine Dion sang “God Bless America” during the finale.

    Not Kate Smith’s version? It had been a mainstay of tours since she visited Meramec Caverns during the late 1940s.

    She assured me it indeed was the Canadian superstar warbling Irving Berlin’s patriotic song (the irony of that was not lost on me). Kate Smith was mentioned by the tour guide, however.

    She also linked to this video:

    Apparently not many people know of this change. Many websites, including Roadside America, still refer to Kate Smith belting out the tune at the end of the tour.

    It turns out the Meramec Caverns website mentions the change occurred about 2 1/2 years ago:

    On September 11, 2014 Meramec Caverns unveiled a new state of the art light show. An all new computerized LED light show will replace an outdated manual incandescent light bulb show. This new light show, accompanied by the singing of the God Bless America, showcases vibrant lights along with images showcasing the beauty of America. This show is dedicated to the men and women who have served in our armed forces, police forces, and firefighters of the past, present, and future. In light of the unveiling being on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 we acknowledge the importance of remembering the brave sacrifices these men and women have made and continue to make in their lives. To those men and women we thank you.

    Here’s what the new light show replaced:

    You can’t hear it on the video, but that was when the tour guide furiously toggled a series of switches to create the desired lighting effects.

    A frequent description of both light shows is “cheesy.” But this sort of thing shows the genius of caverns owner Les Turilli Jr. and his dad, Les Sr. A “cheesy” spectacle probably will appeal to old-fashioned folks. And the so-square-it’s-cool aspect likely will appeal to younger audiences.

    https://www.route66news.com/2017/04/12/revamped-finale-meramec-caverns/

  65. Anon87 says:

    I can’t see Big George giving this much of a thought. More likely firing the moron who suggested not playing it anymore.

    My hope is they quietly bring it back around the Fourth of July.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  66. @Anon87

    That would have been a good Seinfeld episode: In the Yankees front office, Little George Costanza gets delegated the job of telling Big George Steinbrenner that the Yankees can’t play Kate Smith’s God Bless America anymore because of Reasons.

    • Replies: @Anon87
  67. istevefan says:
    @dan sickles

    Wow, I never heard about that.

  68. Anon87 says:
    @Steve Sailer

    They should have combined it with the episode where Kramer tanned too much and met the black family of his latest girlfriend.

    Now that the precedent has been set, what happens when someone digs up something racially insensitive spoken by the Babe, DiMaggio, Mantle, etc.? Antifa vandalizes Monument Park?

    Yogi gets a pass because he liked chocolate milk Yoo-Hoo.

  69. Ibound1 says:

    This has nothing to do with Kate Smith and the songs she sang. Nothing. It’s about “God Bless America”. The words and sentiments of that song are now considered hate crimes and that song must grate horribly on the ears of a SJW and our “new Americans”. This is the excuse to get rid of it.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  70. Malcolm Y says:

    This is the latest outrage of the week: SO WHAT. Everyone’s going to run around doing research trying to think of a really, really cool comeback to write. And then, TSK TSK. And then we’re one more mile down that highway.

    We’re all eunuch members of a idiotic debating society that doesn’t win – can’t win. What are we going to do besides piss into the wind? Vote for Mitt Romney?

  71. @Mr. Anon

    That’s one of my favorites, Mr. Anon. On my behalf, I can proudly tell you all that I only listened to it because I could not make out those words in the 100 times I’ve heard Brown Sugar, due mostly to my chronic lyricosis, and the fact that song lyrics don’t mean squat compared to the melody and sound when it comes to good music.

    Thank you for the update on those lyrics. (Really, I never even tried to make words out of that verse!). To support the former slaves, the next time I hear this song on youtube, uhhh, accidently, I will turn the volume down from 10 to 9. If anyone doubts my virtueousness, he can easily read up on the Peak Stupidity Reparations Plan anytime.

    BTW, I don’t think the Rolling Stones give a rat’s ass what some SJWs have to say about their music.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  72. @Ibound1

    If I were blowing that kind of bank on sports I wouldn’t want to be reminded of God either.

  73. Anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:
    @Boston Bob

    Jan and Kees are Dutch male names and they can be combined. So it’s natural to assume that Jan-Kees is the origin of yankee. When joking about different nationalities, we use typical names like Günther for a German, Sven for a Swede, Luigi for an Italian and so on, and of course two funny names together is even more funny.

  74. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    BTW, I don’t think the Rolling Stones give a rat’s ass what some SJWs have to say about their music.

    Not a bit, but then again, they seem to have special license when it comes to lyrics. Radio stations play Stones tunes with lyrics they’d play from no one else. Back in the Clinton days they even played “Star Star” (aka Star****er).

  75. Ragno says:
    @a reader

    Will the Marx Brothers be next ?

    They had better be next. For 100 years, they’ve been getting a free pass on defaming Italians as morons by dressing up a Jew to play a particularly crooked and stupid one.

    (As an easygoing sort, I’d given Lenny “Chico” Marx a pass for decades – but in the game of who?/whom?, Jews seem to only ever participate as referees. That day is over.)

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