Kate Smith Is at the Center of a Scandal about Her Racist Lyrics
Following the accusations of racism that have arisen lately against Kate Smith, the Philadelphia Flyer team has decided to get rid of the statue of the late singer.
Recent accusations against the racist content of some of Kate Smith's songs have provoked some extreme reactions among her fans, this time a hockey team has decided to take out one of the singer's monuments from their field.
It all happened on Sunday, April 22, when Philadelphia Flyers players decided to take the statue of the deceased singer out of the arena of the NHL stadium after strong accusations of racism against the star of the 1930s.
Paul Holmgren, the president of the Flyers, said in a statement: “The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for. As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”
Two days before, the Flyers had announced that Smith's recording of "God Bless America" had been removed from their library and had also covered the statue of the singer to show their discontent with the message of some of her lyrics.
The New York Yankees team also performed a similar act in their last game by suspending the use of Smith's popular song during the seventh inning of the game. It is the first time in 18 years that the team has been on the field without touching their most representative song.
Flyers have cut ties with Kate Smith & have covered up the statue at the complex. pic.twitter.com/pPcgAXtFHB— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) April 19, 2019
Between the songs by which the legendary singer is accused of racism is included a song of 1939 titled "Why the Darkies were born." The melody originated in the Broadway version of the George White scandals in 1931, and at that time was considered a satire.
Smith's connection to the Flyers began in 1969 when a team executive selected his version of God Bless America as the team's signature song. As of that date, the singer interpreted the theme several times before the games in the 1970s.
The Kate Smith statue has been removed from outside the Wells Fargo Center. pic.twitter.com/iQvMY1OsA0— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 21, 2019
The family of Kate Smith learned that the Philadelphia Flyers removed the statue of the singer after being informed by Eyewitness News on Sunday night. The statue had been erected by the team in 1986, a year after the death of the singer.
"I am appalled," said Suzy Andron, Smith's niece, when she learned that only the base of her aunt's statue remains in the place that saw her sing so many times.
More fallout this morning over racism allegations against late singer Kate Smith. On Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of Smith from outside the Wells Fargo Center. pic.twitter.com/OWdWlQePKs— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 22, 2019
In a similar story, a gas station clerk got fired after she was captured in a video during a racist rant at a customer. She told the Latin American woman to speak English "because this is America."
The surprised customer, who withstood the tirade with her 18-month-old baby in her arms, revealed that she decided to record the incident when the woman grew more and more enraged and offensive after she apologized.