A PUB singer was arrested for alleged “racism” after belting out the chart hit Kung Fu Fighting as two Chinese people walked past.
One of them complained to cops, who later nicked stunned Simon Ledger – in a Chinese restaurant.
Simon, 34, often performs the song in Sandown, Isle of Wight. He said: “I hadn’t even seen these two.”
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 police.
“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 you?”
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.”
“They phoned me when I was in a Chinese restaurant that night. They arranged to meet me and I was arrested.
Thanks to the Sun Newspaper for this article.