Blue Mink track banned from British airwaves over racist lyrics

Blue Mink’s 1969 song of racial harmony Melting Pot has been banned from British radio over its racist lyrics.
The track’s lyrics, sung in part by African-American vocalist Madeline Bell, are meant to promote love between people from different backgrounds, but its lyrics contain numerous racist slang words that are now thought unacceptable.
After the song was played on Gold radio, Britain’s broadcast regulator Ofcom looked into a complaint and found the song’s use of racist language, which includes references to “curly Latin kinkies” and “yellow Chinkies”, meant it should not be played on British radio.
Ofcom officials ruled that the racist language was not mitigated by the song’s overall message – especially as Gold presenters failed to put the song in context by discussing its title and message.
“The title Melting Pot, which may have provided an indication of the track’s overall message, was not broadcast, nor was the song introduced with any contextual information that would have highlighted its overall message to listeners,” Ofcom officials wrote in their ruling. “There was also no other context provided to justify the broadcast of the offensive language.”
This is not the first time the song has caused controversy as its offensive lyrics were mocked in a 1997 episode of the BBC comedy I’m Alan Partridge, in which the lead character sings part of the song then worries it is no longer allowed.
Executives at Global Radio, Gold’s owner, defended the airing of the track due to its overall message of inclusivity.

by WENN

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