Back in the 50s in Britain there was a great comedic troupe called the Goons, consisting of Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, and Harry Secombe.
One of their big hits was a silly song called the Ying Tong Song, which is basically just a bunch of rubbish sung in silly voices. It was a big hit in the UK, and was even covered by the muppets in the US.
I showed it to my brother today and he says it is really offensive, that it could be construed as racist toward people of Asian heritage. I say it’s just gibberish, and that the only thing offensive about it is that he automatically assigned gibberish to a particular culture.
So, am I out of the loop and this song really is offensive, or is my brother just overly sensitive or possibly racist?
The Ying Tong Song, if you don’t already know it, is here:
3 answers by real people - Is the Ying Tong Song considered offensive?
Ying Tong Song
No, it’s just a likeable daft song. It doesn’t really mean anything, so how can it be offensive?