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Famous 'God Bless America' rendition banned over singer's racist past

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It's been more than 30 years since Kate Smith died, but the singer is at the center of a recent controversy about racist lyrics. The NHL's Philadelphia Flyers announced they would stop playing her famous rendition of "God Bless America" during games and have removed her statue outside the team's arena. The MLB's New York Yankees said they pulled Smith's iconic version of "God Bless America" on April 1. The Yankees said the song had been a fixture at their games since 9/11. Smith's rendition has been replaced with other versions. #CNN #News
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Kathy F (1 day ago)
Kate smith was a great lady
Kathy F (1 day ago)
She had a beautiful voice
John Barone (21 days ago)
She had no racist past. As a young singer she was instructed to cover a now racist lyric. She had no choice. The second song was covered by the great African American Bass Baritone Paul Robeson. Only the gutless execs at the Flyers and the Yankees were so afraid of the "politically correct" to take this stupid action. I haven't watched a Yankee this year.
D D (23 days ago)
CNN is fake news! Kate Smith is a patriot 🇺🇸
ObsidianJay88 (24 days ago)
professional black men should not have dreads if i have to shave my fucking beard. i am so sick of the left. thwe media and news is making me racist. trump 2020!
ObsidianJay88 (24 days ago)
fuck the left
Jorgin 209 (24 days ago)
God Bless America 🙏🙏🙏🙏 https://youtu.be/L3gxBfWXhvI
Marlin Rabid dingo (1 month ago)
Will all you judgemental cockheads leave Kate Smith the fuck alone? The lyrics for the song that people mentioned was written while racial segregation was still a issue, so the sooner you social justice cunts shut the Fuck up the sooner the Flyers can put the statue back up and start using God bless America.
Tanner Rosario (1 month ago)
Well I think this is stupid because people now care when she was dead so long ago
Korinna Beckenbauer (1 month ago)
I picked up one of her records at a flea market this weekend and I hadn't heard of her before. I looked her up to see that the SJW's are trying to drag her down?? She died almost 40 years ago! Whatever, I'm just going to listen to my record and be happy😁
Korinna Beckenbauer (1 month ago)
I picked up one of her records at a flea market this weekend and I hadn't heard of her before. I looked her up to see that the SJW's are trying to drag her down?? She died almost 40 years ago! Whatever, I'm just going to listen to my record and be happy😁
navardo 3000 (1 month ago)
She's a big fat white bitch 👍🏾 I hope she Roth in hell, And fuck you if you think otherwise
john blackwell (1 month ago)
The reporter is wearing sneakers....
Ryan Poggioli (1 month ago)
If we deeply investigated most of America's past celebrities/artists I'm convinced we would find just as "disturbing" instances of behavior that today is viewed as racist or offensive. By no means am I supportive of racist or bigoted acts, but can't we as a society come to terms with the fact that many of the social/cultural norms of decades or centuries ago were very different from the ultra tolerant and PC ones of today? You can condemn the racist songs she sung, but to ban her entire discography is an example of self-censorship at its worst!
Naya Pakistan (1 month ago)
Maybe she was not racist in her later part of the life
Nathaniel Lionheart (1 month ago)
Lets just remove all history so we can be doomed to repeat it!! It is a wonderful old song sung by a great singer. Lets spend all our time judging the past instead of moving on!! This keeps us stuck in the past. It does not move us forward. That stupid activist got his ass handed to him. Historians like me who really know the past, the real past, the hard truth and not the bullshit these dumb fucks were taught in school, you see a far more complex picture of greater context of the past. Not only how people thought, but why and the fact that slavery, bigotry and hate were directed at many. Ever hear the term "Blacks and Irish need not apply"? Many were slaves!!! The same was applied to Germans, Slavs etc. Study Slavery and indentured servitude. Furthermore, learn who really runs the world and why and how different groups of people are pitted against each other. Racism is an elitist's tool. Humans learn slowly over long periods of time. Slowly, humans learn to do better. Maybe give credit to the hundreds of thousands of white soldiers and others who died to end slavery, and to countless others who stood with you in the civil rights movement. Quit obsessing on what some folks in the past did or believed and quit demonizing what some singer sung 80 years ago. GROW THE FUCK UP!!! Americans today are being hung separately because we do not hang together!!! You PC type people literally are the fascists and tyrants you claim to hate. And by banning things, you only create rebellion and hatred. You are nothing but sowers of discord and will one day be burnt like the chaff you are.
Cvp1969 (1 month ago)
regardless of the songs.. her voice had no business being cranked through loudspeakers during a sporting event anyway.. good riddance.
Secret Life of Stuffed Animals (1 month ago)
This sucks! I’m a big Yankee fan and I always enjoy listening to Kate Smith’s voice during a Yankee game. I was so upset when it was taken down.
M. Rizzy (2 months ago)
"Hold my beer." - Ronald Reagan
Yeti (2 months ago)
I am totally expecting family guy and south park to be banned in 10 years and it's creators deemed bigots. Fuck this modern world
Durhamfullon (2 months ago)
Give me a fucking break, this shit is getting ridiculous. All this PC stuff is way over the top
Mia Hess (2 months ago)
Oh, come on. How stupid is this?? Remember WHEN she recorded and also that people told her WHAT to sing. Different times. How stupid. It was 80 friggin' years ago! Different times, people.
Bud Lehn (3 months ago)
You have no shame CNN. Kate Smith had and has no racist past. Your dropping like stone ratings reflect just exactly how bad you are. You specialize in convicting people with no evidence whatsoever. Donald Trump is the latest example.
Impetuous Grandpa Muto (3 months ago)
This is dumb
Chris Johnson (3 months ago)
Tiger woods was my hero golfer until u my ass a nine idiot who now changed my mind. Did your paper sell? Are you going back 100 yrs yet? Just how far back you gonna go back? It’s a shame people like you don’t go back home. You’d rather stay here & pick on Democrats about how bad you had it. The Masters were born because of Nigars? I’ve never heard that. But poor boy, you have two homes. Go home!
Chris Johnson (3 months ago)
This Black ass hole is reaching. Wants to make a name for his newspaper. He’ gotta be sleeping with Hillary Clinton.
Chris Johnson (3 months ago)
With all the new emigrants moving in expect more complaints. Take away Apple pie and French toast.
dead ed (3 months ago)
A black person sang the same song before her, I her over a hundred black rap artists being racists twards whit people but they dont get shit...
chauncy817 (3 months ago)
CNN and Democrats love bringing up racism. Blacks are the most racist motherfuckers around but white liberals will defend that shit to please their black masters. Smh
Camille Richardson (3 months ago)
How can colored people do black face when they’re colored? 😂😂 He sounded really slow at that moment.
The Faith (3 months ago)
How do you correct something from someone whos dead
The Faith (3 months ago)
How are you celebrating racism with a song that isnt racist
Just Me (4 months ago)
So anything that unites us is forbidden and anything that might, could possibly, in anyway, be construed as racial or gender division is the new chant. The Democrat's were the ones who fought for slavery, segregation and gender inequality. I vote that we ban Democrat's from the United States. We can send them to Germany where they will be accepted with open arms. Maybe they can live in the remaining concentration camps they inspired and helped build.
Ann Quintana (4 months ago)
Racist huh, find a pure Anglo Saxon ? Few very few, Shut up liars, I didn't want to be another race. Yet look at it like the truth, no one wants to be you!
Chill Stoner (4 months ago)
it's crazy when u find out that everything you learnt ain't what it was
Kevin Burke (4 months ago)
Kate Smith was not a racist.
Drackkor (4 months ago)
What a stupid world we live in. 100 years from now everyone will be racist because they said African American. Dumb Fuckers in the Media destroying the world with political correctness.
Damion Hamilton (4 months ago)
so is the star USA national anthem, look up the 3rd virse...yes there's a 3rd virse
Inform me sports Tv news & knowledge (4 months ago)
What was wrong with her she just hated black people this race shit is so wild who bleeds different color blood? If you can't raise your hand to that you can't be racist.
Leachking PLA (4 months ago)
The white guy thats looks 90yrs old is actually only 31yrs young lol
Capt Sirl (4 months ago)
And if we knock down her statute and burn all the books we can count on one thing. It will all repete one day. Better to explain than to shove under the rug.
Jay Jay (4 months ago)
Funny it don't bother any of you that the Yankees didn't allow blacks on their team until like 1958 so it's that racism ok? Just wondering I mean if we go after one we go after all don't we?
Israël Âme (4 months ago)
Her aunt was a fucking racist, with her fat funky ass
Israël Âme (4 months ago)
I'm sorry but why are we acting like the Star Spangled Banner doesn't have a two whole verses of racists words
》Switchin Lanes《 (4 months ago)
#WhiteWashWorld #Fuckery
B .C. A. (4 months ago)
Y'all need to stop using the Race Card to try and get your way....RACE CARD CRY BABIES!
Tanner Herzman (4 months ago)
God Bless America was written by a Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin he did it for free too he did not profit off it. He loved America and what it had given him Freedom and opportunity.
Bud Lehn (4 months ago)
Yes, CNN, Trump was guilty of Collusion and Kate Smith was a racist based on a song she sang 88 years ago in 1931. You specialize in Fake News CNN. You have no ethics of any kind.
H Simpson (4 months ago)
she didn't write the songs
LngVly22 (4 months ago)
I don’t think anyone thought it was offensive at the time so I think it’s challenging to view it as racist nowadays. And frankly doing this just turns people against racial justice causes for a ridiculous reason.
Tommy mcvee (4 months ago)
Take down all your cup banners you won before having black players because that offends me. CNN calling them selves a news agency is offensive.
Quinton Haygood AKA THE REAL DRIZZY DRAKE (4 months ago)
Scooby Doo: raggy
Quinton Haygood AKA THE REAL DRIZZY DRAKE (4 months ago)
It's a clue
David Smith (4 months ago)
I was a Yankee fan for years. No more. I hope the wind up in the toilet.
Glenn Baier (4 months ago)
I think the history books need to be wiped clean, no more people, they didn’t exist. Even in 2019 with our holier than them attitude, good luck finding perfect role models that everyone can agree on.
Lloyd Woodward (4 months ago)
2019 everyone sitting around wondering How are my feeling going to be hurt today ?
J4D3N P4RR15H (4 months ago)
THAT WAS OVER 6 DECADES AGO!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?!
Cheetah Red (4 months ago)
Look at this fat ass cave beast🥺
Apple User 2 (4 months ago)
*_1 9 3 0 ‘ s_*
Stacey Hallam (4 months ago)
Its called BULLSHIT!
Rolie Rebel 03 (4 months ago)
Meanwhile a black dude sang the same fucking song WOOOOW
Rolie Rebel 03 (4 months ago)
Typical CNN supporting minion fucks
Bill Carr (4 months ago)
80 yrs a go pathetic
jt (4 months ago)
This is bullshit. It’s her song, our song. This is going to far. Stop this madness.
Blade777 (5 months ago)
Nisha Fields (5 months ago)
It’s HISTORY!!!!! People need to get over themselves. You have to keep everything in context. Taking away a statue or stop playing a particular song will never stop racism. And if ppl continue to wipe all of history away how will ppl learn from the past? This is truly ridiculous!!
James Cox (5 months ago)
Correction, her voice was a New York and Philly - European American favorite. I knew better than to listen to her, Judy garland, and any other old timey racists. In supporting these racists, other racists are able to be racist while maintaining a delusion of cognitive dissonance. Should've could've would've lip service adds insult to insult here. Good to see racist people sticking to their guns and standing up for their fellow bigots. It lets us know where they stand. And yes white folk, racism is racist, we know you know this stop lying to yourselves.
James Cox (5 months ago)
@Z-Man Overstreet you can't possibly think the use of the term white folk is racism you bumbling idiot. How is that racist, enlighten me with your lack of knowledge and logic. Your statement is a joke clown.
Z-Man Overstreet (5 months ago)
And your one of them, you had to throw in one of them "white folks" in there
Trusting God Only (5 months ago)
Leave this woman alone, she's been in hell over 30 year's. Singing a godly song won't get you into heaven. Your heart has to be right, that's what God looks at. Unfortunately it's many more has lived this way. And we'll continue. Hell ain't worth it at all! I bet she can tell you that now.
Woof Dog (5 months ago)
Kate Smith Rocks !
Darby Markum (5 months ago)
Honest to god people need to get over this stuff. The song is about America and honor all those here, "ALL". I see where the yankees and flyers fans want to protest, unfortunately I don't see that working out. I would suggest the fans start singing the words to the song at everygame, what are they going to do kick everyone out. That would be awesome to see true fans singing God Bless America
soxbearshwks (5 months ago)
the yankees and the flyers are owned by fucking pussies, they should tell people you don't like it, then fuck off
Michael 0. (5 months ago)
CNN sucks in this video. Why? They did not offer the 1945 statement of Kate Smith about tolerance, which was a very strong statement made after WW2 about what churches, communities and homes needed to do so that another world war didn't happen again. Yes, those songs are racist and blackface is racist, but CNN should have done their homework and seen the big picture about Kate Smith, as should those sports teams, before coming to a politically expedient conclusion. LZ Granderson needs to do the same thing also.
Alfred (5 months ago)
Whiney liberal pieces of shit, like the ones that watch CNN, need to be fucked to death.
Regan Babooram (5 months ago)
LMFAO she's not a racist, but she will happily sing disgusting racist songs. I'm saying you are fucking racist.
jigsmom98 (5 months ago)
And walt Disney? Too rich and powerful to be called out
Cole Cole (5 months ago)
The irony is how terrible both fan bases are for those teams ha. Now, they are going to change the name of the Master's lol.
Mona *4 (5 months ago)
Why ban it! This iconoclast problem is terrible. We should keep it forever. You know why its history. It shows future generations the racism of America. Erasing the racist history only white washed true black history. Erasing this history is like avoiding and a continuously not acknowledging our history. Here's an idea. Replace all of those statues around the country. But, add to those statues messaging how racist they were. Learn from the history....tell the truth how America hates black people.
Ms. Jazzy (5 months ago)
Deborrah Morgan (5 months ago)
You are racist!
Deborrah Morgan (5 months ago)
Deborrah Morgan (5 months ago)
Adrian Gomez (5 months ago)
Fuck that bitch destroy that damn statute lol ... Racist piece of shit look at you now ... Oh wait you can't hahaha
William Kerr (5 months ago)
Identify the scum that brought it up and let justice prevail.
MrCJNice (5 months ago)
idiots. all whites were racist in the early 19th century. blacks were their slaves. accept the truth. it was already history. we colored people dont have to be too sensitive. she is already dead. give it a rest!
Z-Man Overstreet (5 months ago)
If all whites were racist then why did we end slavery, we got our slaves because Africa gave them to us for resources. Since Africa had no money
Aniya Raine (5 months ago)
Jerry Marasco (5 months ago)
One question. When are they going to take down Paul Robeson's statue at Rutgers university???? He sang the same song 8 years before Kate Smith !!!
Burke 32 (5 months ago)
All these grown adults acting like kids again stupid fucks
L.B. Jones (5 months ago)
The Bodega Boys said it first!
Timothy Foster (5 months ago)
Rakhi Dookie (5 months ago)
Why are they arguing about this woman She’s like a dinosaur
insomthegreat (5 months ago)
@Rakhi Dookie What's her family's excuse now?
insomthegreat (5 months ago)
Because her family is claiming she wasn't racist.
Kimber B (5 months ago)
Lou is typical of men from his generation. His opinion during interview didn’t surprise me at all. He probably did a little black face himself.
J DS (5 months ago)
Brandon (5 months ago)
They had the wrong black guy on the panel
Brandon (5 months ago)
lee ventura (5 months ago)
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗. That's right!!! Thank God call out these racists
Iam Maat (5 months ago)
Her fat racist a$$! Strip them ALL! Peckerwoods need to get what's due to them!
GDUHB (5 months ago)
I would LOOOOOOOOVE to see someone defend this
Jake Does Movies (5 months ago)
Holy fucking shit This is the most communist thing I've ever heard
Nilu Patel (5 months ago)
God bless America that’s all I have to say.
T T (5 months ago)
As long as racist history continues to be relived, it must be destroyed, in order to be rewritten in a positive light.
Daniel Harvey IV (5 months ago)
So stupid. 50 years too late . With this logic , we can ban everything before the 1960s
NYs9thwonder (5 months ago)
Impossible as all those things built the capitalistic wealth that undergirds our current society.