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AIBU to not want my children to listen to the song "Witch Doctor"?

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YreneTowers Mon 06-Nov-17 14:40:54

My husband fondly remembers this song from his childhood as being a jolly children's song with a bouncy chorus full of nonsense syllables which are fun to sing along to.

I hadn't heard it before, so didn't object when he played it for DS1(8) and DS2(4).

I found that it was a man singing about how the object of his affections did not reciprocate, so he'd gone to the "witch doctor" for advice. So far, so entitled male upset at being 'friend zoned', I thought. Not at all the lesson I want my sons to learn.

Even worse was the chorus, which I find racist and extremely unpleasant.

Unfortunately, 4 year old DS2 has taken to singing the chorus, and I live in fear of the day he does it in public or at school. I do not want to have to explain why he is singing "Ooh eeh ooh aah aah ting tang wollah wollah bing bang" in front of classmates of all races to the headmistress.

And how do I get him to stop doing it? To him, it's just funny nonsense words. He doesn't understand that the words are offensive.

DH thinks I'm being silly and oversensitive, though.

DH, I and our two DS are all white, in case that makes a difference.

MistressPage Mon 06-Nov-17 14:46:46

You should see the full original verses of The Sun Has Got His Hat On....

Passmethecrisps Mon 06-Nov-17 14:46:54

I am not sure I see your issue with the chorus. Is it not just noises essentially?

Bluelonerose Mon 06-Nov-17 14:48:21

I sing that with my children because I think it's ace blush

I didn't realise there was anything wrong with it.

Nazdarovye Mon 06-Nov-17 14:48:55

It's just a song. You are a very silly person.

FiddleWiddiRiddim Mon 06-Nov-17 14:49:20

I don't get it

araiwa Mon 06-Nov-17 14:49:26

how are made up, nonsense words offensive? confused

HeyMicky Mon 06-Nov-17 14:49:50

It’s a spell. “I know that you’ll be mine when I say this to you: Ooh eeh etc etc”

Do you have issues with Harry Potter as well?

Oddmanout Mon 06-Nov-17 14:51:08

How on earth do you get racism from random nonsense words in a chorus? Honestly some people just look for issues where there aren't any. Its a kid singing a silly song, no one will care.

Branleuse Mon 06-Nov-17 14:51:31

whats the problem with singing about unrequited romantic feelings?

Which topics are ok for songs?

Violletta Mon 06-Nov-17 14:52:17

really???

Hey ! Witch Doctor ! Give us the magic word
All right, you go ooo ooo ooo ahah ting tang
Walla walla, bang bang !
All right !

Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bang bang

I told the witch doctor
I was in love with you
I told the witch doctor
I was in love with you
And then the witch doctor
He told me what to do

He told me

Ooo eee, ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bang bang
repeat

I told the witch doctor
You didn't love me true
I told the witch doctor
You didn't love me nice
And then the witch doctor
He game me this advice

You've been keeping love from me
Just like you were a miser
And I'll admit I wasn't very smart
So I went out and found myself
A guy that's so much wiser
And he taught me the way to win your heart.

My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to say
My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to do
I know that you'll be mine
When I say this to you

You've been keeping love from me
Just like you were a miser
And I'll admit I wasn't very smart
So I went out and found myself
A guy that's so much wiser
And he taught me the way to win your heart.

My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to say
My friend the witch doctor
He taught me what to do
I know that you'll be mine
When I say this to you

Maudlinmaud Mon 06-Nov-17 14:53:22

The song is a crime to music but not much else op.

ginghambox Mon 06-Nov-17 14:54:06

Racist? extremely unpleasant? offensive? ffs.

HeebieJeebies456 Mon 06-Nov-17 14:54:47

Considering the song was in the charts for ages being played by radio and tv stations - you are definitely being unreasonable.

Soubriquet Mon 06-Nov-17 14:54:52

hmm

You ought to hate just about every song then really

Oddmanout Mon 06-Nov-17 14:55:18

Romeo is heartbroken that Rosaline doesn't love him back and would do anything to make it so. Should Shakespeare be banned because of Romeo's "entitled male upset at being 'friend zoned'?"

Lemonicelolly1 Mon 06-Nov-17 14:55:34

Sorry if I'm being a bit silly here but I don't understand how the song is racist? blush

12hrsoff Mon 06-Nov-17 14:55:49

I think all this should be the least if your worries.

bubblybum Mon 06-Nov-17 14:55:52

Which bit is racist?

Soubriquet Mon 06-Nov-17 15:01:11

Perfectly innocent song as a kid...not as an adult grin

If you're alone and you need a friend
Someone to make you forget your problems
Just come along baby
Take my hand
I'll be your lover tonight

[Pre-chorus:]
Whoa oh whoa oh
This is what I wanna do
Whoa oh whoa oh
Let's have some fun
Whoa oh whoa oh
One on one just me and you
Whoa oh whoa oh

[Chorus:]
Boom boom boom boom
I want you in my room
Let's spend the night together
From now until forever
Boom boom boom boom
I wanna double boom
Let's spend the night together
Together in my room

confusedandemployed Mon 06-Nov-17 15:03:09

😂😂😂
It's a brilliant nonsense song, get over yourself.
They played it in the mini disco while DD and I were on hols in Cyprus with my DF this year. He remembers it being in the charts in the late 50s.

Shootfirstaskquestionslater Mon 06-Nov-17 15:03:37

What planet are you living on how is that song racist your going to be one of those mum's who finds issue and offence with everything. Why don't you just ban all music. Get a grip your over reacting.

jitterbug5 Mon 06-Nov-17 15:09:45

😂😂 am I missing something?

WhoWants2Know Mon 06-Nov-17 15:12:34

Are you kidding? It was an original Chipmunks song! I still sing it with my kids, like my parents did with us.

demirose87 Mon 06-Nov-17 15:12:53

Get out more.

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