Queen’s 1978 anthem “Fat Bottomed Girls” was recently excluded from the latest children-focused greatest hits compilation on the Yoto audio platform. This move to feature Queen’s music on Yoto is designed to familiarize kids with the band’s legacy. However, the decision to leave out this particular track has drawn criticism, with many labeling it as “woke” or “ridiculous.”
“It is the talk of the music industry, nobody can understand why a light-hearted, enjoyable song is now deemed unsuitable in the current cultural climate,” commented an anonymous music industry insider to The Daily Mail.
“It is woke gone mad. Why not embrace individuals of every body type as society advises, rather than removing it?”
As a fat bottom girl, I’m more offended that it’s been dropped https://t.co/reGgAlpGFN
— Jordan Miller (@Jamiller1510) August 21, 2023
On Monday, Fox News analyst Joe Concha voiced his opinion on the matter, calling the exclusion “utterly ridiculous” during a conversation with “Fox & Friends First” hosts Todd Piro and Carley Shimkus. He emphasized that Queen was known to “take chances” with their boundary-pushing and “politically incorrect” songs.
“To imply, ‘All right, that song never existed’ is completely absurd. Plus, the unintended consequence might be an increased number of downloads of that song, even 40 years after its release,” he remarked.
“This is reminiscent of the saying ‘go woke, go broke,’ although it’s hard to argue they’re going broke given their massive earnings.”
Among the band’s iconic tracks, “Fat Bottomed Girls” stands out along with hits such as “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was prominently featured on their 1981 Greatest Hits album. However, the recent release came with online disclaimers for some songs, as per The Daily Telegraph.
Yoto’s website promotes the album as a “perfect starting point for young enthusiasts to explore Queen’s music,” followed by a cautionary statement about the mature themes present in some of the songs, which include “occasional mentions of violence and drugs.”
“While the songs are authentic and remain unaltered, and no explicit language is present, parents are advised to exercise caution when exposing younger listeners to this content,” the advisory further elaborates.
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Sarah Boorman, Universal Music U.K.’s chief of youth-oriented initiatives, stated to The Daily Telegraph: “The collaboration between Universal Music and Yoto represents the debut of significant mainstream music on Yoto’s platform.
“Young listeners deserve diverse musical experiences to nurture a lasting appreciation for all music genres. We’re thrilled to present Queen’s iconic Greatest Hits 1 album as our inaugural offering.”
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