The Philadelphia Flyers NHL joined New York Yankees in baseball on Friday, stopping Kate Smith's play "God bless America" on home games through songs in other songs that the singer recorded.
Statue of Smith, standing in the sports complex of Philadelphia since 1987.
"It has recently become known to us that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive texts that do not reflect our values as an organization," Flyers said. "When we continue to consider this serious case, we remove Katie Smith from the book" God bless America "from our library and cover the statue that stands outside our arena."
The statue of Smith was placed outside Philadelphia's old Spectrum arena in 1987 and was relocated nearby when the arena was destroyed in 2011.
Smith, who died in 1986 at the age of 79, for a long time was considered an American icon, largely because of her association with "God Bless America," Irving's Berlin Song of 1918, which she recorded in 1939.
"At the height of her career, during the Second World War, she has been repeatedly named one of three or four of the most popular women in America," New York says, "Never An Obituary For Smith." No showbiz figure even came to her as a seller of military bonds during the Second World War. During the 18-hour stay on the CBS radio network, Miss Smith sold $ 107 million of military bonds issued by the US government to finance the war. Its total number of marathon series was more than $ 600 million. "
Smith received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in 1982.
But recently the Yankees began to realize that Smith sang the song of 1931, "That That Why The darkened ones were born:" Someone had to choose cotton, someone had to choose corn, someone had to serve and be able to sing, so they were born dark-skinned .
The song was considered a satire of racism in its time, with the activist of civil rights, Paul Robson also recorded the version.
Smith also recorded a song titled "The Pikantine Heavens," and it was similar to the "Mummy" powder baking ad. 19659005] Flyers played Smith's version of "Bless America" before winning all the necessary games since 1969, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and records in these games – 101-31-5. his Stanley Cup 1974.
Yankees played Smith "God bless America" before the seventh innings for 18 years.
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Removing the version of Smith comes as the consideration of American icons has attracted more attention. In recent years, some have called for the renaming of John Wayne Airport in Southern California after social media exploded through an interview with Playboy in 1971. In the interview, Wayne expressed his remarks against Native Americans and African Americans, who many considered racist.
But Jack Fowler, vice president of the National Survey, argued that the Yankees and flyers are going too far to drive Smith. 19659005] "When she did not raise the dough to crush fascism, Smith visited soldiers," Fowler wrote, quoting from the obituary Times that Smith "traveled nearly 520,000 miles to entertain US troops."
"This is the equivalent of 130 times around the world," he added. "While the Yankees played baseball and loaded after the game."
Associated press contributed to this report.