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RZA wrote a new ice cream truck
jingle to replace ‘racist’ song
‘Turkey in the Straw’

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Posted By: Ribicon, 8/14/2020 5:55:26 PM

Get ready to scream for ice cream—with a brand-new song. RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, has partnered with Good Humor to write a cheerful new ice cream truck jingle in place of “Turkey in the Straw”—an earworm with a troubled history long criticized for being racist. “Remember that ice cream jingle?” the rap legend, 51, said while introducing his new song. “Of course—we all know it. I’m not gonna play it right now because we come to find out that it has racist roots.(Snip) In 2014, NPR documented the history of the tune, which was used in racist minstrel

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Ice cream trucks are usually white, they sell vanilla ice cream, and they probably don't even accept EBT. What could be more racist than that? Meanwhile, slaves were imported on ships that flew Old Glory; how long before our flag and national anthem become "problematic," like the so-called white supremacist Betsy Ross flag?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: valinva 8/14/2020 6:05:10 PM (No. 510207)
Not one in 100,000 people thought of racist alternative lyrics or minstrel shows from the 1800s when hearing Turkey in the Straw. Good Bye Good Humor.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: red1066 8/14/2020 6:06:08 PM (No. 510209)
Paint every truck black and play any HIP HOP song that glorifies cop killing and big butts.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: PlayItAgain 8/14/2020 6:12:55 PM (No. 510216)
https://newrepublic.com/article/117792/racist-ice-cream-song-story-nprcom-wrong It's from 2014, but it's a good response to the stupidity of the NPR story (but I'm redundant) that started all of this. Check out the author.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: padiva 8/14/2020 7:20:03 PM (No. 510278)
Whatever... How do I change my cell ringtone to be Turkey in the Straw?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander 8/14/2020 7:44:14 PM (No. 510290)
Day-yam! I loved hearing that song from the Good Humor ice cream truck! Being just a 50’s kid, I had no clue of the vile racism of that music. I now hang my head in deep shame. (Not really)
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kowgirl 8/14/2020 8:03:13 PM (No. 510309)
I'm surprised there are still ice cream trucks!!!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: JHHolliday 8/14/2020 8:16:01 PM (No. 510324)
Re #4. My ringtone is “Dixie”. It turns a few heads but they can kiss my rebel patoot if they are offended. It’s a beautiful tune that was written by a Yankee. I am an ancient old coot and really don’t give a damn what other people think anymore.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mushroom 8/14/2020 8:16:56 PM (No. 510325)
#4 here: https://www.ancta.com/ringtone/turkey-in-the-straw/ I read the lyrics, as a fan of old folk/Americana I saw *nothing * racist. What is wrong with these people? Are they just making things up? I assume they forgot all about the Irish slaves and other indentured servants.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 8/14/2020 8:27:21 PM (No. 510330)
I don't see the problem. Locally, the ice cream truck drivers don't seem to understand English and play seasonal songs on the wrong season. Lawd have mercy. There is a racist under every rock. The only solution is to pack up and move to Liberia or South Africa.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Connor 8/14/2020 8:33:49 PM (No. 510335)
Oh, please stop this insanity.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: udanja99 8/14/2020 9:11:37 PM (No. 510350)
I wonder what it’s like to spend every minute of every day seeking to be offended by something. Leftists are completely miserable - I’ve never met a happy one. Have you?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jennie C. 8/14/2020 9:17:36 PM (No. 510353)
Other than the dialect, which sounds Southern to me: how is this possibly racist? As I was a-goin' On down the road With a tired team And a heavy load I cracked my whip And the leader sprung I says day-day To the wagon tongue Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Roll 'em up and twist 'em up A high tuck a-haw And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw Went out to milk And I didn't know how I milked the goat Instead of the cow A monkey sittin' On a pile of straw A winkin' at His mother-in-law Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Roll 'em up and twist 'em up A high tuck a-haw And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw I came to the river And I couldn't get across So I paid five dollars For a big bay hoss Well, he wouldn't go ahead And he wouldn't stand still So he went up and down Like an old saw mill Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Roll 'em up and twist 'em up A high tuck a-haw And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw Did you ever go fishin' On a warm summer day When all the fish Were swimmin' in the bay With their hands in their pockets And their pockets in their pants Did you ever see a fishie Do the Hootchy-Kootchy Dance? Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Turkey in the straw Turkey in the hay Roll 'em up and twist 'em up A high tuck a-haw And hit 'em up a tune called Turkey in the Straw
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Goose 8/15/2020 7:23:58 AM (No. 510542)
Is this the racist, minstrel show version of which they speak??? I went down to Sandy Hook the other afternoon I went down to Sandy Hook the other afternoon I went down to Sandy Hook the other afternoon And the first person I met there was Old Zip Coon. Old Zip Coon is a very fine scholar. Old Zip Coon is a very fine scholar. Old Zip Coon is a very fine scholar. And he plays upon his banjo "Coonie in the Holler." This version was in our school folk song book in Florida in the 1950s along with Old Folks at Home and Fooba Wooba John.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Historybuff 8/15/2020 10:31:33 AM (No. 510737)
So much for humor, good or otherwise. The funny thing is that 100 years from now rap will be considered racist and the minstrel show of our times.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Historybuff 8/15/2020 10:32:33 AM (No. 510739)
And no fooling. The ice cream truck in my neighborhood plays “LA COCKARACHA”
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 8/15/2020 11:35:43 AM (No. 510832)
#1, you are right but it is one in ten million. What a load of BS, as usual.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 8/15/2020 11:43:42 AM (No. 510839)
Thanks, #12, nothing even slightly racist about those lyrics. And if some puke took a popular song and wrote different lyrics....SO WHAT? That doesn't permanently smear a fine, harmless song. Racist blacks are really insane. Literally.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: StormCnter 8/15/2020 3:36:45 PM (No. 511082)
We were in a Tijuana bar in early 1958 when the emcee told the sparse audience that Lt. Buddy Knox was in the house and asked Knox to come to the stage and sing "Party Doll". Knox graciously loped up to the front of the band, spoke a few words with them and then grabbed a mike. All these years later, we smile to remember Knox belting out his gold record song while the clueless Mexican band played "Turkey in the Straw" behind him.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 8/15/2020 4:36:56 PM (No. 511132)
Hah! For #18, I was getting ready to play at a pre boda in Hermosillo many years ago and one of the groupies was doing a Mic check, exhorting (in a most serious tone of voice) for all the women to take their black panties off. I guess you had to be a gringo to find the humor.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 8/15/2020 7:00:28 PM (No. 511237)
So he's writing a rap jingle full of hos, pimps, the "n" word and f bombs?
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