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Gingersnap
12-22-2008, 03:26 PM
Doing the Hokey Cokey 'could be hate crime'

The Hokey Cokey is an old novelty song that has been sung in music halls, at children's parties and at sherry-fuelled family gatherings for many years.

By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
Last Updated: 3:58PM GMT 21 Dec 2008

Supporters of Rangers FC have been banned from singing anti-Catholic songs at Ibrox stadium to taunt their rivals Celtic Photo: PA
But according to the Catholic Church and some Scottish politicians, singing the popular tune that begins with the words "You put your right hand in, your right hand out," may constitute an act of religious hatred.

A spokesman for the leader of the church in Scotland said the song had disturbing origins.

Critics claim that Puritans composed the song in the 18th century in an attempt to mock the actions and language of priests leading the Latin mass.

Now politicians have urged police to arrest anyone using the song to "taunt" Catholics under legislation designed to prevent incitement to religious hatred.

Supporters of Rangers FC have been banned from singing anti-Catholic songs at Ibrox stadium to taunt their rivals Celtic, a club with Catholic roots.

But fans of the club are said to be discussing on internet forums the possibility of getting round the ban by singing the Hokey Cokey at next week's Old Firm derby between the clubs.

Peter Kearney, a spokesman for Cardinal Keith O'Brien, said:

"This song does have quite disturbing origins. Although apparently innocuous, it was devised as an attack on and a parody of the Catholic mass.

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But opposition politicians and football fans ridiculed the critics of the ditty. Murdo Fraser, deputy leader of the Scottish Tories, said: "I can't believe Scottish children performing the Hokey Cokey are doing so in pursuit of any sort of anti-Catholic agenda."

You just can't make this stuff up.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3883838/Doing-the-Hokey-Cokey-could-be-hate-crime.html)

FlaGator
12-22-2008, 06:00 PM
Sometime you can...

Dance Inventor Dies
What with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the almost unnoticed death, recently, of a very important person. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote the Hokey-Pokey died peacefully at home. He was 93.

According to a reputable source, the well-known participatory dance became popular in the USA during the 1950's. It originated in 1949, when Larry LaPrise, Charles Macak, and Tafit Baker created it as a entertaining novelty for the ski crowd at Idaho's Sun Valley resort. The trio were granted the copyright for an accompanying song in 1950, and Ray Anthony's big band recording turned the song and dance into a nationwide sensation. Hokey-Pokey appeared on the B side of Anthony's Bunny Hop single.

Hokey-Pokey has virtually the same lyrics as the Hokey-cokey, a song and novelty dance which had been popular in England since the mid-1940s. In addition to the lyrics, the two songs also share similar dance moves. Specific body parts are named; these are sequentially put into the ring, taken out of the ring, and finally wiggled around manically inside the ring.

There's a wonderful, summertime connection. Hokey-Pokey is New Zealand's national ice cream flavor: crunchy toffee in vanilla. In England, Hokey-Pokey is a traditional name for ice cream, probably originating from the Italian vendors who peddled their wares shouting, Ecco un poco ("Try a little...").

LaPrise's funeral was private, attended mostly by family and close acquaintances. The most traumatic part was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in...and then the trouble started.


http://www.tedcrane.com/Folkstuff/200406_HokeyPokey.htp

Gingersnap
12-22-2008, 07:55 PM
You did terrific research! Now I'm hating on the Nanny Staters who started this malicious rumor. :mad:

FlaGator
12-22-2008, 09:39 PM
You did terrific research! Now I'm hating on the Nanny Staters who started this malicious rumor. :mad:

I heard that at Larry LaPrise's funeral, the put the casket in, took the casket out. Put the casket in and they shook it all about, then they did the hokey pokey and the turned the box around cause that's what it's all about.


(sorry I couldn't resist)

Gingersnap
12-22-2008, 10:43 PM
I heard that at Larry LaPrise's funeral, the put the casket in, took the casket out. Put the casket in and they shook it all about, then they did the hokey pokey and the turned the box around cause that's what it's all about.


(sorry I couldn't resist)

You already know that you are going to burn in Hell. :D