Queen classic ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ dropped from band’s

The 1978 classic “Fat Bottomed Girls” by the legendary rock band Queen has been excluded from the band’s new greatest hits collection designed for younger listeners on the Yoto audio platform. This move has sparked controversy within the context of cancel culture. While the intention behind placing songs on the platform is to introduce Queen’s music to kids, some critics have voiced their concerns about the decision to leave out the song, labeling it as “woke” or “ridiculous.”

Queen classic 'Fat Bottomed Girls' dropped from band's

According to an unnamed music industry professional speaking to The Daily Mail, the omission of the song has caused a stir in the music industry. The decision is seen as puzzling, given that the song is seen as light-hearted and fun. Critics argue that society should promote acceptance of people of all body types, in line with current values, rather than erasing such content.

Fox News contributor Joe Concha also weighed in on the matter, calling the exclusion “utterly ridiculous.” He pointed out that Queen was known for pushing boundaries and challenging norms with their innovative and “politically incorrect” music. Concha predicted that this move might lead to a surge in downloads of the song, due to the Streisand effect – a phenomenon where attempting to censor something only leads to increased attention.

The song “Fat Bottomed Girls” has been a staple in Queen’s catalog, alongside other hits like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was included in their 1981 Greatest Hits album. In the new release on Yoto, some classic tracks came with online content warnings, alerting listeners to the presence of adult themes, violence, and occasional references to drugs. Yoto promoted the album as an “ideal introduction to the music of Queen for young music lovers” while advising parents to exercise discretion when playing the content around younger children.

Queen classic 'Fat Bottomed Girls' dropped
Queen classic ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ dropped

Universal Music U.K.’s head of youth strategies, Sarah Boorman, spoke about the partnership with Yoto, stating that children should have access to a diverse range of music to cultivate a lifelong love for various genres. Queen’s Greatest Hits 1 album was launched as the inaugural release on the Yoto platform.

Efforts to obtain comments from both Yoto U.K. and Universal Music U.K. by Fox News Digital were made, but no responses were received at the time of publication. The situation has ignited discussions about the role of cancel culture, artistic expression, and the potential unintended consequences of excluding controversial content from the public sphere.

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