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Y.M.C.A. WRONG TRACK FOR OLYMPIC GAY PROTEST

Y.M.C.A. ... monster hit for Village People but not necessarily a gay anthem.

Y.M.C.A. ... monster hit for Village People but not necessarily a gay anthem.

 

It's common knowledge that the USA wants to make a song and dance over Russia's anti-gay propaganda legislation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The latest suggestion from gay rights activists is that the Village People's monster hit disco track Y.M.C.A. should be blared over the loudspeakers as the Americans are introduced at the opening ceremony.

But Victor Willis, the group's lead singer who wrote the lyrics, told World Entertainment News Network (WENN) the song should not be used against the anti-gay sentiment because, contrary to popular belief, it was never written as a gay anthem.

Willis, who recently recaptured ownership of the copyright to the iconic song, has even been invited to perform it at the Olympics.

“If they want to use the song that way, go right ahead, but I think it's silly because the lyrics were written by me as an expression of urban youths having fun at the YMCA,” he said.

“The words were crafted by me to be taken any number of ways but not specific to gays. It's much broader than that. The song is universal.

“I don't mind that gays think the song is about them but I won't perform the song in support of any protest.

“But I would consider performing the song as part of the opening ceremonies and lead the stadium into the 'Y.M.C.A.' dance as a show of world unity because that's something I believe the world can relate to.

“But I have only been asked to perform as part of a protest. And to that, I say no.”

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