The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of singer Kate Smith and announced that they are no longer using her popular rendition of "God Bless America" at their games.
This follows news that the New York Yankees have also stopped using Smith's recording during their games.
The late singer, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1982, has been facing criticism due to allegations of racism due to controversial songs she recorded in the 1930s.
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"The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” “The NHL principle 'Hockey is ..."
The Kate Smith statue has been removed from outside the Wells Fargo Center. pic.twitter.com/iQvMY1OsA0— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 21, 2019
Philadelphia Flyers And Kate Smith Are All Over Twitter Today
Don't be surprised if the culture jihadists declare that any art, books or culture created before the 21st Century must be eradicated. https://t.co/e7qZChPm3I— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 22, 2019
Kate Smith raised $11 billion dollars in 2019 dollars to fight actual Nazis. Social justice warriors who call people they disagree with about politics Nazis just got her banned in our country. This is the height of absurdity: https://t.co/2h5HXD6Pzb— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 20, 2019
More Than 30K People Are Talking About This
Kate Smith raised $600 million during World War II to help defeat Hitler's Germany. This week the Yankees & Flyers banned her singing of "God Bless America" & the Flyers covered up her statue. This controversy is patently absurd. Read & share this: https://t.co/2h5HXD6Pzb— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 20, 2019
The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of Kate Smith, whose rendition of "God Bless America" was played during home games for decades, over her racist songs from the 1930s https://t.co/nBuE28VQiw pic.twitter.com/goNTcUrpmf— CNN (@CNN) April 21, 2019
The Philadelphia Flyers have removed the Kate Smith statue today. Turns out local Black Lives Matter activists filed the original complaints. READ: https://t.co/e7qZChPm3I— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 22, 2019
Philadelphia Flyers And Kate Smith Are Clearly A Big Deal Today
The Philadelphia Flyers have removed the previously covered Kate Smith statue amid allegations of racism. https://t.co/YqC506CJsN— Action News on 6abc (@6abc) April 21, 2019
these "discoveries" about kate smith are interesting to me because i wonder if her initial popularity was because of her racism, not in spite of it. then people just didn't talk about it for a long time. https://t.co/DWfYiaEoLX— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) April 22, 2019
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