Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ringo's "You're Sixteen" roped into political controversy


Ringo Starr's hit 1973 cover of "You're Sixteen" was referenced in news this week about embattled Alabama Senate nominee Roy Moore, who is accused of sexually harassing multiple women when they were teenagers.

In a TV appearance Monday, Joel Pollack, an editor for the right-wing extremist outlet Breitbart News, told CNN's Chris Cuomo.

“Ringo Starr hit No. 1 on the billboard charts with the song ‘You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine.' And it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30-something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”

Cuomo shot back:

“You can’t be serious. You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to prey on teenagers? You don’t believe that, Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that.”

I haven't seen any comments from Ringo, but hopefully this will all boost sales of his excellent Ringo LP, which features his rendition of the Johnny Burnette song.



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