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Jose Feliciano protests use of his 'Feliz Navidad' for musical spoof about illegal immigrants
Washington Examiner ^ | 12/24/09 | SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS

Posted on 12/24/2009 3:25:28 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Jose Feliciano protests use of his 'Feliz Navidad' for musical spoof about illegal immigrants

By: SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS

Associated Press

12/24/09 3:38 PM EST

NEW YORK — Grammy-winner Jose Feliciano has gotten an apology after accusing a pair of radio producers of trashing the spirit of Christmas by using his popular holiday song, "Feliz Navidad," for a racist musical spoof about undocumented immigrants.

Feliciano released a statement Wednesday saying that he was "revolted beyond words" and that the song was never meant to be "a vehicle for a political platform of racism and hate."

"When I wrote and composed 'Feliz Navidad,' I chose to sing in both English and Spanish in order to create a bridge between two wonderful cultures during the time of year in which we hope for goodwill toward all," the Puerto Rico-born singer said.

The parody, titled "The Illegal Alien Christmas Song," was created by radio producers and writers Matt Fox and A.J. Rice and was posted in mid-December on the Web site for Human Events, a Washington-based conservative weekly publication founded in 1944.

Web site editor Jed Babbin apologized Wednesday and said the song would be removed from the site. The link to the song's page was no longer available by Thursday.

"We regret any offense that Mr. Feliciano may have taken from this parody," Babbin said in an e-mail sent to The Associated Press.

One passage from the parody, sung in English, riffed on the stereotype of Latino immigrants as heavy drinkers, while another said "illegals" were going to "spread bubonic plague."

Born in Lares, Puerto Rico, in 1945, Feliciano was raised in New York City and wrote "Feliz Navidad" in 1970. It is one of the most popular Christmas songs in the world.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; christmas; feliznavidad; humaneevnts; humanevents; illegalaliens; illegals; immigrantlist; immigration; openborders; pc; racecard; racist
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How come these "artists" never protest Weird Al Yankovic for spoofing their pop music?

1 posted on 12/24/2009 3:25:29 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U30oiyPjjUU


2 posted on 12/24/2009 3:26:34 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Yo Jose: tough you-know-whatties....


3 posted on 12/24/2009 3:31:28 PM PST by boocoowell (Nuclear power now!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I just saw the song being used today on a “Dora The Explorer” Christmas episode.

I’m sure Feliciano receives plenty of royalties around the holidays.


4 posted on 12/24/2009 3:31:35 PM PST by SilvieWaldorfMD (Airlines can take their $15-per-checked-bag surcharge and shove it!)
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To: DogByte6RER

LOL...be sure to leave a comment!


5 posted on 12/24/2009 3:31:54 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: DogByte6RER

Some have.


6 posted on 12/24/2009 3:34:05 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Pendejo.
7 posted on 12/24/2009 3:34:35 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought he played for the Yankees.


8 posted on 12/24/2009 3:35:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey Jose.....vete a la mierda.


9 posted on 12/24/2009 3:35:55 PM PST by Electric Graffiti (Well, we didn't get dressed up for nothin')
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To: DogByte6RER

I agree with Mr. Feliciano. THe song is not funny and it is disgraceful. Leave Christmas alone. FELIZ NAVIDAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE CHRITMAS SONGS.


10 posted on 12/24/2009 3:36:18 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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What is abhorrent is using a song meant for celebrating the birth of Christ as a vehicle for hate and ignorance.


11 posted on 12/24/2009 3:37:04 PM PST by CalifScreaming (NO rubber screwdrivers)
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To: DogByte6RER

Weird Al gets an agreement from the artists first.

Not that I don’t agree with your underling premise.


12 posted on 12/24/2009 3:38:14 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m hardly a lawyer, but I thought parody was protected under the first amendment. Still, they likely got rid of it because of the risk of bad press.


13 posted on 12/24/2009 3:38:46 PM PST by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

If he meant what he said; he would say that about others who have done the same thing.


14 posted on 12/24/2009 3:39:01 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: DogByte6RER
"Feliz Navidad"

I always thought it was "Police nab me Dad".

Go figure.

15 posted on 12/24/2009 3:39:53 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Feliciano? Is that Spanish for a cross between fleas and guano? Okay, okay...

Songs are morphed for lampoon purposes all the time. I’m not sure what the legality of it is, but I don’t hear many artists getting cranky over it.


16 posted on 12/24/2009 3:40:05 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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To: DogByte6RER

I thought it was funny. I guess the truth hurts. However, if the guy is gonna use José’s music, José should see some pesos.


17 posted on 12/24/2009 3:40:08 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I agree with what you said.


18 posted on 12/24/2009 3:41:15 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: Sans-Culotte

Is jose an illegal immigrant or just an enabler? Wadda a tool.


19 posted on 12/24/2009 3:41:59 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: DogByte6RER

Surprised he saw something wrong with it.


20 posted on 12/24/2009 3:44:13 PM PST by ko_kyi
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To: humblegunner

Police Stop My Car

(Parody of Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano)

Police stop my car
Police stop my car
The police made me stop
Walk a straight line and blow a balloon up

Police stop my car
Police stop my car
The police made me stop
Walk a straight line and blow a balloon up

They wanna wish me a sober Christmas
That’s why they always pull me over Christmas
They say they’re just making sure
That there’s no open bottles in my car

They wanna wish me a sober Christmas
That’s why they always pull me over Christmas
They say they’re just making sure
That there’s no open bottles in my car

Police roadblock
Police roadblock
Police roadblock
I can smell the donuts as they smell my breath

Police roadblock
Police roadblock
Police roadblock
I can smell the donuts as they smell my breath

They wanna wish me a sober Christmas
That’s why they always pull me over Christmas
They’re gonna let me out on bail this Christmas
From the bottom of their hearts

Police lock me up
Police lock me up
The police lock me up
‘Cause when I blew, I blew a 2.1


21 posted on 12/24/2009 3:48:32 PM PST by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: DogByte6RER

He probably won’t mind so much when he gets the royalty check.


22 posted on 12/24/2009 3:48:58 PM PST by GoldenPup
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To: DogByte6RER

This is a lot funnier and it was made by a known liberal so its “safe”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbMeukdRDt8


23 posted on 12/24/2009 3:49:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Is he here legallY?

This is NOT about him; it's about the criminal invaders squatting in our "house", and taking from others via the Socialist machine.

24 posted on 12/24/2009 3:52:08 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: DogByte6RER

“He who cannot hate is not a man.”-Oswald Spengler, Decline of the West.


25 posted on 12/24/2009 3:55:18 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: iopscusa

He’s Puerto Rican, so yes, he’s legal.


26 posted on 12/24/2009 4:07:31 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: traditional1
Is he here legallY?

Huh? The article says that he was born in Puerto Rico. I can't imagine why you would think he was anything but legal.

27 posted on 12/24/2009 4:08:49 PM PST by elli1
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To: DogByte6RER
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Throw them so pesos
And they work so hard

Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
I don't even ask 
If they got green card

They're gonna pave up my driveway this Christmas
They're gonna clean up all my cars this Christmas
They're gonna shovel all the snow this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

They're gonna dig me a pool this Christmas
They're gonna landscape my lawn this Christmas
They're gonna cook me up some tacos this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Sixteen arrive
In a stolen car

Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
When they're not working
They sit at the bar

They're gonna drink some cervezas this Christmas
They're gonna shoot some tequila this Christmas
They're gonna get DUI's this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

They're gonna get free organ transplants this Christmas
They're gonna have anchor babies this Christmas
They're gonna scream si si pueda this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
One at a time
Run past those border guards

Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Illegals in my yard
Hugo Chavez
Sends his kind regards

They're gonna tackle Pat Buchanan this Christmas
They're gonna chase down Lou Dobbs this Christmas
They're gonna join up with La Raza this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

They're gonna spread bubonic plague this Christmas
They're gonna bring me lotsa bed bugs this Christmas
They're gonna pass tuberculosis this Christmas
Those illegals in my yard

28 posted on 12/24/2009 4:11:11 PM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: BunnySlippers

Weird Al gets an agreement now. He didn’t used to, basing his actions on the “Parody” fair use exception.


29 posted on 12/24/2009 4:19:39 PM PST by donmeaker (Invicto)
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To: DogByte6RER

I guess he would really be upset that Bob Rivers used it in Twisted Radio to spoof it using the lyrics “Police Stop My Car” sung by a Mexican.


30 posted on 12/24/2009 4:21:49 PM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: DogByte6RER

I’m sorry he does not see the humor in this.


31 posted on 12/24/2009 4:22:00 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Get used to it Jose.


32 posted on 12/24/2009 4:22:21 PM PST by AdaGray (uw)
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To: DogByte6RER

he should be more offended by the illegals...


33 posted on 12/24/2009 4:23:22 PM PST by ari-freedom (Global warming is the biggest scientific hoax since the Piltdown man.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Can’t he see it’s just a joke?


34 posted on 12/24/2009 4:23:33 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: CalifScreaming

Lighten up! YOu obviously have no sense of humor. I liked the song.


35 posted on 12/24/2009 4:58:14 PM PST by ohioman
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To: humblegunner

This is the guy who forever ruined the singing of the National Anthem before sporting events, back in 1968.


36 posted on 12/24/2009 5:00:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: DogByte6RER
Jose Feliciano has gotten an apology after accusing a pair of radio producers of trashing the spirit of Christmas by using his popular holiday song, "Feliz Navidad," for a racist musical spoof about undocumented immigrants.

Hey, you know what? I've offended by the plastered illegals who keep killing innocent drivers in my town. The most famous case was where a tanked Mexican in a borrowed pickup missed cornering the truck, jumped a barrier and mowed down a mother and daughter walking into a ballet school, killing them both. But that wasn't even the most recent accident. A majority of the time, if there's an arrest for drunk driving, especially for hit-and-run, it's an illegal.

Most people don't have armored limos, so you might have trouble understanding what they go through, Jose. The parody is not particularly hateful. It's a standard-style parody, very funny, and very truthful.

37 posted on 12/24/2009 5:04:20 PM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: DogByte6RER

Jose is still around? Didn’t he die in the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Big Bopper?


38 posted on 12/24/2009 5:06:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes, that was the day the music died.


39 posted on 12/24/2009 5:13:09 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: iopscusa

We used to live about a mile from where he lived/lives (in Weston, CT). Everything I ever heard about him was that he was a very good guy.

Merry Christmas, Freepers! Feliz Navidad!


40 posted on 12/24/2009 5:29:25 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: DogByte6RER

Not bad.


41 posted on 12/24/2009 5:35:46 PM PST by moehoward
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To: DogByte6RER

Mine The Border.


42 posted on 12/24/2009 5:48:05 PM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: DogByte6RER

Save for later. Thanks.


43 posted on 12/24/2009 5:50:57 PM PST by Nephi (freerepublic didn't even embed a campaign against the Huckster, but he's gone anyway)
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To: All

Hey comedians get with the program:

You are allowed to make fun of

1 Conservatives.
2. White Christians
3 Christians
4 Sarah Palin


44 posted on 12/24/2009 5:56:06 PM PST by rbmillerjr (It's us against them...the Establishment RINOs vs rank and file...Sarah Palin or bust)
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To: DogByte6RER

The parody is f-ing brilliant! Why? Because it rings true. Too bad Human Events took it down.


45 posted on 12/24/2009 6:10:32 PM PST by montag813
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To: DogByte6RER
For those FReepers who are bashing the parody as "hateful" and "promoting ignorance", keep this in mind...

"A Christmas Story" is one of the most beloved films today...a "new classic" for Christmas. TBS runs it all day long on Dec 25th every year.

Well the creator and director of that film, Bob Clark, was KILLED in 2007, along with his son by an illegal alien drunk driver (BAC 3x the legal limit).

46 posted on 12/24/2009 6:15:05 PM PST by montag813
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To: All

I guess Jose can’t see the humor in it.


47 posted on 12/24/2009 6:28:41 PM PST by troy McClure
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To: montag813

Don’t try to confuse me with facts.
My mind is made up and we need to spend even more of our great-grandchildrens’ money to help pay for the healthcare and education of people who don’t obey our laws.


48 posted on 12/24/2009 7:32:28 PM PST by american_ranger (Never ever use DirecTV)
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To: humblegunner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy1zupueNRo


49 posted on 12/24/2009 7:40:36 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: DogByte6RER
Does he have the copyright on the phrase? No! He needs to go back in his hideyhole & shuddup!


50 posted on 12/24/2009 8:15:23 PM PST by JustPiper (You think about revolution...Well...)
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