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The Philadelphia Flyers have covered a statue of Kate Smith and announced that the team will no longer play her 1939 rendition of 'God Bless America' after learning of racially offensive song lyrics from the late singer's past.
Smith's statue near the Flyers' Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia was covered in black cloth on Friday morning – one day after it was reported by the New York Daily News that her rendition of 'God Bless America' is no longer being played during the team's regular seventh-inning stretch festivities.
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'We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization,' a Flyers spokesman said in a statement to the Daily Mail. 'As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.'
Smith's version of the song has been seen as a good luck charm for the Flyers since 1969, when the team began playing it before games. She went on to sing the song at Philadelphia's Spectrum on four occasions, including Game...
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