Spicy, colorful and with a distinctly Canadian flavor, the song that spawned “Spongie Bobs” has been the subject of controversy for decades.
The lyrics to the catchy tune have been a source of controversy in recent years.
The song, which originated in the 1980s with a theme about how much better it is to live in Canada than the United States, has been dubbed “the song of racism.”
“We don’t need to be in a country with a bad record on our children,” wrote the narrator of the song.
“It’s not fair to the Canadian people.
That’s why we need a good record in America.”
Critics have slammed the song for glorifying racism, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the song’s lyrics are now being used to promote a documentary film, “The Roots of America,” about how the song became a rallying cry for anti-government protests and other political issues.
The CBC recently produced a documentary about the song, titled “Spin-Off: The Roots of American Pop Culture.”
A number of celebrities have spoken out about the controversy.
On Twitter, rapper and actor Rick Ross wrote, “If this song was made in Canada and America we’d be living in a different country.”
On Instagram, actor and comedian Jon Lovitz tweeted, “Can you imagine the uproar if we made this song in Canada?”
In January, actor David Schwimmer released a song that was largely inspired by the song and called it “a slap in the face for America.”