The song you hear above was the brainchild of Rostom Sipan “Ross” Bagdasarian, a cousin of author and playwright William Saroyan. He performed under the stage name of Dave Seville, and using that name, had a novelty hit in 1958 with “I Told the Witch Doctor.” The song introduced the gimmick of speeding up a human voice to sound high pitched and funny, as with helium. The singing “witch doctor” (it was, of course, “Seville” himself) was returned to vinyl later in the same year as a chipmunk, actually three chipmunks, in a Christmas novelty song, “Christmas Don’t Be Late.” That hit, in turn, spawned sequels, eventually an animated TV series, and finally, two movies.
By current woke standards, having a “witch doctor”—generally thought of as a black member of a primitive African tribe—sounding silly and singing gibberish like “Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang, ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bang bang” is racially demeaning (rather than what uninfected people would call “silly and harmless”) bordering on racist.
Is it? That doesn’t matter: if the Woke say it’s racist, then it is, at least sufficiently to intimidate anyone out of testing the Grievance Mob by performing or playing it. But by the rules as I understand them, a performer who sang a “racist” song at any point in their career is, by definition, racist. That means song-writer Ross Bagdassarian was racist (and that his immortal alter-ego, Chipmunks manager Dave Seville, is racist), which means Alvin, Simon and Theodore are also racist, since not only did their real voice (Bagdassarian) sing the “Witch Doctor” song, he sang it as a chipmunk—we just didn’t know it was a chipmunk then.
Doesn’t that make Alvin and the Chipmunks racist by definition? I’m asking for clarification here. If we are going to have absurd, retroactively enforced political correctness rules, they should at least be consistent.