The Banned Sri Lankan World Cup Song

by Devanshu Mehta

I had saved this story away during the World Cup, but never got around to posting it. It’s still funny. A Sri Lankan World Cup song, billed as the “Official National Cheer” for the team, was pulled by broadcasters after their president said it was offensive:

“Come on, come on,” runs the song, urging supporters to raze West Indies coconut trees, break the jaws of sharks in New Zealand, melt the snow on Indian mountains, and feed bird food to kangaroos in Australia.

It promises that the Sri Lankan side will shake the roof of the “English palace” – presumably Queen Elizabeth’s residence – and “will shatter the roof of heaven” with their sixes.

I have a feeling that if all the snow on Indian mountains melted, Sri Lanka would be submerged. Just saying.