Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
The omission of Queen’s track “Fat Bottomed Girls” from a recently introduced kid-focused iteration of the iconic rock band’s Greatest Hits compilation, accessible through the Yoto children’s music player, has ignited a backlash among certain online users who perceive this as an instance of censorship.
Designed for children aged 3 to 12, the Yoto Player is a screen-free audio device that offers features such as a programmable night light, clock, podcasts, and an array of family-oriented music channels. The modified rendition of Queen’s Greatest Hits is accessible through the Yoto app, where users can acquire content in a manner similar to the functionality of Apple’s iTunes platform.
Certainly, it’s worth highlighting that the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” remains untouched in all other iterations of Queen’s Greatest Hits. The album, originally launched in 1981 and subsequently reissued in diverse formats globally, has not undergone any alterations to this particular song, except in the case of the Yoto version where it has been excluded.
Despite this context, online commentators engaged in discussions about the removal of the track, with certain individuals suggesting that this action might be connected to concepts such as “wokeness” and “cancel culture.” The decision to exclude the song from the Yoto version has sparked conversations regarding broader societal trends and perceptions.
In response to the track list alteration, a commenter remarked, “Signs of an industry eating itself. If you still listen to big labels/manufactured stars, you’re poisoning your mind.”
Another individual who seemed to oppose the change in the track list added, “I would have thought ‘Fat Bottomed Girls’ would have been a song of body positivity.”
However, an alternative perspective was presented by another online user: “It has not been removed from Queen’s Greatest Hits to ‘appease’ or due to ‘woke cancel culture.’ It’s simply absent from the version on a new kid-friendly streaming service designed for 6-14 year olds. But why allow the truth to interfere with another narrative of ‘wokeness’?”