Karaoke Killings: Where You Might Get Murdered Singing “My Way”

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In response to the recent increase in the number of killings in Philippine karaoke bars, Benevolent Leader Chairman Meow has a statement condemning the (mostly) senseless killings.

The following has been translated from Wise Leader Meow:

“Chairman Meow reminds us of ancient Zen Proverb: ‘Student says ‘I am very discouraged. What should I do?” Master says, ‘encourage others.'”

Although this proverb does not specifically mention that the act of murdering someone in a karaoke bar is wrong, Great Leader Meow believe that such wisdom is implied, even if singer very bad.

In the meantime, followers of Great Leader Meow have been asked to use discretion when choosing songs to perform in karaoke bars located within notoriously violent areas of the Philippines.

Tip: Don’t Sing “My Way” In a Philippines Karaoke Bar

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According to authorities, performers have the highest chance of being stabbed while singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,”

“And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way”  – “My Way, Frank Sinatra

Cats are known to enjoy irony, which may be why Chairman Meow is fascinated by this story.

The following is from Sunday’s NY Times: (true)

“The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings”…

Reportedly, most of the karaoke “My Way” killings have occurred after the singer sang out of tune, causing other patrons to laugh or jeer, which was followed by violence and/or murder.

Iz NOT fake news. Here is the original  NY Times article

Great Teacher Chairman Meow would also add that it is not wise for kitteh to lurk behind Chinese restaurant after dark.

Chairman Meow haz spoken.

Photo credit: Jes Aznar for The New York Times (plus graffiti by Chairman Meow)