In today’s “this is what we’ve come to” an editor from a right wing news site has tried to justify the alleged actions of Alabama candidate Roy Moore with a Ringo Starr song.
Joel Pollak, senior editor at large at Breitbart, appeared on CNN’s New Day with Chris Cuomo to discuss the Roy Moore situation where he is alleged to have propositioned teen age girls in the past.
Pollak: “You know, in 1973, Ringo Starr hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts with the song ‘You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine’ and it was a remake of an earlier song. He was 30-something at the time, singing about a 16-year-old. You want to take away Ringo Starr’s achievement?”
Cuomo: “You can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.”
Pollak: “YOU can’t be serious. You’re talking about…”
Cuomo: “I’m dead serious. You think that Ringo Starr’s song is supposed to be a nod towards allowing 30-year-old men to pray on teenagers? You don’t believe that Joel. You’re a parent. You don’t believe that.”
Pollak then went on to move the subject to the “danger” our sons and daughters face, centering on sons being the victims of unfounded allegations.
“You’re Sixteen” was originally written by Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, the team behind the the music from Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and many other films. It was originally recorded by Johnny Burnette who took it to number 8 in 1960 and number 3 in the U.K. in 1961. Ringo Starr’s version hit number 1 in the U.S. in 1974.