[lastfm]Donna Summer[/lastfm] is speaking out about her song “Last Dance,” which was recently pulled from a Wendy’s promotion due to what some took to be sexually suggestive lyrics. The track was included on a free karaoke sampler distributed with kids’ meals, but the fast food chain reportedly pulled the CD because Summer’s tune allegedly contained the word “horny.”
However, Summer and many long-time fans have stressed that there is only one version of the song and that the suggestive word is not part of the lyrics.
In a statement on her website, Summer says, “It has come to my attention there have been misinformed postings on the Internet claiming that my performance of ‘Last Dance,’ which was recently used in a Wendy’s promotion, somehow included questionable lyrics and there were two versions of ‘Last Dance,’ written by the late [lastfm]Paul Jabara[/lastfm]. These comments are entirely false. I have performed ‘Last Dance’ for many years, singing the one and only version, exactly as written.”
She adds, “My original recorded version of this classic song was licensed by Wendy’s from Universal Music. Any false representations to the contrary not only defame the memory of Mr. Jabara, but show a lack of care for the truth and respect for my career and the feelings of my audience.”
Various sources have reported that the CD was meant to include an alternate version of the song in which the word “horny” was changed to “bad,” and that the original version was used due to a manufacturing error.