Singer blasts W.H.O. over gonorrhea song
U.K. pop singer Charli XCX is said to be furious over the misleading use of her song “Boom Clap” by the World Health Organization in a new anti-gonorrhea awareness campaign aimed at young people.
The singer, born Charlotte Emma Aitchison, said she was at first thrilled upon learning that the United Nations health agency had chosen her bouncy pop song to soundtrack one of its public service announcement (PSA) videos.
“When they approached me about using the song, they didn’t say it was going to be for bloody gonorrhea,” said Aitchison. “The song is so not about that. I have been misled.”
The PSA, which shows a young couple partying and having fun with their friends, was filmed in response to an upsurge in gonorrhea infections among people aged 18 to 26 in Eastern European countries. The spot has been scheduled to air in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary, but Aitchison says she, along with the song’s other songwriters intend to stop it.
“There is no bloody way I would consciously allow my song to be associated with gonorrhea, no way,” says Aitchison. “I’m sure they’ll find other songs they could use. Like a Pitbull song, or a Kid Rock song or something.”
Gonorrhea is widely known in common slang as the “clap.” The term is believed to have originated from the Old French word “clapoir”, which refers to a sexual sore, and dates back as far as 1587.
“Boom Clap” was a substantial hit for the singer, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s her first Top 10 hit as a solo artist. She previously visited the region as a featured guest on Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.”