Tom Jones iconic Delilah song banned from Wales national stadium by rugby chiefs

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has struck Delilah off its choir playlist at the Principality Stadium.

The Tom Jones song will no longer be sung at Wales national ground, which holds more than 70,000 spectators.

A Principality Stadium spokesperson said: “Delilah will not feature on the playlist for choirs for rugby internationals at Principality Stadium.”

“Guest choirs have also more recently been requested not to feature the song during their pre-match performances and throughout games.”

They reiterated that the song was removed from its half-time entertainment and music playlist during international matches in 2015.

The lyrics of the 1968 ballad are at the heart of this controversy.

“Delilah” is stabbed as her jealous husband discovers her frolicking with another man – the husband pleads for forgiveness of her dead corpse at the end of the song.

The Principality Stadium’s spokesperson said: “The WRU condemns domestic violence of any kind.

“We have previously sought advice from subject matter experts on the issue of censoring the song and we are respectfully aware that it is problematic and upsetting to some supporters because of its subject matter.”

In 2014, Dafydd Iwan – whose Welsh anthem Yma O Hyd is now sung around the stadium, said: “A song about murder, it does tend to trivialise the idea of murdering a woman. It’s a pity these words now have been elevated to the status of a secondary national anthem.”

However, in a letter to The Guardian he said: “Banning songs is not something I would ever advocate – even if it was possible.”

Tom Jones has since responded, saying people were taking the song too literally and rejecting claims that it trivialised violence towards women.

In 2016, MP for Rhondda Chris Bryant said: “It is a simple fact that when there are big international rugby matches on, and sometimes football matches as well, the number of domestic violence incidents rises dramatically,” he said.

“I know that some people will say, ‘Oh, here we go, he’s a terrible spoilsport,’ but the truth is that that song is about the murder of a prostitute.”

While Delilah has been banned from the WRU’s official playlists, there hasn’t been any restrictions on fans singing the song.

(c) Sky News 2023: Tom Jones iconic Delilah song banned from Wales national stadium by rugby chiefs


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