The man who created the extremely popular children's song, "Baby Shark," is not happy about his song being used in Florida to drive the homeless population away from recreational areas.
As we reported, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida started a temporary practice of playing loud loops of children's songs, including "Baby Shark," to deter homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned banquet facility.
Don Monopoli wrote "Baby Shark" years ago as part of his educational children's group, The Learning Station.
Monopoli tells The Blast, "That is absolutely terrible!!" adding that he was unfamiliar with the move by city officials, and questioned, "Torture by loud repeated music??"
Officials are adamant the practice is just temporary, and that the recreational facility raises thousands of dollars from those who rent it out. A spokesperson for the city said they were trying to ensure the facility was clean and safe for those shelling out cash for rentals.
The creator of "Baby Shark" disagrees with his creation being weaponized, and adamantly told us, "it doesn't matter what is playing, that's just wrong!"
Unfortunately, it seems the city is claiming a win on the debate and not slowing down its use of the music to deter the homeless.
"It has been effective and is a temporary measure to make the area accessible for those who have rented the facility and for future events," a spokesperson said.
They continued, "The music is heard only if you are on the patio, a very small area relative to the rest of the waterfront."
It's unclear if Monopoli, who is involved in an ongoing battle with the South Korean company that allegedly stole his song, will try and influence the city to stop using his song for evil.