May 16, 2011

Alaska School Flip Flops On Song Ban

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

From our pal Jeanne Sager at CafeMom, we have some Wasila, Alaska wackiness that doesn’t involve anyone named Palin or Johnston.

Jeanne writes:

Wasila, Alaska, students had to fight a battle with administrators for the right to sing the classic song “Bohemian Rhapsody” at graduation. The problem? Well, Freddie Mercury of Queen was gay. DER! Clutch your pearls, ladies and gents…

I would have said “Run for the hills, Ma Barker!” because I’m a Simpsons fanboy (reference), but that’s just semantics.

Basically, according to published reports, the school actually told the kids they couldn’t sing Bohemian Rhapsody at graduation because Freddie Mercury was gay. Seriously. Then they flip-flopped because they were afraid of a lawsuit from the always-frightening ACLU.

The whole thing is ridiculous, as Jeanne points out. I do want to add that not only do I think it was stupid for school officials to ban the song, I have no idea what the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody are even about. Also, it never occurred to me that Freddie Mercury was gay, even though the name of his band is Queen. This is partly because I’m a little clueless at times, but mostly it’s because I just don’t think about such things.

I wonder what school officials would have said if the students proposed a more current hit song. Perhaps Ke$ha’s Tik Tok, where she sings about brushing her teeth with “a bottle of Jack”? Or perhaps Katy Perry’s E.T. remix featuring Kanye West rapping the oh-so-clever, “Tell me what’s next? Alien sex / Imma disrobe you / Then Imma probe you.”

Well, at least they ain’t queer, right?

School Bars Graduation Song So Kids Can’t Think For Themselves – The Stir at CafeMom

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody image via Amazon