June 11, 2012

Brave New Schools: Patriotism = Offensive, Justin Bieber's "Oh, Baby" = Just Fine

Rejected:

    And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I wont forget the men who died,
    who gave that right to me.

    And I gladly stand up,
    next to you and defend her still today.
    'Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
    God bless the USA.

Approved:

    Are we an item? Girl quit playing
    We're just friends, what are you saying
    Say there's another and look right in my eyes
    My first love broke my heart for the first time
    And I was like...

    Baby, baby, baby oooh
    Like baby, baby, baby nooo
    Like baby, baby, baby oooh
    I thought you'd always be mine (mine)

NY School principal nixes patriotic song, but allows teen romance song:

Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”

But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.

She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining. [...]

But Justin Bieber’s flirty song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show. Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”

Update: Below the fold, James Earl Jones gives his rendition of "Baby."

(Thanks, Howie!)

That was great. Now, I'd like to hear his version of "Proud To Be An American."

Update II: Stone K in comments links to a clip of one of the kids involved. The clip is a must-see, because the little boy, Daniel, sings part of the banned song. Good for Daniel, and good for his Mom standing up to this principal. Lee Greenwood joins on the phone.

By DMartyr at 10:49 AM | Comments |