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School Cancels ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Performance After Parent Complains It’s Racist

Has “Y.M.C.A.” ever struck you as a racist song? Well, one North Dakota parent complained about a school performance of the song, and her complaint got Bennett Elementary School to pull the song from the school’s talent show in May. However, the complaint had nothing to do with the content of the song itself, but the fact that the group that sings it, the Village People, has one member that dresses up like a Native American.

The school said students should dress up like the Village People for the performance, because the song would be performed by the entire first grade class, but the mother complained it would be “offensive” for children to come dressed to school like Native Americans. She explained, “Hopefully those people that are can make the right choices so all students of any culture and race won’t feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against.”

As a result of the complaint, the school, instead of waiving the costume requirement, pulled the song entirely.

And because you clicked on a story about the Y.M.C.A., here’s the song. Happy almost-weekend.

[h/t NRO]
[image via screengrab]

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