Those responsible for the center affirmed that “it could be perceived as controversial”
a college of Wisconsin (United States) has prohibited its students from performing a song from Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton. Is about rainbowland (what does it mean rainbow land in Spanish), a collaboration between the two artists that is part of the 2017 album Younger Now.
Those responsible for the Heyer Elementary Schoollocated in Waukesha County, argued that said composition “could be perceived as controversialAccording to CNN, the students were preparing a performance for which they had to choose songs with themes of “world unity and peace.”
The teacher Melissa Tempel exposed on social networks that the administration of the educational center censored the song performed by Cyrus and her godmother. “My first graders they were very excited for singing rainbowland for our spring concert, but our administration vetoed it. When will it end?” he wrote in Twitter.
the letter of rainbowland says in one of its stanzas: “Living in the land of the rainbow, where you and I go hand in hand. Oh, I’d be lying if I said this is fine, all the pain and hate there is.” Other verses follow in the same vein, with a message of union and freedom: “Wouldn’t it be nice to live in paradise, where we are free to be exactly who we are?”
Dolly Parton he shared about the song in 2017: “If we could love each other a little better or be a little nicer, a little sweeter, we could live in the land of the rainbow.”
FOX shares that James Sebertsuperintendent of the Waukesha school district, indicated that rainbowland it is a topic that might not be “appropriate for the age and maturity level of the students” and was banned because of the “social or personal impact” it might have on them.
Sarah Schindler, the mother of one of the students at the school, stated: “Explain to me why a song about rainbows is not appropriate for primary school students to sing.” She indicated that the district and center administration They consider the rainbow to be a political symbol. and associated with the LGTBIQ+ collective.
CNN exposes that school district officials have tried to remove images and references to the rainbow in schools, the teacher confirms Melissa Tempel. She tweeted after the uproar generated by the censorship of the composition: “The story of rainbowland is much more than a forbidden song. The result of political pushback on inclusion and LGBTIQ+ rights in schools is developing and it’s tragic“.
Miley Cyrus’ reaction
Miley Cyrus is the founder of Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization that helps vulnerable young people, such as the homeless and the LGTBIQ+ collective. The official account of the foundation released a message related to the controversy on March 29.
“To the inspiring first graders of the Heyer Elementary School, continue to be you. We wholeheartedly believe that you will be the ones to put judgment and fear aside and make us all more understanding and tolerant”, can be read in a tweet. In addition, Happy Hippie Foundation announced that he had made a donation to Pride and Less Prejudicewhich provides schools with inclusive children’s books.
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