School Cancels Performance Of Song ‘YMCA’ Because Parent Claimed Racism
A North Dakota parent got the Bennett Elementary School in Fargo, ND to pull the song from a talent show simply because a member of the Village People, who originally performed the song, dressed up as 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.