Here we go again. Someone has a bizarre take on what it means for a song to be “offensive.” In this case, a school principal is demanding that a school graduation program remove the song “God Bless the USA,” because it may offend other cultures and that it is not “age appropriate” for the children involved. However, a Justin Bieber song titled “Baby” is fine with the same administration. Ridiculous!
The New York Post is reporting that “Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.
Why? According to the NY Post, she “marched in” on a rehearsal of the program, told the teachers to pull the song from the line-up, and said, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”
Can somebody tell me what other cultures she is talking about? The news report goes on to describe a number of immigrants whose children go to the school. They are VERY proud of America and love the song.
But there’s more. In an effort to backtrack from her anti-American leanings, the teacher apparently gave the Department of Education another explanation:
Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti gave The Post an explanation staffers said they never heard — that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.
The song starts: “If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked for all my life. And I had to start again, with just my children and my wife, I’d thank my lucky stars, to be livin’ here today.”
Scaperotti said the department supports the principal’s decision. “The lyrics are not age-appropriate,” she said.
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.”
So there you have it. It’s yet another example of how a liberal in power can influence the lives of our children with some crazy action. If “God Bless the USA” is considered offensive by someone, then that person should purchase a one-way ticket out of here!