The 2017 duet song of Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton titled “Rainbowland” has been omitted by the administrators of an elementary school in Wisconsin due to the controversial nature of the song as it refers to the LGBTQ acceptance as a central theme of the song. The school students were preparing to perform the song on stage when during the Spring concert.
School’s take on the Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton song
Students of the Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha had been in the middle of preparing to perform the Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton song “Rainbowland” song when the school authorities suddenly decided to strike it out. The reasons provided by the school authorities for dropping the song were attributed to the references to the acceptance of the LGBTQ community in the song.
The School Superintendent, James Sebert spoke to the media highlighting the cause for the same saying that the subject is considered inappropriate for first graders in school as it is beyond their level of maturity. Sebert has had a history with respect to such references previously as well where he had prohibited rainbows and pride flags from being displayed in the school’s classrooms and had also suspended the school district’s equality and diversity work in 2021.
Sebert quoted, “Let’s all dig down deep inside, brush the judgment and fear aside,” the song from Miley Cyrus’ 2017 album “Younger Now” goes. “Living in a Rainbowland, where you and I go hand in hand. Oh, I’d be lying if I said this was fine, all the hurt and the hate going on here.”
Opposition from within the school
Although it seems that James Sebert has had his way as far as omitting the song by Miley Cyrus is concerned, but all 24 students in the 1st Grade of Heyer Elementary School had started practicing the song under the guidance and supervision of their teacher Melissa Temple, who happens to teach 2 languages in the school.
The 2017 song by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton “just fit perfectly” with the show’s themes of acceptance, peace and diversity that the class had recently learned about during Black History Month, said Tempel. She has been taken aback by the omission of the song but hasn’t yet expressed her displeasure publicly.
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