Wisconsin faculty bans Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus duet ‘Rainbowland’

Not even rainbow-themed songs are secure from the politicking operating rampant by U.S. faculties, it appears.

A Wisconsin faculty district eliminated the efficiency of Miley Cyrus’ 2017 tune “Rainbowland”(Opens in a brand new tab) from a tune record forward of a first-grade live performance final week, though the tune lacks any specific content material and reportedly was a favourite amongst college students.


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College District of Waukesha Superintendent Jim Sebert informed native information station Fox 6(Opens in a brand new tab) that the district questioned “whether or not it was acceptable for the age and maturity stage of the scholars” and the “social or private impacts” on the youngsters, and he cited a college board coverage(Opens in a brand new tab) associated to “controversial points” in a classroom setting.

In an announcement issued on March 24(Opens in a brand new tab), district management defined that the choice was made on the discretion of Heyer Elementary College’s music instructor, principal, and central workplace administrator, and later reviewed and supported by the district superintendent. The district clarified that the Board of Schooling was not concerned.

Lecturers like Melissa Tempel, a first-grade twin language instructor at Heyer Elementary College, informed information retailers that there have been rumors it was banned as a result of the district believed Cyrus to be too “controversial” of a determine within the eyes of the general public. However Tempel, who identifies as a instructor activist, additionally posted to Twitter that she believes it may need one thing extra to do with the tune’s lyrics.

“Rainbowland,” a duet between Cyrus and her well-known godmother Dolly Parton, tells a narrative about overcoming “damage and hate” and celebrating life in shining coloration:

Oh, I’d be mendacity if I stated this was advantageous
All of the damage and the hate occurring right here
We’re rainbows, me and also you
Each coloration, each hue
Let’s shine on by
Collectively, we will begin residing in a Rainbowland

Residing in a Rainbowland
The skies are blue and issues are grand
Wouldn’t or not it’s good to reside in paradise
The place we’re free to be precisely who we’re
Let’s all dig down deep inside
Brush the judgment and worry apart
Make improper issues proper
And finish the combat

For years, Cyrus has made LGBTQ acceptance a central a part of her celeb picture, by initiatives like her Comfortable Hippie Basis(Opens in a brand new tab), which offers assist to homeless and LGBTQ youth, assist of The Basis for AIDS Analysis(Opens in a brand new tab), and reside LGBTQ occasions, just like the Miley Cyrus Satisfaction Particular in 2021.

Parton herself is a champion of youngsters’s literacy and an iconic LGBTQ ally. In 1995, Parton based the Creativeness Library(Opens in a brand new tab), an unrestricted world initiative to offer free books to youngsters from start to age 5. In 2022, Parton launched an anti-bullying youngsters’s ebook, Billy The Child Makes It Huge(Opens in a brand new tab), and have become one among many openly-accepting celebrities used as a logo within the combat to guard LGBTQ communities(Opens in a brand new tab) in states like Tennessee(Opens in a brand new tab).

However it’s not simply pop music that the college appears to be in opposition to. Tempel tweeted on March 22(Opens in a new tab) that the college had additionally banned the well-known Kermit the Frog tune “Rainbow Connection,” however a guardian uproar reintroduced the tune to the setlist. In its assertion, the college district didn’t say the tune was expressly banned and defined that the tune was recommended as a alternative by the college’s music instructor.

Waukesha’s faculty district has been below hearth earlier than for anti-LGBTQ insurance policies. Final 12 months, lecturers and neighborhood members below the group Alliance for Schooling in Waukesha began a petition(Opens in a brand new tab) in response to anti-diversity and inclusion actions that included banning welcoming and inclusive signage and “pausing” district fairness work that was perceived as “controversial” and “political,” the petition reads. District mother and father have observed a “conservative flip” amongst faculty management lately, Insider(Opens in a brand new tab) reported, which additionally reportedly included discouraging lecturers from discussions of pronouns and the sporting of rainbow pictures.

Nationwide, politicians and college leaders are nonetheless attacking the inclusion of LGBTQ historical past and id in faculties, outlawing the general public expression of drag, and blocking accessible healthcare for LGBTQ youth. As well as, ebook bans have steered towards the erasure of numerous media that embody themes of gender and sexuality(Opens in a brand new tab), race(Opens in a brand new tab), and illustration.

Mockingly, in avoiding a probably “controversial” tune about happiness, hope, and rainbows, the College District of Waukesha discovered itself on the heart of this ongoing instructional controversy, a debate on faculties’ roles in educating right now’s youth.