1st graders' performance of Village People's YMCA cancelled after accusations of racism.
1st graders‚Äô performance of Village People‚Äôs YMCA cancelled after accusations of racismBy Tom Boggioni
Friday, May 16, 2014 8:11 EDT
A performance of the Village People‚Äôs 1978 disco hit Y.M.C.A. by a group of first graders in North Dakota was cancelled after one parent called the portrayal of the Native American member of the group ‚Äúracist.‚ÄĚ
The performance had been slated for a talent show at Fargo‚Äôs Bennett Elementary school on May 6, according to WDAY.
A first grade teacher at the school had requested that the children come to the show dressed as the Village People; a policeman, a cowboy, a biker, a construction worker, or a Native American.
One mother, Elaine Bolman, said asking her daughter or other children to dress up as a Native American was offensive.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm not in a position to do anything for these educators and hopefully those people that are can make the right choices so all students of any culture and race won‚Äôt feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against,‚ÄĚ Bolman explained.
Following Bolman‚Äôs complaint, school administrators pulled the song the the program.
What do you think?
Last week, in Spokane, they held the Jr. Lilac Parade. Middle school bands compete and there is a theme to the parade, which was in honor of the Worlds Fair in 74'. Chase Middle School played YMCA and the band members were dressed up as members of the band. They won the Sweepstakes Award. They were great, they looked cool and they had a blast. Was the school wrong to allow this?
Would you complain if your school attempted this?
P.S. Have been trying to find a photo of the band, no luck.