That song is so gay

17 May

Words of the Day:

Drollic–pertaining to puppet shows (

Today’s mantra: Imagination (


Sometimes real life is just so funny, don’t you think?  Here’s an example:

The principal of Wasilla High School (yes, Wasilla, Alaska,) Dwight Probasco, banned the school’s jazz choir from performing the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” at graduation because Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, was gay.

Seriously? Seriously!

I know when I first heard this story, I thought, is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Well, there’s no escape from reality–this is a true story.

This sounds like a Saturday Night Live mash-up of a parody of Glee and one more Sarah Palin sketch. You keep waiting for Tina Fey to make a cameo, but, no, it is just real life being funnier than anything anyone could possibly make up.

This story could only be funnier if the principal had insisted they substitute the gay guy’s song with something by Cole Porter or Stephen Sondheim.

One of the kids at the school joked, “Maybe we could do Candle in the Wind instead.”

I wonder if anyone ever tried to get Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man banned? Cause Aaron was, well, you know…And by the way, Tchaikovsky was also a homosexual, so keep your Nutcracker to yourself, please!

Who let all those damn gay people compose so much music?!

(Thunderbolt and lightning, very very frightening!)

I don’t know what the principal or the parents who complained to him in the first place thought would happen if they allowed the impressionable young people to sing a song written by a homosexual. Perhaps they feared the song would make them gay.

You know, the way performing songs by Beethoven can make you deaf.

To their credit, the kids in the jazz choir were not taking this lying down. One of them contacted a gay advocacy group in Anchorage. Someone suggested they contact the ACLU, which made the principal very nervous. So he reversed his decision and decided they could perform the song at graduation, as long as they left out the lyrics that mentioned killing a man.

Maybe they just hum during that part.

“Mama, I just hmmmmed a man/Put a hmmmm against his head/pulled my hmmmm, now he’s hmmmmmm.”

Oh yes, that’s much better.

This is a region of the world where they enjoy shooting wolves from helicopters, you’d think they could handle a little homicide in their music.


Which brings us to the words of the day. Today’s mantra is Imagination. That’s a good one. Einstein said imagination was more important than knowledge. He should know, right? This mantra is a reminder to let your imagination run wild today. No telling where it might take you.

Have an imaginative Tuesday!

No, I haven’t forgotten our other word for the day. Drollic–pertaining to puppet shows. For this one, I have a visual:

2 Responses to “That song is so gay”

  1. That Weather Girl May 17, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Leave it to Wasilla! OK, maybe they could just change the lyrics……..

    “Mama, just kissed a man, put my lips against….”

    No, wait …. that isn’t going to work, is it?

    OK, how about….

    “Mama, just called a man, put the phone up to my head, pushed the numbers, no dial tone – line is dead….”

  2. Pamela N Red May 17, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    lol This was great and I love Weather Girl’s alternative lyric ideas.

    One of my kids was in a school program when he was young and they sang a song with the word Cocaine in it and the teacher wanted them to replace Coke. I can’t remember the song but the kids being ornery adolescents sang Cocaine anyway at the day of the production. No one cared.

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