Miley Cyrus may be celebrating her endless summer vacation, but Waukesha elementary students aren’t even looking forward to their spring concert. After the student began rehearsals for their annual spring concert, parents were shocked to learn that despite the school approving the song list for the event, the Waukesha County school board has issued a banned on a few songs from the program. Unfortunately, one of those songs banned was Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton’s song “Rainbowland.”
The Wisconsin administrators stated that the duet “could be perceived as controversial.” Initially released in 2017 via Cyrus’ Younger Now album, the track’s lyrics, like the stanza, “Where we’re free to be exactly who we are / Let’s all dig down deep inside / Brush the judgment and fear aside / Make wrong things right /And end the fight,” is about love and acceptance.
However, the Waukesha County school board didn’t feel comfortable including the piece in one of their elementary school’s spring concerts.
Social media users fired off, stating that the administrators’ actions were the exact reason why a song like “Rainbowland” should be included in the program.
oh thats dark
— 𝐚𝐫𝐢•𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧, 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧 (@iconicarisan) March 25, 2023
isn’t this basically censorship, further supporting that lyric? 😭😭
— nossie (@nossie_dkz) March 25, 2023
I wish Miley Cyrus would hear about this and pay a visit to the elementary school and personally vouch for the little girl and sing the song rainbows 🌈 along side with the little girl, have a whole school assembly to see Miley Cyrus perform at the school.
— Justin Joachin (@JoachinJustin) March 25, 2023
it clearly means that wouldn’t it be nice to live in world where’s negativity doesn’t exist, a place where u can reach ur full potential & be true to ur self.
which part was controversial
— ari 💋 | not an alter, just tribute for ladygaga💖 (@_ariiXOXO) March 25, 2023
Across the country, similar bans have been placed, including Florida’s erasure of African-American studies and Tennessee’s drag ban.
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