A Wisconsin elementary school made the news after students refused to perform for it Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton “Rainbowland” duet from the spring concert after the official deemed the song inappropriate for the school.
Heyer Elementary School’s Waukesha-area received backlash after first graders, who had planned and rehearsed the song for performance on the setlist at an upcoming concert, came back disappointed by the song’s cut.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the daughter of a single parent came home, excited to show her mother all the songs she and her classmates had prepared to perform on the show, one of which was “Rainbow Land”.
“We love Dolly Parton!” Mom Sarah Schindler said, according to the outlet, that she and her daughter were ecstatic that the song made the list.
But her daughter came home with more grim news later, telling her that not only had “Rainbowland” been cut from her repertoire, but so had Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection,” her hit from “The Muppet Movie.”
Schindler wanted to know why.
Superintendent Jim Seibert told several outlets that the song could be considered controversial and others, including Schindler, have alleged that the local school board “Conservative faceIt brought in policies that sought to eliminate imagery of rainbows that stimulated ideas about LGBTQ+ themes and songs were removed from the playlist as a result of the change.
Parton and Cyrus have both said that the inspiration and message behind the song are different, rooted in coming together and being more accepting and kind to others.
“It’s about all these different races and genders and religions, if we all come together to create and say, ‘Hey, we’re different, that’s cool, let’s not change to be the same, but let’s come together anyway.'” Because a rainbow isn’t a rainbow without all the different colors. Cyrus told People magazine at the time of the song’s release in 2017.
Cyrus also has a colorful recording studio in Malibu called “Rainbow Land”.
Parton, who is Cyrus’ godmother, said the song is about being kinder to other people, and Taste of Country narrates, “It’s really about whether we could love each other a little bit better or be a little kinder, be a little sweeter, We can live in a land of rainbows…
“It’s really about dreaming and hoping that we can all do better. It’s a good song for the times right now.”
“Rainbow Connection” was added to the playlist again after parental complaints, according to a tweet from local teacher Melissa Temple.
Fox News Digital She reached out to Seibert for comment but did not receive an immediate response.