School in Wisconsin Prohibits Playing Song by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton
Wisconsin school administrators have prohibited the performance of a Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton song at an elementary school concert, reportedly due to concerns over the song’s message of peace and acceptance. “Rainbowland,” which appears on Cyrus’ 2017 album “Younger Now,” was vetoed by the administration of Heyer Elementary in Waukesha, Wisconsin, according to a tweet by first-grade teacher Melissa Tempel. She shared a screenshot of the lyrics, which include the lines, “Wouldn’t it be nice to live in paradise/Where we’re free to be exactly who we are/Let’s all dig down deep inside/Brush the judgment and fear aside.” Tempel says that she was given no reason for the ban, but believes it may be due to Miley Cyrus’ perceived controversial reputation or to contentions surrounding Dolly Parton and her drag queen followers. A day after “Rainbowland” was banned, The Muppet Movie’s “Rainbow Connection” was also taken off the list for the spring concert.
Sarah Schindler, a parent whose daughter is in Tempel’s class, stated that the recent “conservative flip” in the school board, which was sparked by COVID-19, may have contributed to the ban. As a result, teachers are not allowed to display any kind of signage that could be viewed as political, including rainbow-themed paraphernalia.
Following an outpouring of support for “Rainbowland” on social media, Tempel provided an update that “Rainbow Connection” had been reinstated in the concert list thanks to parents and the Alliance for Education in Waukesha, but Cyrus’ song remained banned.
My first graders were so excited to sing Rainbowland for our spring concert but it has been vetoed by our administration. When will it end? @waukeshaschools @DollyParton @MileyCyrus @mileyworld @gsafewi @CivilRights #publicschools pic.twitter.com/8Na0nETmDw— Maestra Melissa (@melissatempel) March 21, 2023