A Wisconsin primary school’s spring musical was canceled when an administration deemed Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton’s “Rainbowland” unacceptable.
First graders at Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha were upset when the song was omitted from a concert repertoire. Also cut was Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection,” a song popularized by “The Muppet Movie.”
Superintendent Jim Sebert warned numerous reporters that the song could be problematic; he claimed the local school board’s “conservative turn” led to regulations that tried to eradicate rainbow imagery that evokes LGBTQ+ themes and pulled the music from the playlist.
This Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton rainbow-themed duet was pulled from a Wisconsin grade school's talent show. https://t.co/Ub03K6kEKx
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“It’s about all these different races and genders and religions, if we all did come together to create and said, ‘Hey, we’re different, that’s awesome, let’s not change to be the same, but let’s come together anyway.’ Because a rainbow’s not a rainbow without all the different colors.'” Cyrus told People Magazine around the time of the song’s release in 2017.
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