Singer Miley Cyrus responded this week to a Wisconsin school banning her song ‘Rainbowland’ from a school concert.
Miley recorded the track ‘Rainbowland’ as a duet with her godmother Dolly Parton in 2017.
Last week, Wisconsin teacher Melissa Tempel drew attention to a ban placed on the song by the principal of her school.
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
The principal later described the track as too “controversial” for first-graders. However, he did rescind a ban on Kermit the Frog’s ‘Rainbow Connection’.
Melissa Tempel followed up on her original tweet this week.
“The Rainbowland story is about much more than a banned song. The result of the political pushback on LGBTQ+ inclusivity and rights in schools is unfolding and it’s tragic.”
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus responded to the ban through her Happy Hippie foundation which focuses on youth homelessness, the LGBTQ community, and other vulnerable populations. The singer announced a donation to Pride and Less Prejudice which provides LGBTQ-inclusive books to schools.
“To the inspiring first-grade students at Heyer Elementary, keep being YOU. We believe in our Happy Hippie heart that you’ll be the ones to brush the judgment and fear aside and make all of us more understanding and accepting.”
“In honor & celebration of your BRIGHT future, Happy Hippie is making a donation to @lessprejudice to help make classrooms more inclusive!”
Now, there’s an ally. 🏳️🌈
“We are rainbows, me and you
Every color, every hue
Let’s shine on through… TOGETHER WE CAN START LIVING IN A RAINBOWLAND.”
— Happy Hippie Foundation (@happyhippiefdn) March 29, 2023
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