Principal Won’t Let Kids Sing Patriotic Song, But Steamy Bieber Hit A-OK

Welcome to PS 90, Coney Island, New York, where grade school Principal Greta Hawkins says the patriotic and popular song Proud to be an America by Lee Greenwood is verboten, but the teen sex song Baby by Justin Bieber is perfectly alright for Kindergartners to sing at their graduation celebration.

Kindergarteners at PS90 have spent weeks practicing the popular patriotic country song made a national hit after the attacks on 9/11. It was to be the finale of their “moving-up” ceremony at the end of the school year on June 20.

But school Principal Greta “the Grinch” Hawkins had other ideas. According to the New York Post, during a recent rehearsal, Hawkins stomped into the class room and ripped the Lee Greenwood CD out of the music player proclaiming the song unfit for little ears to hear.

The Greenwood song has such unfit lyrics as, “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” Such a bad influence on the kiddies, no?

By contrast, Hawkins seemed to have no problem with the Justin Bieber song that has such scintillating lyrics as, “For you, I would have done whatever. And I just can’t believe we ain’t together,” and, “Are we an item? Girl quit playin.’”

So, what reason did Principal “Red, White and Boo-hiss” give for nixing the patriotism this year? Sayeth the guardian of our children, “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”

You know, because the Lee Greenwood song is so focused on attacking other cultures, and all, while the Bieber song is a veritable celebration of “culture.”

This isn’t the first time Principal Hawkins tried to eliminate expressions of patriotism in her school, either. The Post reports that not long ago she tried to put a halt to recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of America the Beautiful but her effort failed due to a revolt by her own teachers and staff. At least there are still some public employees still out there that aren’t ashamed of American patriotism.

One has to wonder in how many other countries expressions of pride of country is so hated by an employee whose entire living is made off the backs of the very citizens she denigrates so much?

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  • 914

    Damn Reds..

  • Tuttonelmondoeburla

    What part of ““For you, I would have done whatever. And I just can’t believe we ain’t together,” or, “Are we an item? Girl quit playin.’” makes it a teen sex song?

    • SCSIwuzzy

      What part of  “And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.” makes it offensive to other cultures?

      • Tuttonelmondoeburla

        Even though you didn’t answer my question, SCSI, I will answer yours.  The point of view of the song is one of American Exceptionalism, which you should look up on Wikipedia.  In the world we live in today, A.E. is correctly taken as a put-down of other cultures.  In extreme cases its message is that God has appointed the U.S. as his favored country..  Even American women would be right to take the line “I won’t forget the men who died” as condescending and resentful of the contributions females have made to the armed forces.   

        By the way, I have heard the “Proud” song many times, but never heard Mr Bieber sing, that I know of.  I was not defending Mr Bieber but simply pointing out the dishonest nature of the headline of this story.

        • GarandFan

           So if you’re proud of your country, you should feel shame?

          Next time there’s a natural disaster somewhere in the world, maybe the rest of the world will step up.  Like the Russians, Chinese, Iranians and Palestinians?  Yeah.  That’ll work.

        • SCSIwuzzy

          Your question was directed at the author, was it not?

          However, I think I think it is laughable to believe that one cannot feel pride in one’s culture without feeling disdain for others.

          The Bieber song may not be the most overtly sexual song ever, but even romantic love is hardly something that 5 year olds can really relate to or should be encouraged to engage in.  I wouldn’t protest the song, but might mention to the teacher that there had to be better choices.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I think 915_916 needs to find a Blog and a Country which better suits its belief system.

        • iwogisdead

          The point of view of the song is to praise the degree of freedom that exists in this country, not any of the other horseshit in your post. Take your strawman arguments somewhere else.

          Nevertheless, the degree of freedom in this country is exceptional, but who knows how long that will last.

          • Tuttonelmondoeburla

            Prior to your generation, the popular way of expressing your strange twist on what America means was the dismissive “Love it or leave it”. 

          • iwogisdead

            Extolling individual freedom is now a “strange twist on what America means”? Wow. Try reading that actual Constitution thingy.

            As far as “Love it leave it,” that was not prior to my generation, it was my generation. For people who do not understand the role of individual freedom in the Constitution, I suggest that they leave America and try Cuba or China or North Korea and see what that’s like.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OIE22UZSQ362ZK246R3NJZ3JD4 Brett

             It’s still appropriate. It was generally directed at whiny, useless, overprivileged potheads then known as “hippes” (and now known as “progressives” or “Democrats”) , without whom the USA would indeed be better off. As evidenced by their incompetent and traitorous conduct over the last few years.

        • jim_m

            In the world we live in today, A.E. is correctly taken as a put-down of other cultures.

          And it is so offensive to those people that they are still trying to get into this country to start a new life where they can be free.

          You take offense for the simple reason that 1) you are seeking to take offense and 2) you hate America and seek to characterize the significant contributions to freedom that the US has made as being something evil.  Your BS about women should be offended is a perfect example of how you seek to find offense where there is none. You seek to find offense because you hate the freedom that the US stands for even though you hide behind those very same freedoms.

          • jim_m

            And why is praising the US an implicit put down of other cultures?  Is the rest of the world so weak spined that they cannot tolerate someone praising their own nation?  I suggest taking a look at the current European Cup to take a look at whether other nations can feel strongly about supporting their country and not be offended by other people supporting theirs.  Maybe the left should be sending delegates there and to the London Olympics to explain to all in attendance how offensive they are for supporting their nations.

            It seems that the only country the left feels that it is offensive to support is the USA.

            But thanks for stopping by to show everyone what a self loathing jerk you are.

    • 914

      Have some more koolada Grumple stiltskin..

    • warnertoddhuston

      What part of ““For you, I would have done whatever. And I just can’t believe we ain’t together,” or, “Are we an item? Girl quit playin.’” makes it a teen sex song?

      That would be the most disingenuous question I’ve seen today.

      • herddog505

        I disagree: based on the verses offered, this song seems no more sexual than “Happy Together” and a damned sight less suggestive than “I Only Have Eyes for You” or “You Really Got Me”.

        • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

          I think they ought to go with this.

    • Tomorrow01

      “Are we an item? Girl quit playin.” this implies that they are “fooling around”. Usually people that are an “item” are involved with some type of personal contact or sexual relations. But this is the only line in the song that could possibly imply that. “Sex song”, I don’t know about that.

  • emrengineer

    My ears are offended having to listen to Justin Bieber music.  Could the principle please eliminate that from the program too?

    Let’s just have a teacher announce that he next twenty minutes the students will be singing to themselves so as not to offend anybody, and that the members of the audience should just imagine whatever song they want to.  Nobody offended, no students ridiculed, no effort required by the students and everybody is equal.  I feel so good now.

  • GarandFan

    Hawkins needs a swift kick in the ass.

  • UOG

    Bieber? Bieber? What’s wrong with Rod Stewart? (Shit, I wish I hadn’t written it that way!)

    “If you want my body and you think I’m sexy
    Come on honey tell me so
    If you really need me just reach out and touch me
    Come on sugar let me know”

    915_916, it’s in reaction to a widely held perception that children are being sexualized earlier and earlier in our society.

  • Guest

    Is there any sign that one or more of the kids or one or more of their parents objected to the patriotic song?  If not, I don’t see any reason for the principal to intervene on this one.  

    A couple more random observations:

    1)  Since when to kindergartners “graduate?”  I say shut down the whole ceremony for sheer namby-pamby feel-good ridiculousness, but that’s just me.  

    2)  It’s obvious from the article that there’s some nasty office politics among teacher, staff, and principal.  IMO, the principal should be gently nudged out of the job.  Not for banning patriotic country music, but because she’s a lousy administrator.

    3)  Faculty and staff are upset because the principal doesn’t stand during the Pledge of Allegiance.  That characterization is completely irrelevant.  The principal has a religious reason for not standing, and it ought to stand on its own.

    4) And now the song is stuck in my head. Argh.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Point 1 – I agree, the ‘graduation’ ceremony’s a bit bogus. It’s a lot more for the parents than the kids – they forget about it quickly but they look damned cute in their caps and gowns.

      Point 2 – There seems to be a good bit of “STFU, she explained” at that school.  Not a good way to go – it seems rather badly broken.  (When the little guy was pre-school, the elementary, middle, and high schools we were zoned for had some pretty sad ratings.  I was told by someone I mentioned it to that I needed to stay and work within the system to improve things for all students.  I replied that I had a job, and a life, and paid taxes – it’s the teachers’ job to make the schools as good as they can possibly be, and I wasn’t going to try to fix what they wouldn’t.)   This Principle is broken.  She needs to be replaced.

      Point 3 – Religion aside, she can’t run the school like her own little fiefdom, where SHE gets to decide what’s what on something like this and nobody else gets a sayso.  She should have been aware of other people’s preferences, and the idea that ‘she didn’t want to offend anyone from another culture’ ignores the folks who DID get offended for a hypothetical person who MIGHT be offended.

      All in all, I think she needs to find other work.

    • herddog505

      JWH - Since when to kindergartners “graduate?”  I say shut down the whole ceremony for sheer namby-pamby feel-good ridiculousness, but that’s just me.  

      Agreed.  I am reminded of Bob’s rant about his son’s “graduation” from fourth grade in “The Incredibles”:

      It’s psychotic! They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity, but if someone is genuinely exceptional…

      The Incredibles (2004)
      dir. Brad Bird
      spoken by Craig T. Nelson

      • Guest

        Well … Now that I think about it, I do seem to recall that at least a few years when I was in elementary school and junior high (this would have been in the 1980s), we had a couple end-of-the-year events.  

        A few students who did something exceptional that year would be given awards (everything from high GPAs to somebody who did a particularly complicated project in woodshop).  Parents would be invited.  I don’t remember any cap and gowns, though.

        • Guest

          And I would remember caps and gowns, as I absolutely hated them at my high-school and college graduations.

  • 914

    Btw? Who the heck is Justin Beeber??

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      More like what.

      There are some things man was not meant to know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1152494442 Stephen Macklin

    This is just another liberal shiny object. It’s a dog on the car. They did this so it would tick of conservatives who would then waste time arguing about it. Better to just point at them and laugh and move on.

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  • Owen007

    “We don’t want to offend other cultures.”
    You would think a school principal would be aware that said school is located in America and that the student body would be almost entirely comprised of Americans. Who exactly is there to offend? Foreign exchange students… who apparently preferred an American school to one in their home nation?

    As for the Bieber song, something tells me Hawkins has a less than formal interest in the kid with the bad haircut. I’ll leave it at that.

  • herddog505

    And liberals wonder why the rest of us doubt their patriotism.  Go figure…

  • Vagabond661

    If you are that offended by “God Bless the USA” maybe it’s time to find another country more suitable….instead of changing this one to suit your taste.

    • Guest

      I just don’t like country music.

      • Vagabond661

        I was referring to the words of the song. However that is a cross over hit for Lee Greenwood which does not sound like country music at all. Other artists who songs did not sound “country” and crossed over to pop would be Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Dolly Parton.

        • Guest

          To be honest, when it comes to patriotic music, I prefer “America the Beautiful” and “Star-Spangled Banner.”  

          And if I’m really going to get into artistic criticism, I don’t think that “God Bless the USA” holds a candle to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born the USA.”  

          Lee Greenwood’s song is very much about loving your country no matter what.  Springsteen, on the other hand, highlighted the paradox of somebody who served his country, but found his country turning away from him.  

          And in reference to your first comment:

          If you are that offended by “God Bless the USA” maybe it’s time to find another country more suitable….instead of changing this one to suit your taste.

          I am just as American as you, thank you very much, and I have the birth certificate to prove it.  If I don’t like something going on in this country, I have the freedom to say so.  And if I think something about this country needs the change, I have the right to agitate for that change, to lobby for that change, and to vote for that change.  

          And if you don’t like that I have that right and I’m willing to exercise it … .then maybe you need to find a country more suitable, instead of trying to change your fellow Americans to suit your taste.

          • Vagabond661

            To be honest, you are easily offended and getting all huffy and puffy for no reason. I don’t remember saying you are not American. My only point is that if someone doesn’t love this country, why are they here? This world is huge and there are a lot of places to live. And if it’s the phrase “God bless the USA” that offends them, they need to realize how and why this country was founded. Would that same person head over to another country and try to change their religion or way of life?

          • Guest

            Maybe I am a little easily offended. I’ve encountered enough of the “if you don’t like X, go somewhere else!” rhetoric that I think I jump to offense a little bit.

            As far as “God Bless the USA” at a school event, I think you can make a fairly roundabout argument that the phrase “God Bless … ” is religious and therefore goes against the Establishment Clause, but quite frankly I don’t think it’s worth making a big fuss over beyond asking that your own kid not be required to perform.

      • Vagabond661

        I was referring to the words of the song. However that is a cross over hit for Lee Greenwood which does not sound like country music at all. Other artists who songs did not sound “country” and crossed over to pop would be Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Dolly Parton.

  • Wild_Willie

    Replacing God Bless The USA with a Bieber song? Justin isn’t even a citizen.

    The motivation for this move is simply some republican groups use this song as a theme. ww

  • jim_m

    The real question here is why the heck are we having graduation ceremonies for freaking kindergarten?  WTF?

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  • Commander_Chico

    I loved the Greenwood song when it came out (1984).  That was when there was a choice between the “Free World” and the rest.  Now, is there much difference between Putin’s Russia and the USA when you get down to the details?  

    Now I can’t hear the words “where at least I know I’m free” without a little ruefulness for the old, pre-security state USA.  I couldn’t sing it without feeling sarcasm.

    Who the heck feels “free” nowadays in the USA?

    • herddog505

      Eric Holder, I’m sorry to say.

  • SCSIwuzzy

    Isn’t this the same woman that began her stint as principal by telling people that things will change because she is a black Jehovah’s witness, not a white Jew like the last principal?
    If so, must be real fun to work there

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