Re: Forbidden Songs??
Peter Van Houten (peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM)
Wed, 15 Jun 1994 08:44:20 -0800
In our world where PC (Political Correctness), Diversity Management, and
Sensitivity Training are the key words for the Time; songs, skits, cheers,
and actions that have in the past seemed mild or fun are now 'Forbidden' -
'Offensive' - 'Degrading'.
>> . . . but my younger Scouts loved "Grey Squirel" where . . . I just
thought of it as a silly little >> song about a wild animal.
The above statement (IMHO) makes a good point! It is a silly little song
about a wild animal with funny motions (that especially appeal to the younger
age). Another one that has come under the gun has been 'Alice the Camel'.
My youngest boy (age 5) just loves to sing that song and make the motions!
HOWEVER, the point I'm making is that when the songs no longer become fun,
but the direct action of 'Discipline', 'Embarrasment', or 'Poking Fun', the
song than becomes inappropriate, as are the actions!
I will however agree there are some cheers which intentionally, by their
nature poke fun at specific cultures and (IMHO) should not be a part of our
Thought I'd contribute my .02, for what it's worth!
In Scouting . . .
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