Elementary School Cancels YMCA Talent Show Act After Parent Calls It Racist

by College Fix Staff on May 15, 2014

It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A. At least, it used to be.

When one Fargo, N.D., mother complained that a planned first-grade talent show act showcasing the famed song was offensive and racist, administrators yanked the schoolchildren’s skit from the line-up, the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum reports.

The students were supposed to be performing the song “Y.M.C.A.” during Bennett Elementary School’s May talent show.

For the show, a first-grade teacher asked parents to have their kids wear clothes like the Village People, the group that recorded the hit song in the 1970s. Some would come dressed as a policeman, a cowboy, a biker dude, a construction worker or a Native American.

But one mom … said asking her daughter and her classmates to dress up like an Indian is offensive.

WDAY reports the upset mother is Native American, and also complained to officials that the song promotes racial prejudice.

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