Christmas Gone Wild! (The Shiitake Mushrooms are Hitting the Fan)
Watch out Rioters! That's not snow falling down just in time for Christmas! It's the annual shit storm of news stories from the conservative mediasphere!Jesusween replacing Halloween, etc.) Well, dear Rioters, this year is turning out to be no different than last year, or the year before that, or the millennia before that.
In SAVE THE CHILDREN news: A Michigan elementary school music teacher is causing a stir, because when she handed out the lyric sheet to 'Deck the Halls' to her students, they giggled at the line "don we now our gay apparel". Instead of using it as a teaching moment, informing kids that 'gay' has multiple meanings and that it originally meant 'happy', she chose to change the lyrics to "don we now our bright apparel".
According to reports, the school's principal, Chris Parker, has expressed that he wished the teacher had used the opportunity as a teachable moment. By subtly agreeing that the word 'gay' is something negative, weird, funny, or at all something to be giggled about, the teacher is reaffirming whatever it is the kids thought.
The principal has said, "We have an anti-bullying and discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, so going forward the teacher will be addressing, this is how we're supposed to be reacting, this is a way to be respectful about this."
I remember when I was little that this phrase was just another line in a Christmas carol. Then, as I got older and The Gay was becoming more mainstream, it became something that people giggled about, something that was funny, because "OMG! We said the word gay!" I am glad for this principal. I am also glad that parents felt the change was inappropriate, and the lyrics have been changed back.
Now, can someone collectively tell the populace that the lyrics to "I Feel Pretty" are NOT "I feel pretty/oh so pretty/I feel pretty and witty and BRIGHT!" They're "I feel pretty and witty and GAY!" Not the first time someone has changed the word gay to bright in a lyric, though it's odd that they did it in a musical. There's nothing gayer than show tunes.
In I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE DO THIS news: An Arizona gun club is offering the chance for children and families to pose with Santa...and guns. I rarely quote extensively from articles, but may I repost here from an article in The Guardian:
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Love and Lyte,