Not long ago, a radio station in Ohio stopped playing the holiday classic Baby It’s Cold Outside because one listener complained that it was a “rape anthem.” Apparently, rape has a full soundtrack as a collegiate singing group has dropped a song over a misogyny complaint.
A Princeton a cappella group will no longer perform “Kiss The Girl” from the popular Disney film The Little Mermaid because there was a complaint that it contributes to rape culture. Pretty soon, there won’t be any songs left, and then, what will liberals complain about?
NBC News reports the Princeton University’s male a cappella group, the Tigertones, has dropped performing “Kiss The Girl“ from the Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid. Previously, when the group performed the song, they brought a female audience member on stage to decide whether or not a man from the crowd could kiss her.
The Tigertones have dropped this song because one student, a sophomore named Noa Wollstein, complained about it in The Daily Princetonian, the school’s newspaper. And, boy, was this a complaint:
Even when gently crooned by an animated crab, the song “Kiss The Girl,” from the Disney hit “The Little Mermaid,” is more misogynistic and dismissive of consent than cute. By performing the song multiple times each semester, the Tigertones elevate it to an offensive and violating ritual.
While it may seem that the complaint here is that when the Tigertones perform “Kiss The Girl” they actually try to get audience members to kiss each other, Wollstein has a genuine problem with the song itself as well as the animated film it comes from.
No matter how “great the tradition,” this canonical Tigertones tune should be struck from their repertoire. Its lyrics raise some serious issues. The premise of the song, originally sung in the Disney film The Little Mermaid, is that the male Prince Eric, on a date with the beautiful female Ariel, should kiss her without asking for a single word to affirm her consent. Despite the fact that an evil sea-witch cursed Ariel’s voice away, making verbal consent impossible, the song is clearly problematic from the get-go.
Removed from its cushioning context of mermaids, magic, and PG ratings, the message comes across as even more jarring. Lyrics such as, “It’s possible she wants you too/There’s one way to ask her/It don’t take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl,” and “she won’t say a word/Until you kiss that girl,” unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent.
And, she included the most liberal whacko feminist intersectional progressive sentence ever written:
The song launches a heteronormative attack on women’s right to oppose the romantic and sexual liberties taken by men, further inundating the listener with themes of toxic masculinity.
As it turns out, Wollstein also has a problem with the way the Tigertones perform the song by encouraging audience members to kiss each other. She says she saw a “queer student” made uncomfortable by this and “unwilling girls” being forced to publicly have their first kiss. Sure, the Tigertones give the female audience members the choice of kissing, but why should facts get in the way of a hysterical woman’s narrative?
Because one person complained, the Tigertones have decided to stop performing the song and issued an apology.
“Because of these concerns, we are removing “Kiss the Girl” from our active repertoire until we can arrive at a way to perform it that is comfortable and enjoyable for every member of our audience. We sincerely apologize to any of our past participants and audience members for whom our performance of this song was uncomfortable or offensive,” wrote Tigertones president Wesley Brown.
Who knew an a cappella group had a president? PC culture may be killing off everything fun, but at least democracy is alive and well.
When we as a society start bowing to the unreasonable demands of leftist kooks, it starts a snowball rolling down a slippery slope. First, they want to ban “rape anthems” and, the next thing you know, nobody is allowed to say anything and all of our guns have been confiscated.