In recent years, schools in the Ivy League have contributed to the demise of whatever prestige they once had. No longer is the Ivy League a bastion of intelligence and higher education, instead allowing social justice issues to muddy its once revered name.
An a cappella group at Princeton University, completely comprised of “misogynistic” men, has decided to stop singing a classic Disney song because some “social justice warrior” got triggered and wrote an op-ed for school paper The Daily Princetonian chiding the group for the use of the “heteronormative” song — whatever the heck “heteronormative” is.
FYI, I know what “heteronormative” means. I just think it’s stupid.
The song in question? “Kiss the Girl” from the classic Disney film, “The Little Mermaid.”
So, what bug crawled up writer Noa Wollenstein’s behind?
“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,” Wollenstein wrote. “By performing the song multiple times each semester, the Tigertones elevate it to an offensive and violating ritual.”
Excuse me, Miss Wollenstein — or whatever gender you’re going by today — but you’re virtue signaling is showing. Just because you can’t enjoy anything without breaking it down into something more sinister says more about you and less about the song.
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.
Ugh. Just ugh. Wollenstein, who is a sophomore at Princeton, needs to grow up a lot. If her personality, or lack thereof, is wound this tight at 19 or 20-years-old, she’s in for a rude awakening when she enters the real world. And since universities do more harm than good in preparing young people for the real world, she’s got a long road ahead of her.
I actually feel sorry for Wollenstein.
Mere days after the Wollenstein op-ed was published, the president of the Tigertones a cappella group wrote his own op-ed capitulating to Wollenstein’s demand.
Apparently, one of the issues was that the Tigertones would invite a male and female on-stage during the song, and at the end the male was encouraged to kiss the female in the cheek.
“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,” Tigertones president Wesley Brown wrote.
I can see how that might cause a problem on a college campus, so just stop inviting people on-stage! Simple, done! It’s not that difficult. Use that Ivy League education to use a little deductive reasoning.
After tucking their tails between their legs, Wollenstein still wasn’t completely happy.
“I would technically like to see it taken out period,” Wollenstein told the New York Times. “But if they’re willing to work on it and get it to a place where it’s not offensive, then I’m all for it.”
I’m not sure exactly how much parents are paying these days for their children to get Ivy League indoctrinated, but if this story is any indication, they’re being ripped off.
H/T: Fox News