I wrote yesterday about the legalism of the left. It’s already begun to swallow everything up – Kevin Hart, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Baby It’s Cold Outside, VeggieTales, the miraculous birth of Jesus, Miss Universe, the Pilgrims, social media, and now apparently the Little Mermaid.
Here’s the story from the College Fix that is sadly anything but shocking:
An a cappella group at Princeton University has temporarily stopped singing a hit Disney song after at least one student complained that it can “catalyze violent tendencies toward, and assault against, women.”
The group, the Princeton Tigertones, have stopped singing the song “Kiss the Girl” from the movie The Little Mermaid until “the members can perform it in a way that’s comfortable for the entire audience,” Inside Higher Ed reports.
The progressive attack suggested that not only was the song problematic, but the fun attempt to promote audience participation by the Princeton group constituted an “offensive and violating ritual.” Seriously:
“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,” Wollstein writes, claiming: “The fervor with which the all-male Tones press the man to kiss the female subject eerily amplifies the song’s assertions of toxic masculinity.”
Progressive voices were particularly annoyed that in the performance, the choir would choose a male and female member of the audience to sing to and prompt to give each other a peck on the cheek. Why not two females, or two males, or two non-conforming gender-fluid, transsexual Nazi eskimos? That’s the “heteronormative” portion of their complaint.
The President of Princeton’s Tigertones attempted this ultimately futile attempt at repentance:
“Our group is always striving to impart joy and positivity through our music, and we take very seriously any indication that we fall short of this goal,” Brown wrote. “For that reason, we want to make sure that all audience members feel encouraged to reach out to the group and initiate a dialogue if they ever feel that any aspect of our show is upsetting or offensive. Our repertoire, traditions, and group as a whole are constantly evolving, and thus we value this opportunity to ensure a more comfortable performance environment moving forward.”
And by “ensuring a more comfortable performance environment” he, of course, means that the group will no longer be singing the classic song from the Little Mermaid. Nothing can survive the left’s legalism. And as I wrote yesterday, this is precisely why.