A headteacher has pulled a song from her school’s harvest festival concert after parents complained it was too hard hitting.Oh? What the hell was it, 'Smack My Bitch Up'?
Two mums contacted Mersea Island School after they found out their children were going to be singing about famine and fear.Heh! Faced with this, the school backed down, despite it being - it seems - only two parents:
They said they would stop their children taking part in the concert.
Now Nicky Sirrett, headteacher at the Barfield Road school, has decided to replace the song.Oh, shame! I expect you'll find some other way to impress upon the kiddiewinks how awful the West is and how we are to blame for everything, though...
Mrs Sirett said: “We have listened to the concerns of a very small minority of parents. I have had two contact me, and have decided not to do the song.”
The parents complained about the song Newspaper Pictures because the lyrics are about dying and not new life.Thankfully, someone has posted a link to this magnum opus in the comments. Have a listen.
So, I can understand why some parents objected. Though I'm not entirely sure harvest festival is about new life. Are they getting it mixed up with Easter?
One mum, who asked not to be named, said her nine-year-old son had raised his own concerns about the song.Well, I have to admit, it doesn't sound very 'Bringing In The Sheaves' to me. But looking at the comments to that piece, more than a few people are happy to have this sort of rubbish rammed down the throats of the next generation. Got to raise them right!
She said: “It was sent home as homework, but when I had a look at it, I couldn’t believe it.
“I am not trying to put my son in a bubble, but I also do not think they should be singing songs with such words in them.
“It talks about mothers holding dying children and tanks rolling into war-torn towns.
There is even a line where it more or less says there is no hope.”
I expect games in this school will be organised via the methods Dick Puddlecote highlights too...
The mum said she could not understand why a song that was more about war and dying than harvest time, had been chosen for a festival that is more about growth and new life.No, again, that's spring. But hey, I'm not going to quibble.
Well done anyway. It's not often the forces of the Righteous beat such a hasty retreat. More please, faster.