1. JWL says

    Im tired of trying to dredge up outrage over silliness…I guess that means I need to quit reading gay blogs.

  2. says

    I have no idea what the rationale behind the lyrical change, but I remember this happening with my choral music in elementary, middle, and high schools back in the 90s/early 2000s, and it wasn’t a discretionary change on the part of my teachers – it was how the lyrics were printed in the music.

  3. Francis says

    I read that the word was reinstated, but we’ll see if that’s confirmed.

    This is yet another reminder just how paranoid so many are in this country when it comes to homosexuality and anything gay-related, especially when it comes to children. It’s almost laughably ridiculous, but all I can do is shake my head. Let’s all let this school know what we think of this decision by leaving a message on their FB page or directly contacting the school here:

  4. says

    My oldest brother (who is gay), and my two sisters attended Cherry Knoll elementary. Traverse City is a bizarre place lately, with the fundamentalist Christians trying to force their narrow minded views on the rest of the residents.

  5. says

    I can’t wait until they learn that “Christmas trees” were actually “pagan” in origin. Can’t you just imagine them trying to chop down every damn pine tree in Michigan? To top it off, the composers of these Christmas songs were (wait for it!) Jewish: “Winter Wonderland”, “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”, “Sleigh Ride”, “Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow”, “White Christmas”, “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Silver Bells”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”, and “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays”…

  6. TampaZeke says

    I wonder if Bill O’Reilly will include this in his annual “War on Christmas” silliness? Somehow I don’t think so.

  7. ravewulf says

    The music teacher in my high school was liberal but briefly considered taking out ‘gay’ as she was unsure about the political correctness of it. My class assured her that using ‘gay’ in the song was perfectly fine and changing it wouldn’t be true to the original. The guys in the class were especially defensive making sure the song stayed gay đŸ˜‰

  8. QJ201 says

    Did they remove ‘tossed salad’ from the cafeteria menu too?

    Sorry, feeling juvenile today…but I did have to explain what this means to someone recently.

  9. Jake says

    Reminds me of when I went to Liberty University (yeah, I know), and the drama club put on a show of West Side Story. The took out “gay” from “I Feel Pretty” and replaced it with “smart” LOL

  10. SpunkyBunks says

    Don we now our “gay” apparel! Fa la la la la la la la la!
    Hell yeah we will! Straight people dress like crap. I’d rather have gay apparel.

  11. Stace Jones says

    You have got to be kidding me! And people wonder why there is so much bullying and bigotry in our school systems. It is because the schools are full of teachers who are bigots and bullies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Floretta says

    And next they’ll be rewording George M Cohan’s “You’re a Grand Old Flag” for the “high”-flying language – could it be a hidden reference to reefer?? Bwaaahahahaha!

    Nerts. Bring out a dictionary for the poor kiddies and explain that the word “gay” has other, earlier, meanings beyond sexuality – as in happy, bright, joyous – merry, to be seasonal.

  13. Jerry6 says

    Boy, am I glad my three sons,(One of which is GAY)went through their schooling long before “Political Correctness” became such a necessity in day-to-day speech. In those days, when my gay son’s high school principle tried to have sex with him, my son just looked at him and said “Sorry, you are not my type”, and walked out of his office.

  14. Denise says

    Does anybody read the dictionary anymore. This is so ignorant and it’s coming from people who are educating our children. Makes you wonder where they went to school and how did they get accredited. Very sad.

  15. Roger says

    The first prerequisite before teaching children should be that the teacher is smarter than the child. Probably a strong teacher’s union in Michigan. just sayin…….

  16. joseph kocevar says

    gay??? we heard this in la ca wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From traverse city mi?? Christmas ,time of the season all songs 100 yr ago are what???? Gay!!!!!!

  17. john chapman says

    He removed it because they couldn’t get through a practice run of the song without all the kids breaking out in laughter, not because someone censored it

  18. Shawnqueefa says

    As someone who has worked with brat children, and who knows how political correctness has turned reality upside down in this country and made it seriously difficult to work with brat children, I wonder if this teacher just flat out had enough of the brat behavior that ensued at the mention of the word, and changed the word to be able to do the job of teaching music, rather than the language teacher’s job of teaching that some words carry different meaning for different people.

  19. Reverend Flash says

    Why is John Chapman the only person besides me on this entire page (including both author and commenters) to actually have an idea as to what happened? Because this is a gay blog, you all have to assume that the removal of the word from the song was an anti-gay act of bigotry without having all the facts?
    George Carlin was right. It doesn’t matter who’s in a group, but leave it to a group to abandon all sense upon congregating.