The 'acceptance' song performed by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton has been barred from schools due to its perceived controversy.

School administrators in Waukesha, Wisconsin have banned the performance of 'Rainbowland', a song collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton, due to its perceived controversial nature.

The song was originally planned to be sung by first-grade students at Heyer Elementary during their spring concert, which also included 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong and 'Rainbow Connection' by Kermit the Frog from The Muppet Movie. However, the school board deemed the lyrics of both 'Rainbowland' and 'Rainbow Connection' contentious and decided to remove them from the setlist.

Melissa Tempel, a teacher who teaches in two languages at the school, expressed her frustration on social media because the board banned the song that promotes acceptance.

"On Twitter, Tempel wrote that her first-grade students were very enthusiastic about performing 'Rainbowland' at the spring concert, but the administration vetoed it. She also asked, 'When will it end?'"

The teacher also shared the lyrics of the song by Miley Cyrus and her 77-year-old godmother, which go, "Living in a Rainbowland / The skies are blue and things are grand / Wouldn't it be nice to live in paradise / Where we're free to be exactly who we are."

The song encourages people to look past their fears and prejudices and work towards making things right. The lyrics continue with the line, "And end the fight / 'Cause I promise ain't nobody gonna win (come on)."
A lot of parents were puzzled as to why the songs were prohibited.

According to Sarah Schindler, whose daughter is a first-grader in Tempel's class, the school board became more conservative after the pandemic. Schindler shared this information with the Los Angeles Times.

Schindler mentioned that there have been policy changes causing some dispute within the community. These prohibitions include not allowing teachers to display political signage or wear rainbow clothing and also preventing them from discussing pronouns with their students.

This seems to be true as Tempel responded to a user on her original post that wrote "It is Waukesha," with: "4 years ago we had an active diversity team and had @sharroky as our district equity consultant. Now we are Florida."

Another parent named Leigh Radichel Tracy told the publication that the song ban "has not in any way come as a surprise" as the school district "has really cracked down on anything LGBTQ".

She further explained that her 17-year-old daughter is in the marching band with many LGBTQ friends and was "hurt deeply," adding: "All that Miley and Dolly are saying is that they want to live in a world that is accepting, with no judgment and where people can be who they want to be."

"It’s so sad that this is seen as a ‘controversial issue’ by the School District of Waukesha. It’s a song about a beautiful place of acceptance," Tracy added.

Tempel announced on social media on Thursday (March 23) that Kermit the Frog's "Rainbow Connection" was restored to the setlist following complaints from parents and the local group Alliance for Education sent via email to the school administrators.

Becky Gilligan from the Alliance for Education issued a statement to People regarding the issue, stating that the organization "continues to advocate for our community."

She also added, "This is the most recent decision by a school district administration intent on stifling the diversity and denying equality to the community it serves, further ostracizing Waukesha in the eyes of the nation."

However, it is still unclear whether Parton and Cyrus' song collaboration will be allowed to be performed by first-graders, as there has been no update on that matter.

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