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Miley Cyrus' Song 'Rainbowland' Censored At Wisconsin Elementary School

Home / Stars / Miley Cyrus' Song 'Rainbowland' Censored At Wisconsin Elementary School

By Arthur Boiron on March 30, 2023 at 6:00 PM EDT
Updated on March 30, 2023 at 6:54 PM EDT

Since the release of her song 'Flowers' and her new album 'Endless Summer,' Miley Cyrus is back. There's no doubt about it. For several weeks, her song 'Flowers' was the most listened song on the planet, and everybody knew what this was about. Many women took that song as an example of feminism and freedom; it even became the breakup song by definition. On Tiktok, people were using it to show their strength even though they were heartbroken.

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And for Miley Cyrus, of course, it didn't stop there. Firstly, her album is already said to be the album of the summer. Secondly, people start to listen to her old songs to catch up on the ones they missed when she was in the shadow, but also for nostalgia, as we can see in the Youtube comments of "23" with Mike Will Made It, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. She inspires everyone, even kids who decided to sing one of her songs from 2017, 'Rainbowland,' on the scene for a school performance. However, the school decided to ban the song when they heard about it, but why?

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A Song About The LGBTQ+ Community

Everything started at the Heyer elementary school in Wisconsin. A professor, Melissa Tempel, had the idea to make 6 to 7 years old children sing the song 'Rainbowland' for a spring show about unity and peace around the world, which is just a positive message, nothing else. But while the class was in the middle of rehearsing the song and the choreography, the school staff decided to ban the song from the school program due to the message inside the music, which supports the LGBTQ+ community.

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Why? Because for them, the message inside it is very controversial. Released in 2017 in her album 'Younger Now,' Miley Cyrus' song talks about the inclusion of different origins, genres, religions, and love and gives her full support to the LGBTQ+ community inside it. Melissa Tempel, the professor, said the kids were shocked by the decision as well as her. She said she chose this song because it mostly has a universal and caring message and was perfect for unity and peace around the world. But what are the lyrics of the song?

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The Lyrics Of Rainbowland

In the song, the first verse is not very interesting, so let's talk about the second one: "Living in a rainbowland, where 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. Let's all dig down deep inside. Brush the judgment and fear aside. Make wrong things right and end the fight because I promise nobody will win". In this verse, Miley Cyrus talks about a world where everybody would be accepted, where we need to stop to fight each other for no reason because, for her, in the end, nobody will win. When we read that, It's a message for peace and all the communities in the world.

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So what is the excuse of the school to ban the song when we see this kind of lyrics? Well, maybe because of the chorus: "Living in a rainbowland, where you and I go hand in hand. Oh, I’d be lying If I said this was fine. All the hurt and the hate is going on here. We are rainbows, me and you. Every color, every hue, let’s shine through. Together, we can start living in a rainbowland". In these lyrics, Miley Cyrus explicitly talks about the LGBTQ+ community by mentioning rainbows, rainbowland, which is the title of the song, of course, and "every color" which, of course, refers to the LGBTQ+ flag and all the colors it has. And this part of the song might be why the school decided to ban the song.

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The school staff declared that the song 'Rainbowland' was inappropriate for young children and that the children would need to interpret 'Rainbow Connection" of the Muppet Show instead. Mellisa Tempel added that the parents were shocked by the song's ban because, like her, they found it innocent, and she's worried because this act gives a bad image to the school in front of the LGBTQ+ community. James Sebert, the school principal, has forbidden rainbows and LGBTQ+ flags in classes and suspended his school's work about diversity and equity in 2021. So this is not that very surprising coming from this school. However, we might wonder what Miley Cyrus thinks about it.

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