So I just popped on the ABC 7 News, and they had an interesting story. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. This goes double for all the old-school friends I have.
Recently, a music teacher had a problem. She was teaching Christmas songs to a group of small children, getting them ready for an upcoming Christmas pageant.
All went well until she got to the old song "Deck The Halls".
Now the moment the lyric "Don we now our gay apparel" came up, several of the 5 and 6 year olds began snickering. The snickering students then explained to the rest of the classroom what "Gay" means, and soon there were 30+ snickering 5 and 6 year olds.
The teacher panicked, and threw a conniption fit.
She then went to the principal and the school board, and together they made a new song sheet.
Rather than explain to the kindergartners that back when the song was written, "Gay" was a slang term for "Happy" they instead decided to change the lyric to "Don we now a bright apparel".
Now the parents of the snickering students are split in half.
Half of the parents like the choice, and have already told their children that it's not ok to snicker at the word "Gay". These parents have since apologized on their children's behalf for offending anyone.
The other half say that changing the song is "blasphemy" and that the school needs to change the lyric back "immediately" and restore the "sanctity" of the song.
.... Your thoughts?