Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton’s Song featuring the word “rainbow” got banned by Wisconsin’s school district. Melissa Tempel, a first-grade teacher at Heyer Elementary School in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, along with her co-teacher who is also a dual-language instructor, has been preparing her students for an upcoming spring concert with a theme of world unity and peace.
As part of the concert, they selected songs such as “It’s a Small World,” sung in Spanish, and “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.
As part of the concert, the students were going to perform the song “Rainbowland” by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton, which promotes inclusivity.
The song was suggested by another faculty member and approved by Tempel and her co-teacher. The first graders have been rehearsing the song so they can learn it by heart before the concert, which is scheduled just before Mother’s Day.
Melissa Tempel stated that her students enjoyed learning the song “Rainbowland” right after they were introduced to it.
However, she said that the school administration asked her to remove the song from the concert one day after the students learned it. The district stated that the song was removed due to its “controversial” lyrics, as per the school board policy regarding controversial issues in the classroom.
The lyrics of “Rainbowland” by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton include lines such as “Wouldn’t it be nice to live in paradise, where we’re free to be exactly who we are,” and “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 going on here.”
CNN has not received a comment from representatives of Cyrus or Parton regarding the school’s decision to remove the song from the concert.
In 2017, Parton described “Rainbowland” as a song about loving one another better and being kinder to each other.
Meanwhile, Cyrus noted that the lyrics acknowledge different races, genders, and religions and that it would be great if everyone could come together and appreciate their differences. Cyrus also stated that a rainbow wouldn’t be a rainbow without all the different colors.
Melissa Tempel emphasized that “Rainbowland” is more than just a song and that it is about supporting inclusivity and promoting love and acceptance. She added that there is nothing political about these messages.