Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus’ 2017 collaboration “Rainbowland” has been banned from a first-grade spring concert in Wisconsin. The track, which celebrates acceptance, was deemed controversial by the school district officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to a parent of a first-grader, the district has cracked down on anything LGBTQ and therefore, the banning hasn’t come as a surprise. The same parent mentioned that the song is merely saying that people should be allowed to be who they want to be without judgment. Despite the ban, the Happy Hippie Foundation co-founders continue to remain the proponents of the LGBTQ+ community.
It is a shame to see a song that celebrates love, peace, and acceptance being banned from an event as innocent as a first-grade spring concert. However, it is quite inspiring to see artists like Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton use their platform to promote LGBTQ rights and fight against the injustice faced by vulnerable communities. The two legendary artists collaborated on the song “Rainbowland” to spread awareness, and its ban from the concert only highlights the urgency of more awareness needed to be created.
In a world where people are quick to judge and discriminate, it is important to stand for the right values and fight against discrimination. Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton are helping young people fight this battle through their Happy Hippie Foundation. It is up to us now to promote such excellent initiatives that derive from good intentions. The ban may have silenced the song from the concert, but it has only made it resonate louder in the minds of the people who believe in the inclusive power of music.
In conclusion, the banning of “Rainbowland” from a first-grade spring concert is a minor setback in light of the bigger picture. It is proof that more needs to be done in terms of awareness in the fight for LGBTQ rights. It is also symbolic of the power of music, which penetrates deep into young minds and can serve as a beacon of hope for a better future. Let us hope that one day we live in a world that is accepting, with no judgment, where people can be who they want to be.