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The Wasilla (Alaska) High School Symphonic Jazz Choir practiced the 1975 rock opera hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” all year, planning to sing it at graduation. But when one parent complained that it was inappropriate because its author, Freddie Mercury, was gay (he died from AIDS in 1991, at 45), Principal Dwight Probasco pulled the song from the program. Junior Casey Hight, who sings in the choir, “felt it was wrong” and “discrimination,” and pointed out there’s no mention of sex in the song whatever. When she threatened to go to the ACLU, Probasco relented and allowed the performance, but ordered a stanza about “violence and killing” be deleted. (“Mama, I just killed a man / Put a gun against his head / pulled my trigger now he’s dead. / Mama, life had just begun / But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.”) (RC/Wasilla Frontiersman) ...Because the heterosexual students should never learn that committing murder means throwing your life away.
Original Publication Date: 05 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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