Wasilla High School Bans Song by Gay Rock Legend
Freddie Mercury's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' deemed inappropriate
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2011 3:07 AM CDT
Updated May 15, 2011 6:44 PM CDT
Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury rocks out in 1986.   (AP Photo/Marco Arndt)

(Newser) – An Alaska high school choir was up in arms after the principal banned a song for graduation because it was written by a gay rocker. Wasilla principal Dwight Probasco banned the 1975 Queen hit "Bohemian Rhapsody" from a graduation ceremony after complaints from parents about the sexual orientation of songwriter and lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury. “The whole thing was just ridiculous,” said a senior from Sarah Palin's hometown. “They’d played the song on the school intercom and we played it at prom. It’s a great song and the choir was really excited to be singing it. The senior class felt like it defined them."

Probasco has backed down since a student contacted a gay and lesbian organization in Anchorage for help. He has now agreed to allow an edited version of the song at graduation that doesn't include lyrics about a killing. Seniors believe the principal was worried about possible action from the ACLU, reports the Frontiersman.

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Corey Mondello
May 16, 2011 5:52 PM CDT
Only the elimination of all conservative Christians will allow all Americans to be free and the world to no longer have to live in fear of the U.S.A.'s imperialist, terrorist holy war. The conservative ideology has never helped mankind in any way, it has not only never helped mankind in anyway, it has oppressed, murdered, raped and killed all those in it's way to gain power. History shows us this. Fact shows us this. James Madison, the "Father of the U.S. Constitution", along with many founders of this country, regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliations, knew keeping politics and religion separate not only preserves each, but helps them flourish: "The number, the industry, and the morality of the Priesthood and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the Church and the State."
dann0
May 16, 2011 11:39 AM CDT
Dumb asses! They don't have an issue with the lyrics of killing a man - just the part that it was written by a gay man. Better ban all of Elton John's music from the state.
meda808
May 15, 2011 11:38 PM CDT
First ban should be nationwide.. against Lady Gaga. Queen would be much further down the list.