Twirlers Benched Over Sapphic Tune

Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl' at heart of Texas high school flap
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2008 7:39 AM CDT
Katy Perry, center, performs in May,   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – A trio of Texas high schoolers have had their baton-twirling privileges suspended after performing a routine to Katy Perry’s hit “I Kissed a Girl,” ABC News reports. The school says it is simply disciplining the girls for disobeying their coach, who told them to “choose a more appropriate song"—but at least one of the girls disagrees. “The school is way overreacting,” she says.

“No matter how you look at it, the school said ‘no’ to the song,” her mother says, citing other “worse” songs that were allowed to fly, including Soulja Boy’s “Go Hard,” which contains innuendo and obscenities. As for “I Kissed a Girl,” “there is no sex in the song, and no one is murdered,” she notes. “That is worse than having a drink and kissing a girl.”