Marion, Iowa High School Pulls "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Graduation

This just in: people in Marion, Iowa are overly sensitive to 1970s rock-and-roll.

According to a story in the Des Moines Register, Marion High School principal, Dr. Greg Thomas, removed Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" from their graduation ceremony after townspeople whined that it wasn't appropriate, because it makes references to murder and suicide.

Really? The high school whose mascot is the Indian is worried about a song about murder and suicide? Really. Given the controversy that has raged over the same mascot at other high schools and colleges, I would think a 34-year-old song wouldn't rank very high on the list of Important Things We Need To Be Concerned With.

It also has that line "Beelzebub dada dada dada dah for me, for me, for MEEEEEEEE!," but no one seemed to complain about that.

(UC Men's Octet)

However, the choir will still perform John Lennon's "Imagine," a song about atheism and socialism.

Rock on, Indians.

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  1. What about the line that says, "Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to meeeeeee. To me." That clearly promotes lack of ambition, no personal initiative, and the use of marijuana.


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