By Jeff Simpson
The head coach of the Marshfield High School dance team has been fired after the team performed to an edited version of Robin Thicke's popular but racy hit "Blurred Lines."
Superintendent Peg Geegan told News-Herald Media that she couldn't comment on personnel issues but Lisa Jolin was removed as head coach for "appropriate reasons and following district protocols."
Parents and students said they are concerned that the dance team might disband without Jolin. They said she brought a measure of respectability to an activity that students had looked down on, and two of the seven team members have already quit.
Jolin said she doesn't know how many people had called Geegan to complain about the song choice, but she heard no complaints immediately after the performance.
A popular coach was relieved of her duties when a few parents did not like her song choice, even though the song was edited down!
In case you dont know the song:
"Blurred Lines" is a song recorded by Canadian-American recording artist Robin Thicke for his 2013 album of the same name. The song features guest vocals from American rapper T.I. and American singer and producer Pharrell; all three share writing credits on the song. It was produced by Pharrell. The song was released as the lead single from Blurred Lines on March 26, 2013 through Star Trak Recordings.
The single has peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as topping the Billboard R&B Songs chart. It has also become Thicke's most successful song on the Billboard Hot 100, being his first to reach number one on the chart (he previously peaked at number 14 on the Hot 100 with "Lost Without U", in 2007). The song has been a worldwide hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom, as well as the top ten in Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania, France, Iceland, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. As of July 17, 2013, it is the second best-selling single of 2013 in the UK, the Official Charts Company confirmed that it had sold one million copies, behind Daft Punk's single "Get Lucky", which also features Pharrell Williams. In the United States, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for twelve consecutive weeks, becoming the longest running number one single of 2013 and of the 2010s decade surpassing Rihanna's "We Found Love" (2011). This feat also gave him the eighth lead male solo artist in Billboard history to rack ten or more weeks at the number one spot for a single. It sold over 5 million copies in just 22 weeks in the US, faster than any other song in digital history.
On July 28, 2013, "Blurred Lines" broke the record for radio audience previously held by Mariah Carey's We Belong Together in 2005. A press release from Interscope said as of the last week in July 2013, the track reached more than 242.65 million listeners.
Regardless if you like it or not, Blurred Lines is THE song of the summer. It plays everywhere and it plays constantly. To think that you can shield your children from a song seems a bit naive to me. Since she used the edited version, I think that the school was 100% wrong in this instance.
The question is WHO makes the determination on what is and is not appropriate? When it comes to censorship, I tend to believe we should be very careful what we censor and use times when maybe we exposed too much as a learning moment! I also think we need to give our children more credit than we do on what they can handle.