Last week we had a radio station ban the classic Christmas song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” because it allegedly promotes date rape. Now we have a music group being told to stop singing a popular Disney song because it promotes sexual assault.
The “constantly offended” crowd strikes again.
Via the Daily Wire:
“An all-male a cappella group at a prestigious university will no longer sing one well-known Disney song because some audience members — and one sophomore who wrote an article about it for the student newspaper — found it to be “uncomfortable.”
Of course, this is all happening at an Ivy League college: Princeton University.
One of the school’s all-male a cappella groups, the Princeton Tigertones, will no longer perform its popular rendition of “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid after the complaints. During their performance, the group invites a woman from the audience to join them as they sing and “playfully dance with her for a bit,” according to Inside Higher Ed. As the song reaches a close, the group invites a male audience member, pretend to groom him, and then put the two together, asking that they kiss, as the song suggests. The random couple complies, “sometimes on with a peck on the cheek, sometimes briefly on the lips,” Inside Higher Ed reported.
The entire scene is harmless and done in good fun, which of course does not sit well with the modern outrage crowd.
On November 26, sophomore Noa Wollstein wrote an opinion article for the Daily Princetonian asking the Tigertones to stop singing the song because it “is more misogynistic and dismissive of consent than cute.”
“Its lyrics raise some serious issues. The premise of the song, originally sung in the Disney film The Little Mermaid, is that the male Prince Eric, on a date with the beautiful female Ariel, should kiss her without asking for a single word to affirm her consent. Despite the fact that an evil sea-witch cursed Ariel’s voice away, making verbal consent impossible, the song is clearly problematic from the get-go,” Wollstein wrote.
She claims that if you take away the mermaids and the magic, the “message comes across as even more jarring.” She cites the lyrics “It’s possible she wants you too/There’s one way to ask her/It don’t take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl” and ““she won’t say a word/Until you kiss that girl,” as problematic. These lyrics, she insists, “unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent.”
Wollstein conflates “clear consent” with “verbal consent,” something that has been happening on college campuses since California introduced its absurd “affirmative consent” law, which essentially defines all sex as rape unless an awkward and unnatural set of steps are followed. Even though the law ensures that non-verbal consent is valid, in practice, students who can’t prove verbal consent (or who are accused of not obtaining affirmative consent) are punished.
Wollstein wasn’t done criticizing “Kiss the Girl,” insisting this song “launches a heteronormative attack on women’s right to oppose the romantic and sexual liberties taken by men” and promotes “toxic masculinity,” all phrases modern “feminists” use after taking an Outrage Studies class.”
Here’s the song with the lyrics.
To those who complained about the song…