Much PC Ado about Nothing


Curiosity
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A "silent night" as carolers told to stop singing at skating show

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A high school choir was asked to stop singing Christmas carols during an ice skating show featuring Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen out of concern the skater would be offended because she's Jewish.
A city staff member, accompanied by a police officer, approached the Rubidoux High School Madrigals at the Riverside Outdoor Ice Skating Rink just as they launched into "God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman" and requested that the troupe stop singing, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday.
Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist and 2006 U.S. National Champion, had just finished her performance at the rink on the downtown pedestrian mall, and was signing autographs.
Choir director Staci Della-Rocco said she complied with the request "because a policeman told me to stop. I didn't want to have a big old huge scene in front of my kids," according to the newspaper.
The city staff member, special-events employee Michelle Baldwin, could not be reached for comment. City Development Director Belinda J. Graham confirmed the incident.
"This request was simply made by a staff member who was attempting to be sensitive to the celebrity guest, without considering the wider implications ... or consulting with her supervisor for guidance," Graham said in an e-mail to the newspaper.
Mayor Ron Loveridge called the incident "unfortunate."
"You kind of wish people do a little checking first. You certainly have my apology," he said, referring to the choir members. A spokeswoman with the New York-based PR firm that helped promote the event said Cohen did not make the request to silence the singers.

Eye Candy:

This is ridiculous - Cohen may be Jewish but she is a skating professional and has skated in many events especially popular around Christmas and/or Hannukah which begins this weekend.... I wouldn't be surprised if she has skated to many Christmas-sy songs herself....especially when the group at the end of an exhibition does some ensemble work together.

The whole PC finger wagging was way out of line - especially embarrassing a group of high school choir members who were probably enjoying their night out... What is embarrassing is the hip-hop rap crap high school kids are allowed to listen to - which should be considered more offensive to the educators of our day - who look the other way when it comes to preferred teen "music".
Last edited by Curiosity; Dec 14th, 2006 at 11:20 AM..
 
Sassylassie
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It's only going to get more and more bizarre as the Socialist dig their teeth into anything they deem offensive (like their ethos to me is offensive) soon we will all being doing the Political Correctness Chicken dance, yep the PC commie crowd should be proud of the crap they've forced down our throats. It keeps me skinny thou.
 
Curiosity
#3
Morning Sassy....

It is really too bad when educators are so wrapped up in PC they are forgetting to do their jobs - like teaching!

This is probably an issue in S. California only as the radio is buzzing with it - one woman phoned in to lay out her comment which I thought pretty neat....

The only thing that offends Jews about Christmas, is that most people think that Jews are offended by Christmas.


 
ottawabill
#4
aaaarrrgghhhhhhhhhh!!!

bout all I have to say!!!

The only ones offended by religious songs, festivals etc are left wing agnostics who say they are sticking up for minority groups. I have never met anyone offended by Christmas from any other religiuos group yet. I have been wished "Merry Christmas" from Jewish, Hindu, and Islamic people... An I offended by Chanaka? Dwalhi? Ramadan? no..they are not my festivals but there is nothing offence about them....

The ones offended are those who don't believe in anything and are bitter towards people of faith, since that seem so righteous to them.."Forgive them for that do not know what they do"
 
Curiosity
#5
Thanks Ottawa Bill

You said it! Those "defenders of the oppressed" are ridiculous - especially in assuming the oppressed need a voice - giving out misinformation.

Sasha Cohen had a CBS special last nite called "A Silent Night"..... which is the song the choir were asked to stop singing....... and here is a bit from her web journal....

www.sashacohen.com/journal.shtml (external - login to view)
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I have to get ready to pack but will post another journal from Boston to tell you more about what Iím doing off ice.

Sasha
Join Sasha on her Christmas tree lighting tour
December 5, 2006

I feel like Iíve been on the Christmas Lighting Tour!
Iíve been to New York, San Diego and participated in a tree lighting at the South Coast Plaza here. I just got back from the Galleria in Dallas where I performed in a celebrity skating show last weekend.
It was so wonderful skating with Christine singing when I was skating at Rockefeller Center. Iíve always been a fan of hers and I like the song ďHurtĒ. I have it on my iPod and play it a lot. Iíve even been skating to it at times.
I read where it was estimated about 100,000 attended the tree lighting and performances. The crowd in NYC was very enthusiastic. We all were treated very well by the producers of the program. It was fun working in wardrobe, makeup and hair. Everything is so festive.
By the way the picture of Christina and me was taken by Natasha. Isn't that a great shot?
The tree lighting at the South Coast Plaza was different for me. Hal Landon Jr. and I emceed the lighting of the tree held at Town Center Park last Wednesday. Hal performs as Scrooge each year in a stage production. The 95-foot tree looked so big when looking straight up. I canít imagine how a tree that size gets decorated so beautifully. It holds about 20,000 lights.
The crowd helped us count down the seconds to the lighting of the tree. At each of the final seconds a section of the tree glowed. When we all said ďOne!Ē the star on the top turned bright and a couple buildings outlined in lights had theirs turned on.
The Galleria in Dallas was decorated beautifully for the holidays. I performed last Saturday and there were a lot of other activities for the children. Story times and singalongs were held and of course Santa was kept quite busy despite almost four weeks to Christmas.
I have been very busy but I like to live my life that way. It feels good to have a purpose and work and accomplish a lot of things. Iím getting to spend time with my family.
Yesterday I did some voice overs for CSI: NY. I will do some for the movies I did later this week or next.
Sometimes I think I write too much! I will stop for now but post another journal by Thursday with some skating news.

Sasha
Sasha with Christina Aguilera at the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center in New York. Sasha skated while Christine sang"Hurt" from her newest CD "Back to Basics".

 
Dalreg
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MERRY CHRISTMAS! You can't silence my voice! I will sing Christmas carols for you if you ask nice.
If I hear one more Happy Holiday from someone I will hunt them down and shove Merry Christmas up there wazoo.

In Regina Saskatchewan the public school boards have banned Christmas pageants and replaced them with winter festivals. This is coming from a city and province that is probably 75+% Catholic in faith. Can't offend that one or two people out there.
 
Sassylassie
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LOL you give them hell Delrag, and Merry Christmas to you also. The PC crowd are busy this year finding offense when none is meant or felt, IDIOTS. It must be difficult to wave over the PC policeeeeeee with wrist that weak, flopping all over the place like a landed trout.
 
tamarin
#8
I find an in-your-face policy best with the PC folk.
"What the hell do you think you're doing?" said slowly and with deliberation and withering eye contact usually works.
 
Sassylassie
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tamarin wrote: What the hell do you think you're doing?" said slowly and with deliberation and withering eye contact usually works." LOL, the withering eye thing I do realllllllllllllllly well. LOL to funny.


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ottawabill
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If not singing carols will stop even one q from being hurt it would be worth it...NOT!!!!
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

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A "silent night" as carolers told to stop singing at skating show

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A high school choir was asked to stop singing Christmas carols during an ice skating show featuring Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen out of concern the skater would be offended because she's Jewish.

I spose not one of those geniuses thought to ask Cohen if she'd be offended. Idiots. You tell 'em Sassy.
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by ottawabillView Post

aaaarrrgghhhhhhhhhh!!!

bout all I have to say!!!

The only ones offended by religious songs, festivals etc are left wing agnostics who say they are sticking up for minority groups. I have never met anyone offended by Christmas from any other religiuos group yet. I have been wished "Merry Christmas" from Jewish, Hindu, and Islamic people... An I offended by Chanaka? Dwalhi? Ramadan? no..they are not my festivals but there is nothing offence about them....

The ones offended are those who don't believe in anything and are bitter towards people of faith, since that seem so righteous to them.."Forgive them for that do not know what they do"

You're dead right about that. I'm an atheist and I'm not offended by Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, 3 Kings Day, Eid al-Fitr or Eid'ul-Adha, Omisoka, etc. PC offends me and I really think PC people need to grow up.
 
ottawabill
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

You're dead right about that. I'm an atheist and I'm not offended by Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Ramadan, 3 Kings Day, Eid al-Fitr or Eid'ul-Adha, Omisoka, etc. PC offends me and I really think PC people need to grow up.

Hey maybe you're on to something...a class action lawsuit for offending the general public with Political correctiveness...it is causing me great anguish, stress and offending my sensibilities..hell I maybe unable to work with all this on my shoulders
 
Curiosity
#14
Updated:2006-12-15 14:35:02 AP

Cohen's Reaction.....
Skater 'Stunned' by Christmas Carol Cutoff


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Dec. 14) - Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen was "stunned" to learn that a U.S. high school choir had been ordered to stop singing Christmas carols at a holiday show because she is half Jewish, her mother said on Thursday.

A city employee, accompanied by a police officer, approached the Rubidoux High School Madrigals at the Riverside Outdoor Ice Skating Rink just as they launched into "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and requested that the troupe stop singing, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday.

Cohen, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist and 2006 U.S. National Champion, had just finished her performance at the rink on the downtown pedestrian mall, and was signing autographs.

The employee, special-events worker Michelle Baldwin, could not be reached for comment. City Development Director Belinda J. Graham confirmed the incident.

"This request was simply made by a staff member who was attempting to be sensitive to the celebrity guest, without considering the wider implications ... or consulting with her supervisor for guidance," Graham said in an e-mail to the newspaper.Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, who called the incident "unfortunate," apologized to the choir. "You kind of wish people do a little checking first," he said.

Cohen, who is half Christian and "celebrates everything" during the holidays, learned only through news reports that the choir had been cut off on her account, the 22-year-old skater's mother and manager said.

"Sasha was stunned. We both thought the voices were just lovely, they were doing such a wonderful job," Galina Cohen said. "Christmas carols are part of celebrating the holiday season."

To some, the incident appeared an example of excessive political correctness in the United States over the celebration of Christmas -- which some conservative commentators have characterized as a "war on Christmas."

Cohen's mother said the skater had taken part in Christmas tree lighting ceremonies at New York's Rockefeller Center and in California.
 
Sassylassie
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Another example of a bent and twisted PCer getting their knickers in a knot over (maybe they should go comando) "Nothing" these people should be forced to attend "Normal" school where "Real People" swear and curse, are rude, and don't open doors for the elderly. They offended me and like Bill stated we should sue them for PTSS, I may not be able to work ever again I find them so offensive. Hand over the brow as I lay prostrate with offense and horror over PCness.
 
Curiosity
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A blip in the paper yesterday wrote.....

Teachers in (one State I can't remember which) are being told they may be issued handguns to protect themselves.... isn't this lovely?

But nobody can sing Silent Night?

This world has gone mad. Politically correct speech and permissive behavior gone wild.

Meanwhile we are not educating the young.
 
Sassylassie
#17
Another example of the loss of "Common Sense" where'd it go? We have become a society of whiners, complainers and blamers, as adults we are suppose to role models for the young choke along comes the PC crowd and society went to hell in a hand basket. It's time for common sense to rule again, tell the PC crowd to bugger off with their fake politeness and foolishness and they can take their inane book of rules and conduct with them.
 
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