Elle went to the annual cheer-leading clinic tonight. They have had this for years as a High School fund raiser and the girls have gone off and on. I have never yearned for my girls to be cheerleaders, but I know that it is a fun activity for the kids and let them attend the clinic when they want to.
I understand that cheer-leading is a sport. I admire the agility and dancing skills. I wish our local cheerleaders would cheer for the girls teams as well as for the boy teams. I feel that if they are to be respected as a sport more they need to be cheering all of the players, not just the boys. I say all of this to let you know where I am coming from.
Tonight the girls performed the cheer they learned and that they will be preforming next Tuesday at the JV boys basketball game. The cheer is pretty typical in that the girl are yelling,”Let’s go boys! Let’s go!” In my head I’m thinking really, can’t we cheer for the girls just once? I kept my mouth shut though, and watched my girl do her cheer.
Then they started their dance.
Song begins, I start filming…
Song hits the third word or so and the screen shot lowers to the floor. I look at the mom beside me and we both are like “Oh, no they didn’t”.
But they did. They played this song for kids pre-school through fifth grade. My little 8-year-old was dancing to
I’m feeling sexy and free…..
My kid has heard sexy before, she is far from in a bubble. However do not play music for her that celebrates being sexy. If an inappropriate songs hit the airways, I turn it off. If an inappropriate show comes on we turn it off. Some things are not for kids.
If I pay $20 for a cheer-leading clinic I am assuming that my daughter will have fun, get a shirt, maybe learn a cheer. I also assumed she would have appropriate music. I guess my assumptions were to much.
After the show, I found the adult in charge and told her that I did not appreciate the song choice. She did apologize and say that it wasn’t the original song they had planed to use, but the first song was to fast and they picked this one. I told her that my daughter would not be attending the performance if that was the song they would be dancing to. She assured me that it was not. I was still infuriated though.
I hope that other moms also made it known they were not happy, but I seem to becoming comfortable in being the mom who speaks up.
Elle had fun. She knows I didn’t like the song choice, but she knows its not her fault and she didn’t nothing wrong.