Justin Bieber’s teen love ballad “Baby” has been declared inappropriate to play at a kindergarten graduation ceremony in New York City. The announcement was made by none other than Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The song was one of two that were proposed for the kiddie graduating class at PS 90 in Brooklyn. But Bloomberg nixed the idea amid a major controversy over song selection for the event.
Principal Greta Hawkins caused an uproar over the weekend after The New York Post reported that she had approved Bieber’s teen love song, but canceled a performance of “God Bless the USA.” She claimed the latter could offend some cultures and religions.
After Bloomberg and New York Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott got into the act, the principal also concluded that Bieber’s “Baby” was also inappropriate for six-year-olds. Top officials insisted she was not pressured.
“The principal has decided she’s not going to sing that song. It’s the principal’s decision, and we support the principals,” Bloomberg said during a news conference.
The Baby lyrics are about teen love:
Oh, for you I would have done whatever
And I just can’t believe we ain’t together
And I wanna play it cool, but I’m losin’ you
I’ll buy you anything, I’ll buy you any ring
And I’m in pieces, baby fix me
But “God Bless the USA” was not put back in the program. Political and community leaders are reportedly lobbying to have the song put back in the program.
The NYPD’s hate-crimes task force is also investigating three anonymous letters to Hawkins that contained “anti-black” content, sources said.