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There are few things that can be sweeter than the movie “The Little Mermaid” and the song “Kiss the Girl.”
But a Princeton all-male a cappella group who sings the song found out that not everyone felt the same way about the song.
The group, the Princeton Tigertones, have decided now that they will no longer sing the song after some audience members and one sophomore complained and said it made them feel “uncomfortable.”
From Daily Wire:
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.
What’s their problem with the song?
According to sophomore Noa Wollstein, it’s 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.[….]
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.
Now, of course, this is nonsense.
Not only is it a Disney cartoon, but there was no question that Ariel wanted, desperately, for Eric to kiss her. That’s why she became human to meet him and have him fall in love with her. And she had a limited time in her contract with Ursula to get him to kiss her.
Wollstein implored the Tigertones to drop the song, not just because of the lyrics, but because the group invited volunteers to kiss on stage. Wollstein claimed the volunteers “are often pressured to join the singers by their friends’ cheers and the unrelenting appeals of a Tone.” She claims to have seen “a queer student” forced to “push away” the male participant and heard that “unwilling girls being subjected to their first kisses.”
Because one can’t guarantee that the audience participants don’t view a simple peck as a debilitating sexual assault, Wollstein wanted the performance canceled.
Here’s the kicker: The Tigertones obliged.
“Our group is always striving to impart joy and positivity through our music, and we take very seriously any indication that we fall short of this goal,” said Wesley Brown, president of the Tigertones, wrote to the Princetonian. “For that reason, we want to make sure that all audience members feel encouraged to reach out to the group and initiate a dialogue if they ever feel that any aspect of our show is upsetting or offensive. Our repertoire, traditions, and group as a whole are constantly evolving, and thus we value this opportunity to ensure a more comfortable performance environment moving forward.”
Here’s the song so you can enjoy it.