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PRINCETON, N.J. - A song from Disney's "The Little Mermaid" is causing big controversy for a Princeton University a cappella group.
According to The New York Times, the Princeton Tigertones said they will temporarily stop performing "Kiss the Girl" after critics questioned the group's practice of bringing a man and woman from the audience onstage and encouraging them to kiss when the song ends.
"Lyrics such as, '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,' unambiguously encourage men to make physical advances on women without obtaining their clear consent," Princeton sophomore Noa Wollstein wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Princetonian last month.
Wollstein continued: "The fervor with which the all-male Tones press the man to kiss the female subject eerily amplifies the song’s assertions of toxic masculinity. The absence of opportunity for the chosen woman to protest at a Tigertones show mimics the song’s acceptance of the woman’s lack of consent to being kissed."
Tigertones President Wesley Brown responded with a letter to the editor in Friday's Princetonian.
"Because of these concerns, we are removing 'Kiss the Girl' from our active repertoire until we can arrive at a way to perform it that is comfortable and enjoyable for every member of our audience," Brown wrote.
The complaints quickly sparked backlash on social media. Here's what some people were saying:
Hello, Eric needs to kiss Ariel in order to free her from being turned into a sea slug thing and growing out of Ursula's floor for the rest of her life. Ariel cannot explain this because she has no voice. Therefore, Eric *should* kiss the girl. That is all.— Faith Moore (@FaithKMoore) December 5, 2018
I mean---this stuff is getting waaaaaaay out of control. Can someone please have the flippin' guts to stand up and say NO, we're not caving in to your utterly ridiculous complaint.https://t.co/BxhbCBFyzM— Mark Reardon (@MarkReardonKMOX) December 4, 2018
Another day to be offended by something else that's totally absurd. Today it's a sophomore at Princeton Univ who is offended & is protesting the song from Disney's movie The Little Mermaid #KissTheGirl - it promotes sexual assault 👌🏼— KP (@kates72) December 4, 2018
Oh the triggered lives of millennials! pic.twitter.com/PB2FnkQvyp