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Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011

http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/2011/05/12/local_news/doc4dc8c8e0a76f2219524721.txt


When members of Wasilla High School’s symphonic jazz choir heard Friday it wouldn’t be singing the popular Queen hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” at this year’s graduation ceremony after working on it all year, the students couldn’t get their heads around it.

WHS Principal Dwight Probasco reportedly had received complaints from at least one parent that the 1975 hit written by Freddie Mercury wasn’t appropriate for the ceremony simply because Mercury was gay.


“The whole thing was just ridiculous,” senior Rachel Clark said Monday. “They’d played the song on the school intercom and we played it at prom. It’s a great song and the choir was really excited to be singing it. And the senior class felt like it defined them.” Choir member Casey Hight, a junior, was angry enough to contact a gay and lesbian support organization in Anchorage for help. They told her to contact an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union.

“I felt like the school was discriminating for sexual orientation and I felt it was wrong,” Hight said Monday. “It’s so stupid because there’s nothing sexual in the song. There aren’t even any cuss words.”

Although Probasco wouldn’t comment on the issue Monday, Senior Class Advisor Deb Haynes said Probasco has now agreed to allow the choir to sing an edited version of Bohemian Rhapsody that doesn’t include lyrics in one section about killing a man.

“The kids had put a lot of time into the song, but at graduation we really try to accommodate anything that might be a sensitive issue for anybody,” Haynes said, adding she didn’t understand why the song would have been a problem in the first place. “I’ve heard it a hundred times and it’s never bothered me.”

Hight said she believes Probasco decided to put the song back on the graduation program because he didn’t want any problems with the ACLU.

Clark said it didn’t make sense for the school district to tout tolerance for all and then turn around and allow homophobia to dictate something such as graduation music.

“We were joking about singing Elton John’s ‘Candle in the Wind,’ instead,” Clark said. “I guess no matter what you do, someone’s feathers are going to get ruffled.”

Clark said she’s glad the choir will be able to sing the song after all, because several of the singers have solos.

“The whole attitude of the song just seems to fit our class,” she said.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

I guess they can't play songs by Elton John, Ricky Martin, Chely Wright, George Michael, Boy George, REM (Michael Stipe), Erasure (Andy Bell), Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant), or Mika at Wasilla's proms, either.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Fri May 13 11:01:09 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

Don't forget Johnnie Mathis

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri May 13 11:02:30 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

High school bands should just stick to standards like Cole Porter, Copeland, Tchaikovsky...

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 11:05:15 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri May 13 11:02:30 2011.

Why?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:08:40 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

I guess Alaska is still living in the Dark Ages.....I wonder if Sarah knows this....lol

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:10:15 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri May 13 11:02:30 2011.

....and who decides what the standards are? religious groups? are they the deciding factor for a public high school?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Scrabbleship on Fri May 13 11:40:46 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

Someone needs to find that parent and lobotomize them. They are not of use to progressive 21st Century society and should be treated as such.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SUBWAYSURF on Fri May 13 11:58:01 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Scrabbleship on Fri May 13 11:40:46 2011.

Maybe they should move south to Canada

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Easy on Fri May 13 12:08:52 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

That's actually a pretty weak list. Would anyone even notice if those artists weren't played?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Spider-Pig on Fri May 13 12:57:18 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 11:05:15 2011.

LOL

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 13:01:15 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:10:15 2011.

I see you don't get it either.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by johnl on Fri May 13 13:01:43 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 11:05:15 2011.

Nathan: I’m surprised you missed this one! LOL!

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by FYBklyn1959 on Fri May 13 13:11:57 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

It's actually a good thing that they won't sing that song...not due to the homophobia, but because that song sucks ass.

**puts on flame-retardant suit LOL


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Posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 13:14:09 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 13:01:15 2011.

"I see you don't get it either. "


And you never will.....


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Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:21:34 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

This has absolutely nothing to do with Palin.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 13:27:31 2011, in response to Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:21:34 2011.

She was mayor of this town; the people who demanded that the song be censored are the same people that elected her.

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Re: Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:30:12 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 13:27:31 2011.

You don't know that. You don't even know if this is a large percentage of the town that wanted the song banned. Given that it's been used repeatedly in the past, including every year Palin was mayor, your assertion is laughable.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by johnl on Fri May 13 13:35:59 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:10:15 2011.

Oh dear. All the composers mentioned in the post were gay.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:37:10 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:10:15 2011.

Parents do. Since parents didn't object until now, I suspect this was a cowardly principal caving to a few loudmouths.

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Re: Wasilla High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 13:41:32 2011, in response to Re:, posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 13:14:09 2011.

Darn, you are really lost today. You don't understand the significance of mentioning Aaron Copland, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Cole Porter?!? One other poster said it explicitly.

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Re: Wasilla High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 13:45:04 2011, in response to Re: Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:30:12 2011.

He doesn't know too much. He's an überlib whose brain has been rotted by reading too much of the anarchistic antiwar.com.

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Re: Wasilla High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 15:24:05 2011, in response to Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:21:34 2011.

Aw, it must. Don't you know that she's mayor for life of that town?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri May 13 16:11:13 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:37:10 2011.

Since parents didn't object until now, I suspect this was a cowardly principal caving to a few loudmouths.

And, if you read the article instead of just Dand's subject line, he quickly caved back and reversed his decision.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Mitch45 on Fri May 13 16:50:31 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

Too bad. That is one of the greatest rock songs ever.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 17:05:59 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by RIPTA42HopeTunnel on Fri May 13 16:11:13 2011.

I did read the article, how the hell did you think I voiced my objection to tying this to Palin?

The phrase I quoted was limited only to the initial decision to ban the song. If you weren't acting like such a partisan asshole, you'd realize that.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SMAZ on Fri May 13 17:59:22 2011, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

This would even make the Taliban laugh.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SMAZ on Fri May 13 18:01:20 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

or do re-enactments of Sen. Larry Craig speeches.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Fri May 13 18:08:52 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by SMAZ on Fri May 13 18:01:20 2011.

Nah ... it wasn't for the speech, it was for the dancing with the star afterward! :)



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Re: Nazi PALIN High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by RockParkMan on Fri May 13 18:14:31 2011, in response to Wasillia High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Chris R16/R2730 on Fri May 13 13:21:34 2011.

Why are tha AmeriKan people too dumb to put you assholes away where you can't harm yourselves?

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Re: Nazi PALIN High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Fri May 13 18:25:35 2011, in response to Re: Nazi PALIN High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by RockParkMan on Fri May 13 18:14:31 2011.

They did ... it's called ALASKA. :)

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Re: Wasilla High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri May 13 18:38:22 2011, in response to Re: Nazi PALIN High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by RockParkMan on Fri May 13 18:14:31 2011.

You say "Nazi" way too much. What's your Stormfront SN?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sat May 14 07:10:18 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by SMAZ on Fri May 13 17:59:22 2011.

Yes, correct, as they don't even allow any music.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sat May 14 07:10:46 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 11:05:15 2011.

You aren't serious are you?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sat May 14 07:11:23 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by streetcarman1 on Fri May 13 11:10:15 2011.

Another uberliberal with his head so far in the clouds, he also didn't get the sarcasm, nor joke.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sat May 14 07:11:59 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by johnl on Fri May 13 13:35:59 2011.

You had to let him off the hook?

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Re: Wasilla High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Sat May 14 08:53:58 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 11:05:15 2011.

Why what?

And why didn't you notice the composers' names and the significance, and the absence of names such as Sousa (most associated with marching bands) . . . ?

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by TonyG on Sat May 14 10:19:05 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by SUBWAYSURF on Fri May 13 11:01:09 2011.

Or my favorite band, the B-52s. :)

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat May 14 10:48:39 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by GP38/R42 Chris on Sat May 14 07:10:46 2011.

I wanted to see if anyone here got the reason he posted the names of those composers. Fred G. did.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Olog-hai on Sat May 14 11:49:06 2011, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

How dare you forget about Judas Priest.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by dand124 on Thu May 24 21:07:31 2012, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

wow it's been over a year since this happened.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by chicagomotorman on Fri May 25 09:04:38 2012, in response to Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by Dand124 on Fri May 13 10:46:09 2011.

The song shouldn't have been banned because the lead singer was gay. It should be banned because the song sucks.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by FYBklyn1959 on Fri May 25 09:43:32 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by chicagomotorman on Fri May 25 09:04:38 2012.

Repost :)



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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Fred G on Fri May 25 13:40:48 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by chicagomotorman on Fri May 25 09:04:38 2012.

Mark your calendar; IAWTP :)

Your pal,
Fred

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Fred G on Fri May 25 13:48:48 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by chicagomotorman on Fri May 25 09:04:38 2012.

Mark your calendar; IAWTP :)

Your pal,
Fred

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Rockparkman on Fri May 25 16:53:31 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by chicagomotorman on Fri May 25 09:04:38 2012.

+1,000,000,000,000,000

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Easy on Sat May 26 21:39:34 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

What a crap list. Which side are you on? ;)

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Easy on Sat May 26 21:40:50 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat May 14 10:48:39 2011.

lol. Why not just admit that you didn't know? You don't have to be the expert on all things gay.

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat May 26 21:55:59 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by JayZeeBMT on Fri May 13 10:53:51 2011.

Well ... as long as we're in necropost land, Wasilla is kinda after all more of a Ted Nugent kinda place. But he can't dance. :)

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Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay

Posted by Easy on Sat May 26 22:01:19 2012, in response to Re: Palinvillie High School Bans Bohemian Rhapsody Because Freddie Mercury Was Gay, posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat May 26 21:55:59 2012.

I'd guess that it's more country than rock. Especially not old rock as it's a young city. And the post was only a couple of weeks old. Not really a necropost.

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