Fargo parent calls school’s ‘Y.M.C.A.’ talent show act ‘racist’


FARGO – A Fargo first-grade class won’t be participating in the school’s talent show after a concerned parent called a planned act “racist.”

The students were supposed to be performing the song “Y.M.C.A.” during Bennett Elementary School’s May talent show.

For the show, a first-grade teacher asked parents to have their kids wear clothes like the Village People, the group that recorded the hit song in the 1970s. Some would come dressed as a policeman, a cowboy, a biker dude, a construction worker or a Native American.  

But one mom, Elaine Bolman, said asking her daughter and her classmates to dress up like an Indian is offensive.

“I’m not in a position to do anything for these educators, and hopefully those people that are can make the right choices so all students of any culture and race won’t feel singled out or like their race is being stereotyped against,” Bolman said.

The Bennett Elementary staff pulled plans for “Y.M.C.A.”


7 thoughts on “Fargo parent calls school’s ‘Y.M.C.A.’ talent show act ‘racist’

  1. Seriously, this dumb mom has it all wrong. I wouldn’t let my child participate in this performance either. Yet, my reasons are completely different. If you listen closely to the lyrics of this song, it’s not about going to the YMCA to work out and have fun with your friends, as many think that it is.

    No way, it’s about being a young gay outcast in a society that views being a faggot as wrong, with no place to go. Instead, you can go to the YMCA bath-house and meet some gay friends to be faggots with. Get the drift? This is why I would never let my kid, especially a first grader, participate in another display of trying to make what is completely abnormal and morally wrong, seem right.

    Damn straight!

    1. That message is lost on kids so young.

      Kids are to grow up only knowing only one point of view of everything, the Gov approved official POV – that is the problem.

    2. Thanks for a great comment, Joe. I thought the exact thing when I saw this article. It still amazes me that parents are not outraged by the filth in the music their young people are listening to.

      Many years ago, in the early 70’s, my daughter was reading an assigned book from her middle school. She brought it to me and showed me that the name of the Lord was taken in vain on almost
      every page.

      I went to the school to speak with her English teacher, who immediately told me that I was the only parent who had complained about the book. I explained to this young teacher that I did not care if no one else complained, my daughter and I were offended by the book and she should give her another assignment.

      My daughter was always an “A” student, and very well behaved and respectful. However, after I visited the teacher regarding the Lord’s name being taken in vain, the teacher was constantly picking on my daughter.

      And that was many years ago. Look at what they are teaching them in 1st grade now!! And if a parent does have the gumption to complain, shame on them!!!

  2. I totally agree with you Joe, but I also think she’s misguided for another reason. When the Village People was formed, the liberals then would have complained if it did not include a Native American and a black that they were being racist. Unfortunately I guess no matter what people do now days, it’s considered racist. Especially since the racist president came into power.

  3. I tried to find out how many, if any, American Indians were on the
    Supreme Court. I could find not one site which addressed this
    issue. I already know how many – None. Now that is racist.
    And it is not d/t no American Indians could qualify.

  4. i wouldnt let my kid dress like a black cop. That is offensive.

    Like having a AI/native american/pre-american hand out blankets.

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