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Ask Marilyn: This Week's 'Strictly Personal' Question
Philip Kammann of Belleville, Illinois, writes:
Marilyn: My daughters, ages three and five, dance with a dance studio. At the recent recital for all the girls, ages 2-18, one of the numbers was a routine to the song "John Wayne Gacy" about the famous homosexual serial killer (performed by the older girls). At one point, the song refers to how he gagged his victims, and the girls spin around, gagged. I was very offended by the number and thought it was inappropriate. What do you think?
I'm appalled. If it were me, I would have interrupted the performance, announced that the studio was glamorizing depravity, and removed my daughters from the room, never to go back to that dance studio again. Also, I would have suggested that other parents do likewise. (And yes, I would have done the same for a performance that involved Lizzie Borden or Bonnie and Clyde.)