Wisconsin dance coach fired following performance of "Blurred Lines" [VIDEO]

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Lisa Joling (right) lost her job following her rendition of Thicke's "Blurred Lines." (At left, a still from Thicke's music video.)
Lisa Joling, the dance coach at Marshfield High School in central Wisconsin, lost her job after her team danced to an edited version of Robin Thicke's controversial smash hit, "Blurred Lines," during a football game in late August.

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According to a Marshfield News Herald report, administrators won't confirm that particular performance was the reason for Joling's dismissal. A statement from the district's superintendent is vague: "Action was taken to remove Ms. Joling from the assignment as high school dance coach based on appropriate reasons and following district protocols. Personnel matters are confidential, so further information will not be forthcoming from the district."

But the mother of the dance team's captain was more specific. She told the News Herald, "The district is saying it was so hideously bad that [Joling] is a danger to students. That's what is upsetting to us. Not a single parent that I talked to was upset with them using that song."

You can see raw footage of the performance toward the end of this video report:



Joling told the News Herald she believes she was fired because a handful of parents contacted the superintendent and complained that the song's sexual, misogynistic message -- "Had a bitch, but she ain't bad as you/ So, hit me up when you pass through/ I'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in two" -- isn't appropriate for a school performance. (Joling, however, used an edited version of the song.)

"How many people were upset? I don't know because [the district] won't tell me. I think if three to five people called, they should have backed me up," Joling said, pointing out that she received a sterling performance review in April. "I think if it was 250 people, then yeah, they had to fire me."

Since Joling was ousted, two of the dance team's seven members have quit, the News Herald reports. One of the members is serving as the de facto coach.

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Samantha Axt
Samantha Axt

I've been a coach and I am still a dance team judge and WE DO NOT JUDGE MUSIC! Sometimes it's in poor taste and we hope a school will correct embarrassments before they happen, but getting fired. . . no . . . I don't think the coach needed that.

Rhonda Eohnson
Rhonda Eohnson

So should we fire all the school bus drivers that play KDWB on their routes? Many WI. schools have kids K-12 on the same bus...and it is the station of choice!

Jessica Dyba-Barrera
Jessica Dyba-Barrera

Yet recently I was at a HS football game and their dance group the girls were twerking and shaking their butts but hey thats ok.

jjjilly
jjjilly

What a bunch of HYSTERICAL people!! The song is not about rape (sex, yes) and the instrumentals (not the lyrics) are what the dance coach was interested in because this is a good dance song...period! And if anyone thinks these high school kids are not hearing this song and others with sex filled lyrics, you need to take the blinders off!!

David Bliss
David Bliss

Straight man is an expert on consent - shocker! Full story at 11:00.

True Allison
True Allison

Even the clean version sends the wrong msg to high school girls and boys. Really not appropriate to school. That being said it is on my ipod.

Greg Hernandez
Greg Hernandez

Let's just fire people for making us listen to bad music, regardless of its "controversial message".

lizzied07
lizzied07

The whole meaning of this song is about RAPE. Doesn't matter if it's edited, the meaning is still the same. In terms of it being a popular song among teenagers, that's extremely unfortunate and sickening to me. It just goes to show how much our society has becoming so accepting of the rape culture. It disappoints me every time I hear this song on the radio or see a girl enjoying it. I just think people don't take the chance to learn about what message they are promoting.

I believe this to be true for any song containing the same messages as "Blurred Lines"
Not appropriate for a school-sponsored dance team
And honestly, not even acceptable at all

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

Men saying "you know you want it" to a woman who's not sure yet or is playing hard to get is hardly rape (nor with women saying something along the same lines to a man). As is the situation of men and women getting inebriated together on booze or anything else. I cry foul on the claims of this song being "rapey" or whatever the word is. Plenty of songs by men and women talk about these subjects. Trying to convince a girl - good or otherwise - to sleep with you - is not rape. This line of thinking is where the idea of "some girls rape so easy" or whatever, come from.

Reid Diebel
Reid Diebel

Haha.. ahh that is LAME. Fired over an edited song that a lot of teenagers like in middle/high school. I don't see anything wrong with this song being chosen. The instructor (I'm sure) wanted to relate with the students. These dances are an art form to appeal non sexually for fun to a edited song with a good beat. None of their moves were erotic.... whats the problem?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

The shock they will learn when they find out Rihanna wasn't singing about umbrellas. 

Sharon L Keefe Borseth
Sharon L Keefe Borseth

Really? Are you serious? I see a lawsuit pending...If it hasen't been started.. it should be now.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

"You know you want it" is commonly the words or excuse used by rapists to justify their behavior, even if a woman said no. Particularly if a woman was drunk or impaired (Talk about getting blasted, I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it). The song also implies that he is altering her state of mind via substances. (Baby, can you breathe, I got this from Jamaica, It always works for me). Of course all music is up for interpretation, that's what makes music what it is, so everyone can interpret what they wish - but I think there's some pretty non-vailed references to, at the very least, trying to convince a 'good girl' to sleep with said guy in this song. That doesn't mean that I think this song should get censored or anything, I'm pretty hard line on non-censorship as a rule. Interpretations like this should be discussed, particularly with kids (maybe not young kids, but high schoolers definetly). Do I think the song choice was a good one personally? Probably not. It's a catchy song though, and a huge hit this Summer. Instead of firing the teacher over it - the school should do what they are paid to do, TEACH. Use this as a teaching experience - discuss the song and it's meanings. High schoolers are the appropriate age to approach with topics like date rape and consent in this day and age, IMO. Talking about it creates a great dialog.

Lindsay Ferris Martin
Lindsay Ferris Martin

If it's edited then it was fine. Most songs have some sort of under-tone. If it's played on a top 40 station like KDWB then I see it being just fine for this.

Kris Kuhn
Kris Kuhn

Was it a poor choice of songs? Absolutely!! But I don't think she should have been fired. Reprimanded, yes but I saw the performance and there was nothing wrong with the dance itself and it sounds like the dance team will disband and to me that is really sad.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

What does this have to do with the Twin Cities? #TweetsAreYours

kathimaloneyk
kathimaloneyk

I love this song and never knew the lyrics were as such. The music is tops. so why not edit the words? I don't get it. 


Meg Nathan
Meg Nathan

The song is in poor taste and totally inappropriate for a school function - edited or not! There is so much amazing music out there - why choose this? It seems like a coach trying to be more like a "friend" than an instructor - Teachers and coaches are supposed to help guide students to make appropriate choices, not show them how to make wrong ones and then make excuses why it was okay.

Edward Bertsch
Edward Bertsch

I just read the lyrics to Blurred Lines. I'm not following where people connect this song with "date rape" how is that connection suppose to work?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Melissa Niederkorn the artist says its about marriage and monogomy


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