An Australian school was under fire last week after erasing the word “gay” from iconic song Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree to stop children tittering.
Garry Martin, head of Melbourne’s Lepage Primary, said he did not mean to insult gay people by replacing the word with “fun” in the chorus, which normally goes: “Laugh, kookaburra, laugh, kookaburra, gay your life must be.”
“I knew if we sing ‘Gay your life must be’ the kids will roll around the floor in fits of laughter,” Martin told commercial radio.
“I just suggested to kids, ‘Nowadays that can mean different things, so let’s just sing fun’,” he added.
Martin admitted he had probably been “hypersensitive,” but said the word was commonly used as a playground insult and he was keen to minimize disruption in the classroom.
In hindsight, he said he should have simply explained the meaning of “gay” as another word for “happy,” and told the children it shouldn’t be used disparagingly.
“I wasn’t trying to insult gay people ... it was just a decision at the time that I thought would minimize a disruptive atmosphere with grades one and two.”
Kookaburra, penned for a 1935 Girl Guides jamboree, has been in the news this year after a judge found its tune was ripped off in Men At Work’s Down Under, a global hit in 1981 and an unofficial Australian anthem.
Men At Work and their record label were ordered to pay five percent of profits from Down Under to Larrikin Music, which had bought the rights to Kookaburra.
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