An all-male a cappella group at Princeton University says it's going to temporarily scrap a song from the 1989 Disney animated classic movie "The Little Mermaid" in what may have become the latest casualty of changing social standards in the #MeToo era.
Wollstein went on to express her discomfort in witnessing the group's performance, explaining that during the song's rendition, the Tigertones call one male and one female audience member up on stage to join them.
"The premise of the song", wrote the concerned student, Noa Wollstein, "is that the male Prince Eric, on a date with the lovely female Ariel, should kiss her without asking for a single word to affirm her consent".
Wollstein, in a scathing op-ed for the Daily Princetonian, called on to Princeton all-male a cappella group Tigertones last November 26, to stop singing the song from their lineup. "I have heard of unwilling girls being subjected to their first kisses".
"The song launches a heteronormative attack on women's right to oppose the romantic and sexual liberties taken by men", adding that the performance overwhelms the audience with "themes of toxic masculinity", which can "catalyze violent tendencies toward, and assault against, women".
Last week, the president of the "Tigertones" announced in a letter published to the Daily Princetonian that the group would remove the song from their set list in response to complaints that it violates consent.
Brown, a senior at Princeton, wrote the group has taken steps to try to make audience participation voluntary and consensual, but did not provide specific examples.
"Performances of this song have made participants uncomfortable and offended audience members, an outcome which is antithetical to our group's mission and one that we deeply regret", he wrote.
She highlighted some tricky lines from the lyrics, such as, "It's possible she wants you too/There's one way to ask her/It don't take a word, not a single word/Go on and kiss the girl, kiss the girl".
"My oh my/ Look like the boy too shy/ Ain't gonna kiss the girl", the crab sings with help from other sea creatures.