Mental Illness Stigma is Not Art or Entertainment

This show really bothers me. Please watch and listen to this, especially the last two songs and tell me if it bothers you. Maybe it is just me. Maybe I am just very sensitive about these things… about mental illness stigma. Am I too sensitive?

This is a High School Show Choir where I live. I talked to the Principal and the Show Choir Director and they said they would change this and they did not.

I am bothered that stigmatizing mental illness words are being used (sung) today in music, art and entertainment. We do not sing songs about being gay and call it art or entertainment. We do not sing songs about having cancer and call it art or entertainment. We do not sing songs about AIDS and call it art or entertainment. I do not understand why this is still acceptable.

Someone please help me understand how this is art or entertaining. Does it bother anyone else or is it just me? Why is it still being sung about? They sing about electric shock and going cuckoo in the last song. I can’t believe it.

I feel like I want to make educational pamphlets on mental illness, suicide, electroconvulsive therapy and mental illness stigma and pass them out at the show that they will be at. They will perform at the same shows as my daughter and I feel like I need to educate the public. If they are going to sing about it, then I am going to educate.

Please tell me the truth. I need to know if I am making too much about this. I talked to the Principal and the Director about this after I first saw this show and they said they would remove the word cuckoo and other words, but they didn’t. They only thing they changed is they do not move their index finger around their ear to symbolize going “cuckoo” anymore. Otherwise, nothing is changed.

Please tell me what you think. Please help me with this. I feel this is  not acceptable to sing  using stigmatizing words about mental illness, but I need to get other people’s opinions.

I want to know if it is just me…

or is this mental illness stigma at its finest…

I mean it’s worst.

Please let me know what you think,

and I want complete honesty. You do not have to agree with me. I truly am trying to get honest truthful feedback.

I need it before I act more on this. Please give me any ideas you have for me.

Maybe I am over-reacting.

Maybe all I will do is walk out before their performance, because for some reason it truly bothers me. They perform at the same shows as my daughter.

Stigma does hurt…

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Thank you in advance for your help.

Love and hugs, Sue

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Thank you very much.

Have a very happy, healthy and fabulous day.

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