Friday, July 16, 2010

Village People Upset About YMCA Name Change


On July 12th, the organization known as the Young Men’s Christian Association, or YMCA, announced that it would shorten it’s name to just “Y”. Most people have probably been calling it that for a long time, so the name change shouldn’t have much effect on its patrons. However, one set of people who have a stake in what the organization is called is the long-lived Village People. Their song “YMCA” has sold more than 15 million units and is the group’s best selling single. Due to its never-ending popularity at sporting and other events, it’s the song that keeps the group alive and viable.

The group says they will of course continue to sing the song with all four letters intact. Perhaps they should instead repeat the initial letter for all four notes, but with the last three meaning “why, why, why”, as in, why don’t straight people understand even 30 years later that they are singing about and celebrating having gay and/or male-male bathhouse-like sex at the YMCA? Someone should teach them to do more appropriate positions during the song rather than forming letters. Replace the M, C, & A arm motions with the bend-over, the crouch down, and the leg lift.

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