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The exploitation of the Sandy Hook Choir

Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School stand at attention as Alicia Keys performs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

– Dori writes…

I took a position on the show Wednesday that has generated a bit of controversy (I know… big shock).

When the Sandy Hook Elementary choir sang America The Beautiful at the Super Bowl pregame, I thought it was moving and touching.

When they sang Over The Rainbow on Good Morning America a couple days ago I thought it was … okay. Some morning show producer wanted to score some ratings.

But with Wednesday’s announcement that the Sandy Hook Choir is going to sing Call Me Maybe at the Grammy Awards pre-show with host Ryan Seacrest – well, that’s about all I can take.

I certainly don’t blame the kids – they’re being traipsed around the country so disingenuous weasel-adults can feign sympathy and compassion. But for this to come from the music industry is about as shameless as it comes.

A portion of an entire genre of music – rap – was built on the glorification of guns and violence. And now the music industry is going to show us how much it cares about the Sandy Hook kids? The exploitation is nauseating.

As one of my Facebook commenters said, if we’re going to take a cue from the music industry, how about a line from Pink Floyd: “hey … leave them kids alone”

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