If you haven’t heard about the Stanford marching band’s somewhat offensive halftime show at the Rose Bowl last weekend, you must have been living under a rock during the bowl season. The halftime show angered many Iowa fans as it appeared the band was playing the theme song for FarmersOnly.com.
The halftime show has been the topic of many talks the last week and the Rose Bowl has finally released a statement on the show. They were obviously not happy with the uproar from many Iowa fans and they addressed that.
“Given the fine reputations of the schools in these conferences, we have not felt the need to review in any significant detail the planned performances of their representatives,” the Tournament of Roses said in a statement, adding that it regretted if any spectators were offended.
“The halftime performance was not in line with the values of the Rose Bowl Game and we will be reviewing our policies and procedures with regard to future band performances.
The Cardinal band came back with a statement that seemed to offer a pretty humorous reaction to the Rose Bowl’s comments.
“The Band’s halftime show has provoked a variety of reactions. The performance was intended to be irreverent fun, given Iowa’s connection to farming and Stanford’s historical nickname ‘The Farm,'” the statement read. “The script posted on the Band’s Facebook page provides fuller context. We understand that some viewers took offense at the performance, which we regret and which will be the subject of further discussion with the Band’s leadership.”
It seems like Stanford isn’t too worried about angering anyone, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see these halftime shows continue in the future.
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