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Penn State

'Sweet Caroline' BANNED

from Football Sing-a-longs

8/27/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Neil Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline" will no longer be played at Penn State football games because the lyrics have been deemed inappropriate ... in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The song ...with the lyrics, "touching me, touching you" ... has been a traditional fan sing-a-long at Penn State football home games, but school officials have decided to cut it from the playlist -- for obvious reasons.



But here's the thing, tons of pro and college teams -- most famously the Boston Red Sox -- use the song ... which Diamond has said was inspired by a photo of a then 11-year old Caroline Kennedy with her pony.

So we gotta ask -- if the song's inappropriate at PSU's Beaver Stadium, is it inappropriate for all sporting events?

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16.

deanne    

Oh My God...that's the Dumbest thing I Ever heard!!

683 days ago
17.

static    

What kind of sick ass mind could read child rape into that song?

683 days ago
18.

Jay W.     

Another tradition tarnished by the sick actions a few bad apples.

683 days ago
19.

LuvLeeRita    

LET'S BAN EVERYTHING BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO HURT SOMEONE SOMEWHERE. Geez, I guess we don't have a brain in our heads to make decisions for ourselves anymore, everything is decided for us as a whole by someone.

683 days ago
20.

StevenTyler324    

This is really the direction this world is going in??? No one cares to fix the economy, gas is $4.40 in some places, and this is what people care about. Let them sing the d**n song. The song has had the same lyrics since '69 when the song was released. Just so stupid what we pay attention to and what we put on the back burner.

683 days ago
21.

Jay W.     

Banning this song is moronic.

683 days ago
22.

Truth    

Ever walk around the campus at PS? The institution is filled with Jock Strap Morons! Education is secondary. The place is a joke. They are getting EXACTLY what they deserve.

683 days ago
23.

Rhubino    

Attention Penn State Officials: Over reacting now does not make up for under reacting (then).

683 days ago
24.

Majestik    

You know, this will last for about two years. They tried this crap in Hockey when Gary Glitter was arrested and charged with being a paedophile. That song of his was a huge anthem to the hockey world and played at almost every arena when a goal was scored. It didn't stay BANNED for very long. Maybe the football crowd should get even. Next PSU game they sing it without Neil on the speakers. I'll bet everyone knows it by heart. What the hell is PSU going to do then, cancel the game for defiance from the crowd?

683 days ago
25.

Greg    

I'd work on renaming Beaver Stadium...

683 days ago
26.

gpzjack    

this country is a crying bunch of PC bitches

683 days ago
27.

Maria    

you're the biggest idiot.

683 days ago
28.

TheTruth    

Are you freakin' serious?

683 days ago
29.

CLINT    

Anyone who thinks the song Sweet Caroline is about child molestation needs to take a look at themselves. ND said years ago that he saw a beautiful picture of the girl and felt touched by the picture and added the lyrics to the song. Anyone who thinks different has some issues in their own lives to look at.

683 days ago
30.

Lisa Davis    

They should be more worried about the name of their stadium...

683 days ago
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