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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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trickyrick    

Wait a sec .... Penn State plays out of a place called Beaver Stadium? LOL.

694 days ago
32.

trickyrick    

Penn State plays out of a place called Beaver Stadium? LOL ...

694 days ago
33.

susanne    

maybe they should change the name of the stadium..Beaver Stadium?

694 days ago
34.

Different Rules Apply    

Absolutely twisted that anyone would take Neil Diamonds song and make it perverted. It's those sickos who raped those kids and the sickos who turned their backs and did nothing that are the problem. A song is just a song, and this one is SWEET!!

694 days ago
35.

Atlgb    

New Penn State Theme Song: "Can I Touch You There" by Michael Bolton

Baby, show me what you feel
Come to me, show me somethin' real
I need to know, I need you completely
(closer, baby, closer) Come on closer, baby (let's begin)
Love is takin' over, gotta let it in
Ooh and I need to feel the heart of you
I need to reach the very deepest part of you

[Chorus]
Can I touch you there, touch you deep inside
Can I touch your heart, the way you're touchin' mine
Can I touch you there, touch you deep within, oh
Can I touch you there, can I touch you oh...(there)

694 days ago
36.

Tj1977    

So instead they'll play gary glitters rock n roll- who for the record is the biggest kiddie fiddler of all time. About time the tv and radio followed other countries lead and not play music by these perverts - everytime tv plays -royalties pay these sickos to keep doing what they do.

694 days ago
37.

Cindy    

Stupid.

694 days ago
38.

jeannie    

Any word, any action can be twisted into evil if that's the way you want to live. If I lived in Pa and was a fan, I would still cheer my team on. The students did no wrong . The university made many horrible decisions and if I had a vote, I'd send everybody invovled to Siberia. I'm a true blue LSU but since we don't play you. GO PSU.

694 days ago
39.

jeannie    

Reading the posts I see TMZ can really pull in some sickos, possibly perverts too

694 days ago
40.

Faye    

Penn State has lost their mind. THere is not a thing wrong with this song.

694 days ago
41.

Shelley    

Ban it everywhere. Oh, I don't care about the lyrics or what inspired it. It's just a horrendous song. Ew.

694 days ago
42.

sidithers    

Just ban this whole damn pathetic school

Even after a thousand yrs this despicable school will forever be remembered as Pedophile State University

694 days ago
43.

DEBBIE    

SO THE STADIUM NAME BEAVER IS OK,,JUST SAYIN

694 days ago
44.

sidithers    

Any employer who reads that a potential employee has a degree from PSU will think
Oh, the pedophile school

694 days ago
45.

Jenn    

So stupid to ban such an innocent song!

694 days ago
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