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Penn State

'Sweet Caroline' BANNED

from Football Sing-a-longs

8/27/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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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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46.

latestdiets.net    

they should make Penn State's official song "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd. all the fans can sing together, "Hey! Teacher, leave them kids alone".

723 days ago
47.

duilama    

Hey, just a friendly reminder:

It is only two days from the birth day of the greatest and most entertaining, best sing and dance pop of King of all music performer and pedophile who ever lived. So please remember to stock up on tissue paper so you can cry your eyes out, because MJ lives no more!
Hahaha, Hohoho!
Merry Early Christmas!!!

723 days ago
48.

duilama    

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723 days ago
49.

ctrautman1976    

JEN must be jealous of PSU and the top notch education it's alumni have received. What sorry school did she go to?

723 days ago
50.

PattiJL    

Did you ever think that what Neil meant was that her picture reached out to touch him and touch "you" meaning others. Why do people have to go into the gutter? And it's Bam Bam Bam, not dot, dot, dot Harvey!!!

723 days ago
51.

South Beach    

"Hands, Touching hands, Reaching out, Touching me, Touching you..."

Sorry folks, I'm not one to go off the deep in about song lyrics, but this song has creeped me out FOREVER. He wrote this after meeting an 11 year old girl. Who wouldn't find that creepy? I call it "The Perv Song". No joke. For years.

723 days ago
52.

Throwback kid    

TheY should all just do a huge chant in the stadium WE ARE PEDOFILE U!!!!!

Penn State should add a logo to their helmets this season, a Shower head so people will never forget what happened to those poor young boys in the Penn State football showers

723 days ago
53.

Tracy Lalonde    

Well that's just stupid! In a way it's giving importance to Sandusky and the disgusting things he did.

723 days ago
54.

Roe    

Talk about being anal. I think they should ban the color blue because Sandusky has blue eyes. No blue eyed people allowed on campus.

723 days ago
55.

Stefanie    

Touching you..touching me...
i believe in a thing called love~ LOL

(insert trollface here)

723 days ago
56.

Jordan    

Is anybody wondering the same thing i am Neil Diamond wrote this song about 11 year old Caroline Kennedy and in the lyrics it says touching me touching you. I think that is disturbing in itself.

723 days ago
57.

Symian    

Sheesh! You know, I've head this crap before about parts of the song being creepy... but the "touching me, touching you" part is about touching emotionally, not about touching the bits and pieces. Anyone who thinks differently, well, you probably thought the My Size Barbie was a naughty thing too. ;)

723 days ago
58.

jeannie    

How many you remember a slogan by a telephone company that said something like " reach out and touch someone"? Was that a perverted remark ? No and neither is Sweet Caroline. And if you want to get on the bandwagon and gripe about closing PSU don't forget about the thousands of other places where similar things have happened. Professors didn't do anything wrong and I'm sure most of them are great instructors.

723 days ago
59.

California Brat    

Wow Hmmmmm sweet caroline, maybe if they had stuck to the morals in their "beaver" stadium name they would have never been an issue

723 days ago
60.

dd    

I love this song.....

723 days ago
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