Social justice activists across the country have been demanding that any remnants of the Confederacy be wiped away from our present society, but it’s not just statues and flags that these thugs are targeting, as they recently also demanded that a teenage gymnast change her routine because it featured five seconds of musical notes they deemed inappropriate.
When national championship competitor Ragan Smith, 17, rehearsed her floor routine on Aug. 16, video footageof the practice was uploaded to social media, where liberals came out of the woodwork to condemn the beginning of the gymnast’s music choice — the “Dixie” horn.
By the time she actually competed with the routine on Aug. 18, however, Smith’s music had been changed, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, to take out the controversial horn.
The horn was a featured part of the song “Dixie’s Land,” which was played during the 1861 inauguration of Jefferson Davis as the president of the Confederate States of America — a fact that keyboard activists called “problematic” and “racist.”
Check out Smith’s routine here, and try to imagine how anyone could remember the first five seconds after the brilliance that follows.
One Twitter user and apparent gymnastics fan pointed out the tune’s origins to Smith’s coach, Kim Zmeskal, telling her: “Love Ragan’s new FX! Only problem—it has a few bars of “Dixie” a song with problematic, racist roots. Making sure u know.”
Hey @KimZmeskal, love Ragan’s new FX! Only problem – it has a few bars of “Dixie” a song with problematic, racist roots. Making sure u know🙂
The controversial Dixie horn was also a major part of “The Dukes of Hazzard” — a television show that aired from 1979 to 1985 and eventually became a movie. The show featured a 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed “General Lee” with a Confederate flag painted across the roof. The show was based and filmed in Georgia, Smith’s home state.
Of course, those who would find fault with Smith’s music likely didn’t complain when an artist suspended a plastic crucifix in a jar of his own urine, calling it “Piss Christ” as an intentional jab at Christian believers. They were also likely silent — or even approving — when a Black Lives Matter group chanted “Pigs in a blanket; fry ‘em like bacon” in an anti-cop demonstration.
Those things aren’t offensive.
But, a 17-year-old athlete using 12 notes of a song with ties to her home state apparently crosses the line.
Fortunately, despite being forced to make a last-minute change to her routine by Twitter snowflakes, Smith went on to win the all-around national championship.