When the Cincinnati Bengals took the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Monday night, they did so to Katy Perry’s new song ‘Roar’.
It’s not exactly the type of song that would get one pumped up to play a football game (or to even watch one), which is why the Bengals no longer plan to use it – at least not during player introductions:
The Bengals—who on Monday unveiled Katy Perry’s megahit “Roar” as a pregame, in-game and postgame song at Paul Brown Stadium—said on Friday that the song will no longer be featured as prominently.
The decision comes after a social-media backlash over the team’s usage of the song—which, as bubblegum pop fare, was an affront to typical football tastes. Fans took to Twitter to complain before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was even over.
“I think some fans proved that there’s an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that’s what we’re going to do this game,” said Jeff Berding, the Bengals’ director of sales and public affairs. “Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field.”
I’m pretty sure if you’re an NFL team and you’re playing any song from Katy Perry , you’re doing it wrong.