Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals have spoken, and their desire has been heard loud and clear: Tune down Katy Perry at their favorite team’s games.
It actually sounds like a pretty basic request. After all, there are a zillion more hard-rock songs the franchise’s game day entertainment staff could have chosen from. However, Perry’s new single, “Roar,” has some tiger-related themes to it (“I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar”), so the staff went with it.
It was a bad call, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“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.”
Bengals fans have a very good reason to be upset. Not only was it Katy Perry (seriously, Katy Perry), but rival Steelers fans were making fun of it in the stadium during the game.
“I mean, I know what they are going for but it’s not going to work. How can you think you can do something like that without any backlash?” 23-year Cincinnati resident Mitchell Morgan said. “There were Steelers fans next to me laughing.”
In a day and age when instant Twitter updates can make a poor PR move look like it was devised by Satan himself, the decision to put Perry’s song on instead of a more traditional rock hit blew up extremely quickly.
“The lyrics are sort of on the mark and we thought it was a good song,” Berding said. “The social media was obviously very negative.”
Jason Patrick, a 34-year-old, said it was “the running joke of the night.”
“You expect to hear certain things at a football game: ‘Crazy Train’ and basically ‘Jock Jams volume one,'” he said, referring to the compilation of stadium staples released in the 1990s. “So we hear this and we’re saying, ‘Uh, is this our new theme song?'”
The way 31-year-old fan Andrew Watson sees it, at least it’s not Nickelback or something.
“The good news is … we beat the Steelers, it was a great night,” Watson said. “Other than the song.”
We can only wonder what tough-guy defender James Harrison thought about all the Katy Perry blaring through the speakers that night.