September 22, 2013


Cincinnati Bengals Fans Revolt Over Katy Perry's "Roar"

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Katy Perry's newest single, "Roar," may be dominating the airwaves—and our collective subconscious—but apparently not everyone's a fan. In particular, the rabid fanbase of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals would rather not have Katy representing their team.

Cincinnati recently unveiled the sweet pop treat as the team's official pregame, in-game and postgame song.

That's when, according to the Wall Street Journal, the team's fans roared pretty ferociously back via social media.

Fortunately, back office staff was quick to respond to the masses of disgruntled Bengals diehards: they have officially kicked Katy Perry off their roster.

"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 the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs, Jeff Berding. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."

We're not really sure how the heckfire higher-ups thought it was a good idea to play a bopping, saccharine pop-confection before, during and after a football game—beyond the obvious tiger reference. 

Has the butt rock back catalogue finally run dry? Is this the definitive sign of the coming apocalypse we have all been looking for?

Whatever the case, we're happy they have rectified the situation because, as much as we love ourselves some "Roar" dance-alone-in-our-apartment sessions, we feel for these guys. As 23-year-old Bengals fan, Mitchell Morgan put it:

"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?

"There were Steelers fans next to me laughing."

We're guessing, come October 22, all the Bengals fans out there will be triple checking to make sure their Spotify sessions are set to private before rocking (or bopping) out to Prism.