A teacher in Vancouver has been suspended without pay after playing a song by The Lonely Island during a lesson on satire.
Cory Ray Steeves played The Lonely Island’s T-Pain collaboration ‘I’m On A Boat’ and Duck Sauce’s ‘Big Bad Wolf’ to his class of 15-16-year-old Grade 10 students.
Steeves warned the class that the two videos featured explicit material, and offered pupils the chance to leave if they thought they would be offended.
However, after watching the videos, a pupil complained, leading the local Teacher Regulation Board to get involved. They ruled that ‘I’m On A Boat’ “consists primarily of profanity” and also ruled against the suitability of ‘Big Bad Wolf’ because of the sexual nature of its video.
The Teacher Regulation Board said of ‘Big Bad Wolf’’s video: “The video depicts several men and women with heads in place of genitalia. This would probably be uncomfortable to watch in a class setting.”
Steeves was suspended for a week without pay, and will have to spend part of that week attending a course entitled Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries.
The Lonely Island released new album ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Popping’ in June, featuring Pink, Seal, Linkin Park, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and a duet between Justin Timberlake and Michael Bolton.
Duck Sauce have yet to release any new music since 2014’s debut album ‘Quack’.