NFL Team Drops Katy Perry's 'Roar' as Gameday Theme After Backlash
Fans of the the Cincinnati Bengals eviscerated its use of the No. 1 hit, prompting management to say it would play the song less at games.
Katy Perry is roaring no more for the Cincinnati Bengals.
On Monday, the NFL team used Perry's "Roar" as its pregame, in-game and postgame song. Fans roared back via social media, expressing their displeasure, and now Bengals officials says they will cut back on use of the song, the The Wall Street Journal reports.
Team officials indicated the song may still be heard as fans file into Paul Brown Stadium, and there has not been a decision if the song will continue to be used as a post-victory song. Other teams sporting cat names have also used the song, including the Detroit Tigers, apparently without a similar backlash. A rep for the Tigers told The Wall Street Journal it would continue to play the song at home games.
"Roar" is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and features a number of lyrics reminiscent of other sports anthems, including "I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar."
The Bengals play the Green Bay Packers in Cincinnati Sunday.