WAUNAKEE, Wis. (AP) — Mental health care advocates say a high school dance routine called “We Get Crazy” is disturbing and insensitive.

Waunakee High School’s varsity dance team had costumes that resembled straitjackets with the words “Psych Ward.” The dancers messed their hair, put on black eye makeup and snarled through their routine. It was too much for advocates for the mentally ill. Wisconsin Family Ties executive director Hugh Davis says the routine evokes painful memories for some.

The team’s coach, Erin Cotter, says she’s taken back by the reaction to the hip-hop routine. Cotter says the intent was to get fans energized; it wasn’t about mental illness.

The Capital Times says the team altered their costumes before a weekend state meet in La Crosse.

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Comments (21)
  1. Kevin says:

    Ummm…if you allow two children lesbians to take over a high school prom…no outrage…but if you call a dance “crazy” there is outrage??? Its the end of the world as we know it….

    1. A_Conservative says:

      Yes it is.

      1. Erika says:

        One harms people and is about stigma.
        The other is harmless and is about love.

      2. edadvocates says:

        Erika, I understand your meaning, and if you are the Erika I think you are, I applaud you! Some people are more concerned with social mores and keeping up appearances than they are with actually understanding the views of others.

        Again, thanks for helping to end the stigma surrounding mental illness that has been responsible for the marginalization and unfortunate pain of those who suffer.

  2. WTHeck says:

    In other news…zombies everywhere were outraged and horrified at Mrs. Haven’s 4th grade class routine of Michael Jackson thriller. The children dressed up as zombies and pretend to be amongst the living dead. The NALD (National Association of Living Dead) has condemmed the routine as vulgar, unsenstive and inappropriate. The teacher, Mrs. Haven, could not be immediatly reached for comment.

    1. ktsnowman says:

      I loved this comment. It made my day. A hour after reading it I’m still laughing about it……….. THANKS!!!

    2. joelsax47 says:

      What part of “this is rude” don’t you understand? Oh, I see. You’re stuck at “this”

  3. Marie Popa Nolan says:

    I agree it’s insensitive with straitjackets and words like psych ward. Bet the teacher or students would not have done this if they ever had any mental illness or disability.
    This has crossed the line with the same as human disabilities. I think the students and the teacher should have a public apology.

    1. ktsnowman says:

      GEEZ>>>>> lighten up. I happen to have a nephew who is extremely disabled. And I am as well. I find no offense in what they did. I’m sure they didn’t go out and try to offend anyone. If you can’t just have a good time and see it just for that you must have one heck of a life. I can barely move, I can’t drive, pick up things over 5lbs, ride a bike, walk to far etc. I get depressed and yet I know that i would have LOVED to have seen this routine. I bet it was AWESOME !! So all of you “do gooders” out there just relax. Half the time you don’t even know what your talking about anyway. Put a smile on your face and be glad there are still high schools out there that have “dance routines’.

  4. Ed says:

    Sounds to me like an over reaction by a few nutjobs with too much time on their hands. I think the students and teachers should be getting an apology.

    1. RightOnEd says:

      Thank You!!! Seriously…grow up to all the people who were offended by this. Its not like they dressed up like your uncle, aunt, brother, cousin, and said they were crazy. It was SATIRE. It wasnt a personal insult!!!! And personally…i always refer to myself as “crazy” rather than stating…”I have a mental illness.” Grow up you lame, buzzkills.

    2. edadvocates says:

      Fortunately, the principal of the high school sees things differently and has teamed up with NAMI Wisconsin to bring awareness of mental illness to the students and community.

  5. Astounded says:

    OMG that is extemely insensitive and degrading. Just because people need mental help, does not mean they need to beconsidered crazy. I think the person who came up with this routine should go seek some mental help themselves. It really isn’t nice to make fun of people who have mental health issues. They cannot help it.

  6. Lisa Wong says:

    Then they’d have to go after Alice Cooper as well…

  7. Laurabelle says:

    Much ado about nothing.

  8. Bud Man says:

    I love crazy people. Really…

  9. JKB says:

    I dont know what has happened to society! A bunch of cry babies take offence at words that mean nothing! All I can do is shake my head, seems we have worse sitting among us than those that arent complaining. Bunch of whimps!

    1. edadvocates says:

      W-i-m-p-s is how one spells “wimps.” Would you also like a part of speech and definition? The contraction of are not requires an apostrophe; thus, “aren’t.”

      Your topic sentence: “I don’t know what has happened to society!” implies that you are about to reveal some earth-shattering revelation, yet the three remaining sentences convey nothing of the sort. Perhaps people who do not know how to write are the true bane of society? I’ll leave you to look up the definition of “bane” on your own…you can do that on the computer these days: simply type “define: bane” in a search engine. Enjoy!

  10. Victim Du Jour says:

    Mental health is junk science and acting just like religion.

    Crazy dance is blaspheme in their Victimhood politically correct mental health bible banging minds.

    1. edadvocates says:

      “Mental health” is not a science…it is a state of being. The science would be psychiatry–a medical science that requires an M.D. Perhaps you were referring to “Psychology” when you said, “junk science”; however, if you know anyone who has experienced a mood disorder, or “mental illness,” they would most likely tell you that they found psychology helpful.

      As for the rest of your comment, it is difficult to parse; particularly because it is a run-on and does not follow standard English conventions.

      I am sure you will be displeased to learn that the principal at Waunakee High School has decided to join with NAMI Wisconsin to bring awareness and understanding of mental health disorders to the students and staff at his school. I say, kudos to Mr. Kersten!

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