School officials in Hudson, Wisconsin, issued an apology after parents responded angrily to a video showing celebrities pledging to serve Barack Obama in a manner one parent said was reminiscent of Nazi Germany, The Blaze reported Sunday.
“The ‘I Pledge’ video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff,” Middle School Principal Dan Koch said in a statement.
According to The Blaze, the video was produced by Oprah Winfrey’s production company after Obama took office in 2009 and features celebrities pledging support for the president.
“I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis said while kissing his biceps.
“I pledge to be a servant to our president,” added actress Demi Moore.
The school unearthed the video and decided to use it for their “Peace One Day” event last week, angering parents who were in attendance. The event was started by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley in 1999 as “an annual day of global unity, a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known.”
But the 2013 event felt more like a propaganda event fitting for mid-20th century dictatorships.
“It looks a little 1940s Germany,” one person said.
“It doesn’t seem right,” added another person.
The district thought the video could be used to show students how to make a difference in the community, but backtracked after parents made their objections known.
“Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The district is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the district again,” the district said.
“We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world,” Koch added.
A post at BizPac Review said that while students in Hudson were being encouraged to serve Obama, “students in Liberal, Kan., were urged to serve God through student-led prayer.”
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