Every story, no matter how fantastical it may seem, is somehow grounded in real life.
Footloose (1984) is no different. Footloose is the story of big city teenager who moves to small town where rock music and dancing are banned.
In Hopkinton Massachusetts, High School principal Evan Bishop sent a letter to parents stating that schools dances were cancelled due to the sexualized nature of the student’s dancing.
This story is an old one. Whether is out of fear, a conservative view of the world or just plain concern, sometimes the older generation will try to censor the younger generation.
While I understand why Mr. Bishop did what he did, an all out ban on school dances is not the answer. When something is banned or off limits, it is more tempting because it is kept from us.
A better solution would be to reinstate the dances, but establish ground rules from the start. If any of the students do not comply with the rules, then those individuals will not be allowed to attend.
Why should an entire group of students be punished for either the conservatism of the school officials or the misbehavior of a small group of students?