Lorde’s Banned Song


Tuesday October 21st 2014 was the first day of the MLB World Series. How exciting! The teams head to head are the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals. Since the Giants are going against the Royals, they decided that it would be necessary to ban Lorde’s song, “Royals” (Schilken). At first, I thought that the Giants wanted to ban this song because of the name, which I thought was unreasonable because it could have a totally different context. However, turns out Lorde’s song was inspired by former Royals player, George Brett (Schilken). KFOG and KOIT, both radio stations from San Francisco, thought that throughout the World Series, they would take off “Royals” from their song list (Schilken).

In response to the ban of the song, The Point, a Kansas City radio station, decided that on the first day of the World Series, which happened to be in Kansas City, they would play the song Royals once every hour from 7am to 7pm (Schilken). It is evident both Kansas City and San Fransisco are both proud of how far their favorite baseball teams have made it, since they each had to have won their respective league’s championship game. They appear to be willing to defend their fans to the maximum so no team feels inferior to the other. While I don’t think that Royals should have been banned in San Fransisco, it shows that people do take baseball seriously. This makes me happy because I am a baseball fan myself and I am glad that there is more people are appreciating this game.

Works Cited

Schilken, Chuck. “Lorde’s ‘Royals’ banned in S.F.; K.C. Station to play it every hour.” Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2014, http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-radio-bans-royals-20141020-story.html.


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