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Kids' Lady Gaga anti-bullying video offends parents' group

Oh, the irony. A group of parents in Burnaby, B.C. have launched a complaint over an anti-bullying video created by students , saying it's offensive.

The video, called Pink Project 2012, features 1,500 elementary and high school students from the Vancouver area, as well as students from one school in New York, dancing to the Lady Gaga song Born This Way. It was created to coincide with Pink Shirt Day, an anti-bullying campaign.

Students in the clip are shown dancing to the song, which features the chorus "I'm beautiful in my way 'cause God makes no mistakes, I'm on the right track baby I was born this way."

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But The Parents' Voice, a civic party formed to oppose the anti-homophobia policy of Burnaby's school district, says the video is offensive on a number of levels. For starters, they say Lady Gaga isn't an appropriate learning resource and that the video "undermines curriculum goals as well as parents' and societal goals," according to Burnaby Now.

The group also says the video won't reduce bullying and doesn't send a message of inclusiveness to overweight or anorexic students, or those who can't dance, Burnaby Now quoted Parents' Voice member Gordon World as saying. Lady Gaga promotes sex and her song may also offend atheists, as it includes messages about God.

The group is calling on the B.C. government to take action against the video, which has been posted to YouTube.

None of the students featured in the video make sexual or other inappropriate moves. The whole purpose of the project is to bring students together and send the message that bullying won't be accepted.

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