It was meant to be an exceptional evening. And a proud moment for her after the difficulties that she faced. This had been a chance for her to be in the spotlight.
She was on her way to the middle of the dance floor, and the prom king joined her. The entire room lit up at her smile. That was when the DJ started playing the song. Shock and anger filled the room when they heard the first line.
A Nightmare Come True
Even though we live in a different time, and traditional norms have changed, many girls still dream of being prom queen. Sarah Mendenhall is one of them, but her night did not go as she had hoped.
Choosing a dress, having a fantasy-filled evening with friends, and electing a prom king and queen has never lost its charm throughout the years. In Texas, Sarah Mendenhall had dreamt of a night that she would never forget. Perhaps she would have felt differently if she had known what would happen.
Although we live in an age where many views and stereotypes are being challenged and reformed, we still have a long way to go. We are slowly gaining more inclusivity for marginalized communities.
Because of this, people from all backgrounds can enjoy the same mundane things that others take for granted. Erin Condrin had a story like this.
Erin’s anxiety about her prom had been extremely high compared to other girls. On top of all the teenage stress, Erin is also disabled. She would have to take her support dog, Lacey, with her.
It just goes to show how much society has changed in the last few years, that disabled people are now given the same opportunities as abled people. So many disabled people overcome many difficulties every day. Nothing will stop her and many others like her from enjoying their life.
Finding someone as excited as this 16-year-old girl for her prom would be nearly impossible. She was overjoyed by the custom pink, black and purple dress.
She has had a complicated life because of her particular disability. Both she and are stand out as role models for anyone who feels like they might be struggling.
Sarah’s particular situation meant she would not be able to walk out onto the dance floor, lock arms with her date, or dance in any traditional sense. It would be a challenge for her to figure out how to do these things in her way.
Although she might have experienced a little more stress, she was just as thrilled to be there as all the other girls. Sarah looked amazing, and she would definitely not fade into the crowd that night. She would take the center stage only hours later.
It had been a very magical evening full of glitz and glam. The night had been going splendidly, and she was enjoying it with all her friends.
The night was full of fun, music, and laughter. The anticipation was building up for the moment they all had been waiting for
Everyone had been very excited for the “corronation” of the Prom King and Queen. Many hoped that they would be the lucky nominee, but there could only be one queen.
The crowd went wild at the announcement, Sarah was the winner. It was a very touching as she made her way to the middle of the dancefloor where the Prom King had been waiting for her.
A Terrible Choice
It was very inspirational that a previously disadvantaged person could win the crown. It showed everyone that anything is possible. All Sarah’s peers were cheering for her and she was clearly very happy.
The first dance was about to begin, the people turned towards the DJ waiting for him to start playing an song. They were disgusted once they heard the first line of the song he chose to play.
Seventeen Million Outraged
Sarah’s close friend Celeste Orozco uploaded a video of this afwul momewnt onto the popular app TikTok.
It has gone viral and have over 17 million views after only a week. People were outraged by this DJ’s ableist and unacceptable behaviour.
What People Said
“I’d quit right then and there, man”, “I doubt that was the DJ’s intention. And most likely this song was picked prior to announcing the winner,” someone TikTok users opined.
Others took a humorous approach with comments like, “The DJ was slipped a $20 to play that by the girl who came in second place,” another TikTok user joked. So what was the song he played to cause all this controversy?
Thinking Out Loud
The hit love song Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran is a favorite among many people and is well known as a beautiful and romantic song to dance to. Seems like a good choice so far, right?
However, given that Sarah was in a wheelchair, the opening lyrics were seen as highly insensitive and inappropriate. The reason is that the song’s opening line is, “When your legs don’t work like they used to before.”
Shock And Awe
It has not yet been confirmed if the DJ in question meant for all the controversy to ensue. People’s shock and outrage against him are likely warranted if he did. On the other hand, if he was simply absentminded when he chose the song, this could be described as negligent at best.
However, while many people were angered for Sarah on her behalf, fo, no one seemed to care what she thought of the whole fiasco.
Sarah Mendenhall had shown herself to be a remarkable young girl. When she broke her silence over the controversy of the DJ’s song choice, people were again amazed by her.
After millions of people had become enraged for her, many expected her to feel the same way. After all, the moment had shifted attention away from her big moment. However, her reaction was the opposite.
A Sunny Outlook
When she commented on the video, she confirmed that she found the DJ’s song choice “…really funny and ironic. I didn’t know what was playing until way after cause I was tryna dance.”
Meanwhile, Celeste later confirmed that they “had a great prom night and a good laugh about it the next day.” What are your thoughts on the song? Was the DJ insensitive or just a funny guy?
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.