If Katy Perry has any future tour dates planned in Cincinnati, she may want to cancel those because everyone in the city hates her.
Acutally Bengals fans don't really hate Katy Perry -- because how could you -- they just really hate one of her songs. Perry's 'Roar' was played several times during the Bengals Monday night win over the Steelers, including during player introductions and to celebrate the Bengals win. That choice of song didn't sit well with most of the 64,585 people in attendance.
To show their distaste for the megahit, Cincinnati fans took to the internet and it looks like it worked. According to Bengals' director of sales and public affairs Jeff Berding, there will be less Perry played in the future.
"I think some fans proved that there's an expectation that when the team takes the field, there should be more of a hard-rock, classic-rock song and I know that's what we're going to do this game," said Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."
The move is a win for tradition, but it also is proof of a national problem. Stadium music nationwide is calcified. Most arenas and stadiums play the same songs they have been playing for years, since testosterone-fueled rock is what people expect.
Some people noticed the Katy Perry problem right away, like Joe Reedy, the Bengals beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer.
They're playing Katy Perry before introducing the #bengals. This isn't going to go well— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 17, 2013
Berding said three years ago the team decided to diversify its songs and was met with a similar but much-less-visible reaction when they started to play more country music. He said that walking around the stadium on Monday, he didn't notice any particular disdain for the song—until he checked the Internet.
The song may still be played while fans are filing into the stadium, Berding said. No decision has been made on if it will continue to be a post-victory song.
The song is also featured in the stadium mixes for other tiger-named teams, with little to no fallout. A Detroit Tigers spokesman said the team "will continue to play it at most if not all Tigers home games this season."
The Bengals host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. A representative for Katy Perry didn't return a message seeking comment.