It’s not you, Katy Perry, really. It’s just, uh, your music.
Or so say Cincinnati Bengals fans who didn’t like that the team played her monster hit, “Roar,” at Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team played the song pregame as the players entered the field, and during and after the game at Paul Brown Stadium.
Fans quickly spilled their displeasure all over Twitter.
“That’s not football music.”
“You are ruining football.”
“How hard is it to play some Iron Maiden and be done with it?”
Team officials said on Friday that the song will no longer be played prominently during games, promising that Katy Perry will not be the last song fans hear before their Bengals take the field.
The team’s director of sales and public affairs told the Cincinnati Enquirer that he understood why the fans want music with a harder edge.
"Pregame is where the most angst came from," Jeff Berding said. "Fans have an expectation of certain music they want to get fired up to before the game. We’re always trying new things. We have a diverse fan base and are trying to find a mix that entertains them."
The team even lets fans tweet suggestions for the game-time playlist, which the Bengals have been trying to dig out of a musical rut for the last three seasons.
The Wall Street Journal, which called the move “a win for tradition,” also noted most arenas and stadiums play the same songs for years because fans have come to expect hard rock and the like.
But Katy shouldn’t feel too bad. A Detroit Tigers spokesman told the Journal that their team will keep playing “Roar” at home games.
Besides, those Bengals fans seem a picky bunch anyway.
They reportedly don’t like country music with their football, either.