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Katy Perry’s “Roar” Sparks Sports Controversy


Katy Perry
's "Roar" apparently doesn't have quite enough bite for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

The team has dropped Perry's latest single from its gameday presentation -- both before and during the game and after victories -- after fans complained that it wasn't potent enough, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A Bengals rep told the newspaper that even though "they lyrics are sort of on the mark and we thought it was a good song" the team experienced "very negative" social media response.

"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…Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field," said the team's Jeff Berding.

But other teams, including the NFL's Detroit Lions and baseball's Detroit Tigers, are continuing to use the song. Perry hasn't reacted, but it may be moot; the Bengals beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday (September 22).

"Roar" is the first single from Perry's new album, "Prism," which comes out October 29.

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