CINCINNATI -- After major backlash from fans, the Cincinnati Bengals are parting ways with Katy Perry.
On Monday, the Bengals unveiled Perry's hit “Roar” as its pregame, in-game and postgame song to pump up its crowds at Paul Brown Stadium.
Bengals? Roar? Get it? Well the fans have spoken, and they say no.
Despite almost 80 million views on YouTube and lyrics like, “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire. Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna’ hear me roar,” fans took to Twitter with outrage over the song.
Many called the song wimpy and soft. Yahoo Sports even mocked the Bengals’ choice, writing, “Cross 'Firework' and 'I Kissed a Girl' off the list of possible new intro songs. And please, please, no Bieber either.”
And with that, Bengals officials Friday said the song is getting traded.
"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," Jeff Berding, the Bengals' director of sales and public affairs, told The Wall Street Journal. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."
There is no word which song will replace Perry’s tune.
The Bengals host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
A representative for Perry didn't return a message from The Wall Street Journal seeking comment.
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