When the Cincinnati Bengals chose to play Katy Perry's new single "Roar" as a pre-game, in-game and post-game song at Paul Brown Stadium last Monday, September 16, they thought it was a great idea since it had the words "roar" and "champion" in it, not to mention a tiger in its music video. But apparently fans of the team had a different opinion altogether when they heard the pop song almost throughout the entire game.
After protest from Bengals fans surfaced in social networking sites, with some openly protesting even before the match ended, the Bengals announced on Friday, September 20, that Perry's "Roar" wouldn't be featured as heavily as it was played last Monday. Even a win by the Bengals over the Pittsburgh Steelers that night could not drown out the opposition towards the recent Billboard chart-topping single being the team's new anthem.
"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 for sales and public affairs. "Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."
Berding's statement would mean that for upcoming Bengals games, fans will hear less of "Roar" in the pre-game and in-game, and will be reserved for when the team wins after their matches. Although she was not so well-received by Cincinnati fans, Perry is said to have the adoration of the Detroit Tigers and their followers.