Members of the Port Neches-Groves Indians Marching Band, Indianettes, Twirlers and other student groups stand with their parents during Parents' Night ceremonies before the start of Wednesday's game with the Lumberton Raiders at Indian Stadium in Port Neches. (Mike Tobias/The Enterprise)

Disney Issues Statement About ‘Indianettes’ Drill Team Performance, Did Not Reflect Audition Tape

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Disney has issued a statement regarding the controversial performance by the Port Neches-Grove High School marching band at Magic Kingdom earlier this week. The high school’s mascot is the “Indians,” and the marching band’s “Indianettes” drill team was not allowed to wear war bonnets, but did still perform a parody of Native American dance and song, including a “scalp ’em” chant.

Disney Spokesperson Jacquee Whaler stated, “We regret the performance took place as it did not reflect the audition tape that was submitted. We have immediately put measures in place to ensure performances reflect the auditions.”

It seems the offensive drill team portion of the performance was not in the marching band’s audition tape, so Disney did not have an opportunity to ban it.

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You can watch a portion of the drill team’s performance below in the embedded tweet by the co-founder of Not Your Mascots, Tara Houska.

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