Blackhawks to stop playing ‘The Stripper’ after complaints

Thursday August 14th, 2014

The Chicago Blackhawks will no longer play "The Stripper" during their “Shoot the Puck” promotions after complaints about the song being sexist and insensitive. 

Organist Frank Pellico played the song while women participated in the event during the second intermission of home games. 

An online movement to ban the instrumental song, with a #BanTheStripper hashtag and petition, picked up steam after Chicago resident Marissa Miller began collecting online signatures asking the team to treat their female fans better. 

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"We have to listen," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We have to be aware. We have to react when appropriate -- not overreact, but react. We take all of this very seriously. I think you’ve heard the last of Frank Pellico playing ‘The Stripper.'

McDonough did not say if the "Shoot the Puck" process would be changed and admitted that he rarely watched the event.

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