Here’s a random sampling of tweets of the thousands of negative tweets…
@Bengals Please refrain from playing Katy Perry in PBS. Just because she says "tiger" and "roar" doesn't mean it isn't cheesy.— Sebastian Lightfoot™ (@bisskitsngravy) September 19, 2013
“@joereedy: Three times in 21 minutes they have played Katy Perry's "Roar" --> They've got the EYE of the TIIIIIIIIIGERRRRRRRRR— NOTSCCleveland (@NOTSCCleveland) September 17, 2013
Are they really playing Katy Perry's "Roar" as the Bengals are running onto the field?— Busted Coverage (@bustedcoverage) September 17, 2013
Over the past few years, the Bengals have been working very hard to try and reinvent the game experience for fans, and to the team’s credit, the powers that be have actually listened to fans in the past in terms of not playing country music and when to open the parking lot for tailgating. That fan-friendly tradition will carry over in this instance, as well.
Here’s what the organization told E!…
"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. Katy Perry is not going to be the last song you hear before the team takes the field."
People are going to continue watching and attending football games regardless of what music is played, but for the sake of everyone involved, teams are far better off choosing tracks with a little aggression behind them, as opposed to Perry's new pop anthem.