July 12th, 2010
03:08 PM ET
The YMCA may have decided that the “Y” in the organization’s acronym can fly as a solo act, but the Village People plan on keeping all of the letters in their hit song.
“We are deeply dismayed by today's announcement from the YMCA that they feel a name change and a rebranding are in order after 166 years," the Village People said in a statement. "Some things remain iconic and while we admire the organization for the work they do, we still can’t help but wonder Y.”
The national nonprofit said the name change to just simply "the Y" is a way of being "warmer," essentially referring to themselves in the same way that others do, as the organization’s senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Kate Coleman, told The New York Times.
So while the lyrics to "YMCA" will now be dated in more ways than one, the six member group will keep singing them as they continue to perform year-round (after an impressive 33 years, as their statement noted).
And thank goodness they'll still kick it old-school; can you imagine forming nothing but the letter "Y" at your next sports event?
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