One Canadian teacher is in rough waters for a satire lesson gone wrong.
Cory Ray Steeves, a substitute teacher in Vancouver, was formally reprimanded for showing The Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat” music video to high school students, reports CTV News. The video, featuring Andy Samberg’s musical comedy group celebrating an expletive-laced nautical adventure with the help of T-Pain, was deemed to consist “primarily of profanity” by teaching officials.
According to the conflict resolution agreement, Steeves was subbing for a 10th grade English class when he showed The Lonely Island’s clip, along with Duck Sauce’s “Big Bad Wolf” music video, which depicts people with human heads as their genitalia. He also showed “I’m on a Boat” to a 12th grade English class in another lesson on satire. The report said he offered students the chance to leave his class before showing the explicit videos, with only one student opting out.
Per the agreement, Steeves was suspended without pay for five days in December and ordered to complete a course titled Reinforcing Respectful Professional Boundaries.
“I’m on a Boat” premiered on Saturday Night Live as a digital short back in 2009, eventually going platinum in the U.S. The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone recently wrote, directed, and starred in the parody film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping earlier this year. Relive their nautical tune, “I’m on a Boat,” below.
For a classroom-safe rendition, watch The Lonely Island’s performance with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on The Tonight Show.