Controversy arose last week at a Wisconsin middle school after administrators showed students a video of celebrities expressing support for President Barack Obama, according to local outlet KMSP-TV.
Administrators at Hudson Middle School showed the 2009 video in recognition of Peace One Day, an annual international day for peace. While the video features a slew of stars pledging to do good deeds, Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Kiedis and actress Demi Moore also pledge to be of service to the president.
According to KMSP, the clip offended some local residents. One woman who viewed the video on camera compared it to propaganda from 1940s Germany.
Soon after, the district issued a letter of apology, saying using the video “was a mistake.” The note reads, in part:
We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well.
Shortly after the video's 2009 release, a principal in Utah also came under fire for showing it to elementary school children.