LOL I swear sometimes I think we might be the same person m8! Me and two of my friends wanted to do ‘Paul Revere’ at our primary school talent show. We practiced for ages, were absolutely word perfect and even had outfits sorted (VW badges, the whole 9). My Mum put the kibosh on it though when she saw our names on the entry sheet when she picked me up from school. Still remember ‘the talk’ with my parents about why I found the Beasties suitable role models. My Mum had read the story about them making fun of disabled kids, and as she saw a lot of disabled kids with her work, it really got to her. Remember feeling totally gutted, both cos we couldn’t do the talent show, but also because I loved the band so much, and was so disappointed that they’d done that.
Found out later that the Sun had made the entire thing up. The Beasties and their label were trying to cultivate a bad boy reputation at the time (they had a pretty raucous stage show iirc) but they always vehemently denied making fun of any kids. They also made a point of never doing anything with any of the UK press who had run with the story, throughout their entire career. Talked to my Mum about it years later when the Beasties were doing charity concerts for Tibet and rapping about respecting women and the perception of them had changed. She remembered the whole scolding episode really well and believed that the Beasties never did it too. “Fucking Sun”, I think were her actual words.