“The Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key in 1814, is a sacred anthem that represents the foundation of America — our history, our dedication to freedom, and our perseverance through any struggle that might affront us.
However, it was the singer of the American national anthem who affronted us Monday night at the NBA All-Stars game.
Fergie, a solo artist and member member of the music group The Black Eyed Peas, was chosen to sing the national anthem before the game started. Unlike most traditional performers in this situation, however, Fergie turned the song into a sultry, jazzy tune that sounded like it should be in a sleazy nightclub.
From the beginning, things don’t seem to go well. Players, celebs in the stands, and coaches with their hands on their hearts seem puzzled in footage by the overly sexualized rendition of the song. You can see a few laugh as she finally makes it to the last few lyrics — drawing them out like she’s Marilyn Monroe at JFK’s birthday party in 1962.
On the whole, viewers were unhappy with the version Fergie chose to sing. For her part, 24 hours after the incident, Fergie apologized for botching the song.
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said. “I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
That’s fine, Fergie. But please don’t ever “try your best” again. Watch for yourself below.
~ Liberty Video News