Singer Replaces ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

Submitted by: fancylad 8 years ago

I can see where this might upset some people.
There are 90 comments:
Female 7
Look... The point here is that she was paid to do one particular thing and decided to do her own "creative" thing on it. It was wrong of her. I`m not saying she can`t sing, the song she did was awful, or even unpatriotic. When you`re asked and paid to do something, you do it the way you agree to. That`s the simple point here.
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Female 1,231
I like it, but if someone asks you to sing a specific song, that`s what you should sing. It`s your job and responsibility.

Those old white guys overreacted, though. If it had been something more "white" they probably wouldn`t have been half as offended.

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Male 99
Hell, Israel is praised by the U.S. and they are just a Jewish version of Apartheid, only worse.
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Male 99
Or better yet Groogle, maybe Canada will keep it`s arms open to "migrants" and other 3rd world trash.

That would be good because then the parasitic illegals would flood canada and turn your beloved country into a 3rd world poo colored cesspool!

Then you can all join hands like a bunch of drating fags and sing songs about how great being alienated in your own damn country is.

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Male 99
drat the 3 r`s!

It`s time for a good bout of drating anarchy!

Hell we have a bastardized version of it all ready, why don`t we start the real thing?

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Male 2,172
Frankly, I think most comments in this topic proves that most people lost track of what`s really important in society.

A simple guideline would be to have everyone respect the 3 R`s.

Respect for oneself;
Respect for others;
Responsibility for your own actions;

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Male 2,172
Mitchell1192: "I would rather die than see that happen."

Would be even more fun if that would happen and you died while it happened.

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Male 43
Meh, both versions suck.
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Male 99

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Male 99
HOW dratING TYPICAL!

Look at drating South Africa! You wanna see what happens when you give a backwards, dumb ass, lazy, corrupt and inferior group of people control of a formerly prosperous white controlled nation? Well there you have it.

They destroyed it and forced whites to live in poverty, always the last to be selected for a job at best. All of this under the name of equality.Hell they even screwed themselves!

Blacks were better off under apartheid then they are now under their own drating rule!

The truth is the only way you can ever make blacks as a whole equal to whites is to hold down and oppress the whites, and it will still be close.

The same goes for Kenya. Kenya used to export food and now they are constantly on the brink of a drating famine or they already have one!

So yeah, let`s just follow the pattern and hand over the country that our WHITE ancestors created, built, and DIED for to a bunch of nation wreckers.

I would rather die than see that happen.

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Male 11,740
I think it was wrong that she decided to change up what she was brought in to do. I know that she was trying to make a point and all, but she should`ve been stopped and escorted off the stage. It was a poor decision on her part and I`m sure she lost the respect of a lot of people, regardless of race.
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Male 135
brown**
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Male 135
CHARLIE BROWNS AN EFFING RACIST!!
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Male 63
I think most people were mad because they thought she was trying to make a political statement. From her statement apologizing it seems she was just trying to make something creative and new. You can understand both sides.
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Male 296
White Dude`s sense of love for country: Kiss our shiny white asses!

Black Dude`s sense of love for country: It is everyone`s country! Work hard and love your country!

Mexican/Asian Dude`s sense of love for country: Work hard, love your country.

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Female 54
What really gets me is that she admits that it wasn`t the right place or time to do it, but she took advantage of the situation anyway. Does she really think that by singing one song she`s going to change any racism that happens nowadays? More likely, she`s going to promote it.

But then again I also believe that affirmative action has served its purpose and should be done away with, or at least be altered to give handouts to people based on income or if they live in a crappy neighborhood...

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Female 1,063
You`ll prolly tell me to stfu but TY hyeonkim0805. im done with it too...
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Female 1,063
I thought it was very insulting weather she meant it or not. The anthem is a very beautiful song and it shouldn`t have been up to her to `make` everyone listen to it. it wasn`t right and it wasn`t fair, especially when, I`m sure everyone, was already expecting the original. ;-/
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Female 536
Hehehe Charlie Brown...
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Male 667
Man~ I fcking hate how black people always b*tch and moan and complain about how discriminated they are, how the white man is always trying to hold them down. They act like they are the only race that was enslaved through out all of history. I don`t give a rat`s a$$ about her changing the national anthem, but that sounded like another "b*tching, moaning, complaining" anthem that black people love singing all the time. PLZ JUST LET THE FCK GO!!!
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Male 778
Wow.. i didn`t hear anything about this and i live in Denver haha. Ah well- It`s no big deal to me.
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Female 2,289
They told her what to sing and she did not do so. Shame on her.
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Female 2,289
She had a very strong voice, but she should have just sang The National Anthem.
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Male 5,620
It is not just a song either.. it is our heritage.
Your grandparents most likely fought for that heritage.
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Male 5,620
It isn`t a little change.. its other races replacing American culture.

There is an old saying in America.. if you don`t like it get out.

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Male 2,958
-But you`re not free enough to sing as you please and the people here are not brave enough to face change.-

She wasn`t there to sing as she pleased. She was there to sing the anthem...

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Male 3
Getting tired of the old white men bashing we got going here. I`m young...teenager actually and I thought she should have sang the song that people requested her to sing. If it was a white male adding popular musical lyrics from a different genre then EVERYONE would be pissed off. I`m not saying she couldnt have sang both songs seperate (which WOULD have been a nice touch), but if I was being paid to play a wedding march at a wedding and then suddenly busted into the entertainer I dont think I`d get paid, respected, or have the ability to leave without having the **** kicked outta me.

Just putting it into perspective ;-).

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Male 265
Yup. As long as African Americans keep playing the race card and act like Slavery ended ten years ago (instead of 145 years ago)m they will NEVER be equal. The biggest impediment to "civil rights" is the overreacting Black Community.

Yes, there are some stupid, ignorant, and racist people out there that make things tough for blacks. But I bet in this "enlightened" day and age, its not nearly as bad as its claimed to be.

Why is it, when a Black person suceeds, his "brothers" call hum an Uncle Tom or a sell out. If another gets bad grades because they don`t study and they can`t get a decent job, they claim they didn`t have the opportunity.

People lose sight of how things work in America. Thje liberals want to give everyone everything. That just makes a weaker America. The country was founded on the idea of the freedom to "pursue happiness" not have it given to you. If you work hard, you will earn the rewards.

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Male 97
Okay, not agreeing with Groogle, agreeing with ninjacache.
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Male 97
^^^ Definately agree with that!!! I mean, if we whites wrote a special version and sang that we would get our butts chewed off by black group and Rev. Sharpton. But when a black person does it, it is fine because we aren`t allowed to disagree because that is racist. One song for one nation of many.
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Male 2,172
"land of the free and home of the brave"

But you`re not free enough to sing as you please and the people here are not brave enough to face change.

It`s just a song.

Nuff said.

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Male 221
Wait wait wait....Blacks have their own anthem, I want a white anthem lets see how that flies. I am appalled. There shouldn`t be anthems for races just the anthem for the nation. The more we divide ourselves the more we fail.
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Male 108
She exercised her freedom of speech and they exercised their freedom of the press. It`s pretty simple, and she definitely deserved news coverage after making a public event all about her.
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Male 17
For all any of u know thats what she
thought the national anthem was..
its her anthem.. get over it..
good artist are always controversial..
theres nothing wrong with that.
its a song. thats it. just a song.
it may represent much more but she
didnt change any of that.. it still
represents freedom and pride and love
for the country.. if u ask me hers might
be better.. as it shows love for more
than just one country.. instead of god
bless america.. how about god bless
the world?..
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Male 2,422
I attended a Native American pow wow and they did both the classic "Star-Spangled Banner" and their own version in Crow, which I thought was great. I think she should have done that instead of doing her own version exclusively. I am not one to get too worked up about the national anthem as a way of expressing my patriotism, but I recognize that other people see it differently and are bound to get angry. Unlike "God Save the Queen" which was rendered defunct when royalty became a joke, the Star-Spangled Banner resonates with most Americans (which I guess makes us redneck flag-wavers). It was a bit tactless though I don`t think she meant to insult anyone.
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Male 1,557
To me, its a case of that she was asked to sing one song, and she sang another, the wrong song.
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Female 54
And for the record I`d still feel the same way unless she did it at something like an NAACP meeting.
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Female 370
who gives a poo
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Female 54
You don`t screw with the National Anthem. Maybe it was all the years in marching and pep bands, but I always learned that you don`t mess with it, and that you play it right.

Yes, her song was nice. Yes, her voice is great. She should have done both. The fact that she sang the "black" national anthem/hybrid only promotes division between races. Not the right time and place. She should have done both.

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Female 101
of course the guy who they interview is white. AND this probobly would have been an okay idea at like a mostly All black event. like a basketball game or something ;-P
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Male 1,931
Oh no! What are we going to do! People need to get over themselves.
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Male 2,796
^^Yes on live TV.
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Male 2,796
To the few idiots claiming that we "need" to hear a song to justify our patriotism...
That is an assumption you cannot back up and a gross fallacy on your part. You assume that just because people are upset that they were promised the national anthem... the same NATIONAL ANTHEM that is a reminder to those few of us who still care that we have certain inalienable rights bestowed upon us by those who have faught and fallen for said rights. If I want to hear my song that embodies the idea that is MY America, I damn well better get it... I have earned it, it is mine, I have fought for it, I own it. If you don`t give a damn, that is your right as well, however, if you want to tell me that this particular woman has the right to butcher it, well get ready to defend your stance because I will fight for it as many have done before me.

As bad a political move as it would have been, I would have stopped her right then and there, told her to do the right song or leave. Yes, on live

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Male 216
Lame, dont care.
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Female 1,142
She was asked to sing the Star-Spangled Banner.
She sang a different song instead.
It doesn`t matter what song she was supposed to sing.
It doesn`t matter what song she sang instead.
It doesn`t matter what either of the songs stand for.
What matters is that they offered her money to do something, and she didn`t do it.
I`d be pretty angry if someone I hired did that.
There is a time and place to express yourself and how you feel about issues such as race.
Unfortunately, this woman misjudged the situation.
That`s all.
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Male 10
I like how half the commenters are making this seem like the disagreement is that it`s a travesty the songs were mixed at all, and completely ignoring the valid point of "The city asked for something, she`s obligated to give it, not her own crap"
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Male 271
The more I think about it, the more I think this was very fitting, and perhaps even more relevant than the original lyrics... These lyrics speak not only of the struggle of the black race but of humanity as a whole of overcoming tyranny and oppression... I can feel the pride in the hearts of my black brothers and sisters... three hundred years ago their ancestors weren`t considered fit to own their own land, and yet they broke their backs to till the earth that we owned... now three hundred years later a man of African ancestry is set to hold office in the very country that was built upon African blood and sweat, is it any wonder?

These words are fitting, and I am not detracting from the original words because they are as powerful but they are words of war and America no longer needs to be a nation of war... remember that 300 years ago the Americans fought off the British occupation and now they are the ones doing the occupation, tell me HOW IS THIS RIGHT?

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Male 2,958
It`s funny how no one`s allowed to get mad about her using the black national anthem.
If it were a room of black people, or a black event, it`d be absolutely acceptable. But it`s not, that wasn`t an event having anything to do with race, she could have picked a better time for that "artistic expression". She would have gotten a better response from it too.

If some white lady changed the anthem with lyrics from the "white nation anthem" she`d be torn to shreds. Even though there`s no "white national anthem" because that would be racist in the first place.

But in the end it`s not even about race. It`s about the fact that she didn`t sing what she was paid to sing and what was her duty to sing. It`s not about grumpy old white men not being able to accept change, it`s was an official event that has official guidelines, and she didn`t follow them.

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Male 308
I am a bit mad. Don`t get me wrong, I`m not racist. It`s just that she was asked to sing the national anthem and she agreed. If she didn`t want to sing the actual thing, she shouldn`t have agreed. She can always sing that on her own instead.
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Female 19
I can see how this would become a issue of race, but I think it just comes down to, she was paid to sing the national anthem, not `Lift Every Voice and Sing` People were expecting something that they didn`t get. It wasn`t what they paid for, it wasn`t they asked for.

As for me personally, I`m black and as wrong as this sounds, I`m offended that she would sing `Lift Every Voice` to the tune of the Star-Spangled Banner. The songs don`t offended me of course, it`s just that both songs represent a hard in our history, and should be sung as a reminder of everything that has happened, but not together, not like that.

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Male 108
BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

THE VERY LAST FRAME WITH THE OLD GUY AND THE BLANK STARE FOR LIKE HALF A SECOND

..i dunno why but that made me laugh hysterically

ofcourse i`m also high, so that could explain it.

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Male 203
HAHAHAHA his name is Charlie Brown (>.<)
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Male 734
Everyone keeps thinking this is a Black Woman vs. White Guy issue. I`d be equally offended if she had replaced the words with the lyrics to Sweet Home Alabama or Over The Rainbow. Let her be creative on her own dime in her own venue. It`s the same reason why liberals are pushing so hard for the Fairness Doctrine again. They fail every time they try to get a voice of their own (i.e. Air America) so they only way they can compete is if they bully other people into forcing their ideals onto them. If she wants to be "artsy" with her rendition of the national anthem, by all means, I`m not going to stop her. She has that right under th 1st Amendment and I applaud her to use all the creative liberties and talent she can muster to sing whatever version of it she wants. Just let her do it in her own concert hall, not at a place when other people asked her to sing the REAL national anthem on their dime in THEIR venue in front of THEIR audience...black, white, asian, purple, whatever. R
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Female 239
^^^ Awesome, I agree!

Nationalism ROCKS

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Male 741
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpKRd2xQe...

Much better than the rendition and original.

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Male 6
Perfectly stated caboose.

This is not ok if she was paid to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. That is what makes it so offensive. It`s like hiring an artist to paint a town mural and they end up painting a huge wang on the wall. They didn`t do what was expected and are not expressing their freedom of speech appropriately.

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Male 1,204
"
Two, this is America, hooray for freedom of speech!"

Umm... they paid her to sing the national anthem. Freedom of speech, but if you don`t do your job, you don`t do your job. And freedom of speech also means you still can`t impede on other people`s rights. And if you`re told to do something, either you say no, or do it. Don`t try to force something else. It sounded nice, but she should have done that on her own time on money, not others...

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Male 1,228
I should get asked to sing the National Anthem, and include parts of a White Pride song.

What a froob, seriously.

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Male 1,556
Im all go for mixing anthems. But! if she was asked to sing the AHMARIKAN anthem well she should probably do that I think. she should have told the people beforehand, but still why be angry?
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Male 89
I didn`t even know blacks had their own national anthem,
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Female 239
It`s just a frickin song - geez, I could see if she sang the same version Borat sang in his movie. Then it`d be HILARIOUIS!
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Female 447
I liked it, personally. And getting so bent out of shape over this is sort of silly when you consider how RECENTLY the star-spangled banner became our national anthem. It`s like pomp and cirumstance at graduation or the wedding march when the bride comes down the aisle; both are, in scope of the history of civilization, recent traditions.
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Female 3
As a white woman, I also can (and do) sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" on a regular basis, at a time in my life when I can`t in good conscious sing the legally-recognized national anthem. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is a song of hope, and song of strength, and a song that has a fairly explicit criticism of jingoistic anthems that refuse to acknowledge that our country is possible of erring (and has, in many disastrous ways). It is a song that urges reform, and inspires it`s singers for to create a society that better reflects what we profess. In that way, I`d say it`s a stronger, deeper "national anthem," than the Star-Spangled Banner. And, do we know, when they asked her to sing, if they specifically said "Star-Spangled Banner," or did they say "the National Anthem," because "Lift Every Voice and Sing" certainly is "a" national anthem.

Props to her for this statement. I hope people were listening to the lyrics

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Male 477
Star Spangled Banner - a bad American poem about war set to the tune of a British drinking song...
Why can`t we do something original? Even My Country, Tis of Thee is just a rip off of God Save the Queen.

Oh and Maddog. I much preffer Eddie Izzard`s Version of the British Anthem:
God attack the Queen.
Send big dogs after her, that bite her bum.
Let them chase after her,
And rip her knickers off...

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Female 50
Heh. Charlie Brown.
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Female 338
It`s 2008... We have a Black man running for President... yet old white men STILL cannot accept a little change.

Granted if she was asked to sing something specific then that`s what she should have sang. Other than that she did nothing wrong.

America... Freedom of Speech (yet it always has limitations)

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Female 1,269
im not offended but she shouldnt have done it without like maybe saying something to other people or asking
that wasnt what she was asked to do
and it seems disrespectful =P
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Male 533
That lady has aweful hair.
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Male 772
America has odd ways of showing your `honor`. You`re unamerican if you don`t sing a song, or look at a piece of fabric, or repeat a simple phrase every damn morning and literally pledge your life away to said piece of fabric.

Isn`t it patriotic enough to at least honor your country in mind and spirit?

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Male 547
Like others said, it shouldnt be about race or anything like that, the fact is they asked her to do something specific, and she didn`t. And she was paid for it. I like the bakery example. I would rather say instead of a meatloaf, you ask for a chocolate cake, and he gives you a devils food mario wedding cake. Sure it be more creative than what you asked for.. but its not what you paid or asked for.
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Female 295
I thought she had a beautiful voice :) The new words to the song represent our country still, whether or not it`s the original version
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Female 48
@Josh2601 There`s nothing stopping any Asian or anything else from writing their own version of the song as well. She just happened to get a chance to sing it.
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Male 23
I`m still amazed that the guys name was Charlie Brown!
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Female 706
America...land of the free. *waves flag*

232 years as a country and still having the same problems.

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Male 3,369
Hahahah!

Only in America..Our national anthem is supposed to be "God Save the Queen"...guess what..no one sings it anymore because its both lame, stupid and dosnt represnt our country in any way, shape or form.

Its a song..get over it! If you love your country, great..you dont need a song to tell you that!

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Male 4,393
she was ok....
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Female 143
One, she did a great job.
Two, this is America, hooray for freedom of speech!


And a good point there "I spoke for a half hour, and she sang for three minutes"
He is right, no one is going to pay attention to what he talked about, just that the woman sang something else.

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Male 97
She performed the song very well, but it does make me mad. Why do they have to mix the song of their country with the song of their race. It is so stupid. I mean, the US is about equal treatment for all, and when you interject the black national anthem into an anthem made for all races, you are supporting your own agenda in making it seem that you respect your race above others. This kind of thing is racism, just a more subtle kind. Sure they are not killing whites, but they are disrespecting us, asians, and all other people for which the original national anthem was written for. I found what she did disrespectful.
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Male 909
Damn, people...
A song is just a song, a flag is just a flag, etc. It`s just a symbol.

If you need a f*cking flag or a pretty little ditty to show how much you love your country, that`s pretty damned sad. I personally think America needs some work, but at least I`m not being lynched for saying such things.

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Female 1,545
Not that her creative rendition is bad...it`s actually very pretty. But people asked her for the national anthem, and they expected it. She delivered her own intentionally hybridized version, which was not what they asked for. It`s just bad business. If the city paid money for that, I hope they got it back.

clever-chan nailed it on the head.

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Female 706
I don`t see anything wrong with it.

A guy in my state (I guess he was; we met in Dallas) wanted to have "Luke`s Theme" from Star wars as the National Anthem.

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Male 162
Way to follow instructions, stupid.
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Male 68
She should have sung both.
They asked her to do something specific, and she didn`t.
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Female 4
Of course the only people getting upset are the old white men.

It`s not like she butchered it.

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Male 79
That`s unamerican. It would have been ok to sing the songs separately, but together made it crappy.
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Female 25
I agree with habbazoot. But, if she was brought in to sing the National Anthem, she should have sang that in addition to what she sang.
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Female 345
I think there`s a time and a place for your own creative interpretation but if someone asks you for something specific and you agree it`s your duty to give them what they asked for and not what you think is better. That would be like going to a baker and asking for a cake and he comes out with meatloaf in a cake pan.
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Male 352
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
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Male 19,899
Link: Singer Replaces ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ [Rate Link] - I can see where this might upset some people.
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