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Singing the US national anthem at a sporting event is a great honour. At this weekend’s NBA All Star game, said honour was bestowed on Fergie.
Yep, that’s right. Fergie of Black Eyed Peas and “M.I.L.F. $” fame.
As far as the anthem goes, she didn’t forget any lyrics, nor did she fluff any lines. But she did provide the United States with one of the most divisive anthem performances ever.
You might want to listen to it below to form your own opinions.
The internet however has already forged ahead with the commentary. And Americans almost immediately forgot all about the basketball match set to take place.
“Thanks Fergie — now I know what the National Anthem would sound like if Carol from accounting sang it after five mango daiquiris,” wrote comedian Chris Franjola.
Thanks Fergie- now I know what the National Anthem would sound like if Carol from accounting sang it after five mango daiquiris.
— Chris Franjola (@ChrisFranjola) February 19, 2018
The comments didn’t get any kinder either.
it has been HOURS since Fergie sang the national anthem at the NBA all star game and the president has STILL refused to acknowledge and respond as the leader we need as a nation in this time of strife
— erin ryan (@morninggloria) February 19, 2018
fergie is the friend who always suggests karaoke pic.twitter.com/EJqfJkRtSU
— Alexis Novak (@AlexisGirlNovak) February 19, 2018
Everyone who saw Fergie sing the National Anthem please look directly into your phone.
You’re welcome pic.twitter.com/WljjSDVezZ
— girl posts (@girlposts) February 19, 2018
However, not everyone’s ears were bleeding after the performance, and some looked to provide comfort to the artist.
The pile on about Fergie’s National Anthem is a bit much. It is a very difficult song to do. I tried it and will never do it again. Most nervous I’ve been in my life at that Diamondbacks game. Let’s cut her a little slack .. it’s fun to bash not so much fun to bashed about.😎👍
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) February 19, 2018
#Fergie didn’t sing the National Anthem that America needed, she sang the anthem that America deserved. 😂
— Odd Outlaw⚪ (@oddoutlaw) February 19, 2018
That’s nice Twitter.
And to be fair, America has seen worse. R. Kelly’s smooth-as-gravel rendition in 2005, Michael Bolton’s hand-written crib notes peek in 2003, and this completely deliberately bad gem by Rosanne Barr all now live in infamy on YouTube.
Whether it deserves it or not, it’s likely that Fergie’s rendition with join them thanks to the internet.