Fergie’s National Anthem Fail

Jordan Fowler, Reporter

It’s fair to say that Fergie’s National Anthem rendition was everything but glamorous Sunday night. The American singer and songwriting was given the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at the NBA Allstars’ game. Fergie took on the stage with a jazz rendition that Americans did not necessarily love the way she wanted them to. Question is, what happened?

“When I saw the performance, I was literally thinking, ‘this cannot be forreal,'” said junior Tyra Hancock. “To me, it seemed like she was trying so hard to do something that just wasn’t working. She seemed extremely confident that she was the bomb diggity so I can’t say that she didn’t know it was bad and she was just trying to push through. I think it’s honestly just a lesson she has to learn.”

Fergie’s National Anthem was one to remember in all the ways possible. One large reason why the reaction was the way it was, is because of how sacred the National Anthem is. Artists such as P!nk, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé have taken the honor of being asked to perform such an important song and make it their own, all of which they executed well. However, a large majority of citizens believed that her interpretation was not only cringey but sultry.

“Girl, that was a mess,” said Brookville English teacher Miss Porter. “I don’t think she was trying to do the sultry thing with the National Anthem, I just think the National Anthem isn’t the song to do the sultry thing with.”

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the National Anthem,” said the singer in her apology post. “Last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. 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.”

“I understand being a risk-taker, but don’t do something different with the National Anthem. If you do decide you want to do something different, do it with a test audience instead of millions of people because now, she’s the joke of the next couple of weeks and I’m sure that wasn’t what she was going for,” said Porter.

The singer ended her performance with crying out “Let’s play some basketball!” which has become the caption of many things throughout the week.

“I thought to myself, ‘now you know you just messed up the National Anthem?’ How are you going to say ‘let’s play some basketball!’ as if you really just did something?” said senior Justin Ferguson. “The National Anthem isn’t jazz. Everyone else did it the way it was supposed to be. She needed to, too! My grandmother always said to me, ‘don’t fix something if it ain’t  broke. Apparently, nobody said that to her!” 

You win some. You lose some! Life goes on, and there are plenty of other times to be able to honor our country the proper way, and do it tastefully.