Fergie’s National Anthem

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Fergie’s National Anthem

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Singer Fergie sings the national anthem before an NBA All-Star basketball game, in Los Angeles
All Star Game Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Feb 2018

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Gallardo/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9421352bi) Singer Fergie sings the national anthem before an NBA All-Star basketball game, in Los Angeles All Star Game Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Feb 2018

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Gallardo/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9421352bi) Singer Fergie sings the national anthem before an NBA All-Star basketball game, in Los Angeles All Star Game Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Feb 2018

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Alex Gallardo/AP/REX/Shutterstoc

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Gallardo/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9421352bi) Singer Fergie sings the national anthem before an NBA All-Star basketball game, in Los Angeles All Star Game Basketball, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Feb 2018

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5cOvyDpWfM

 

*Disclaimer-This is in no way hating on my girl Fergie, she is an incredibly talented musician who just happened to butcher the national anthem and get turned into a meme because of it. Also, if you by chance are part of the 10% of the population who hasn’t seen it, the link above will take you to the video, watching it may give you some much-needed context.*

 

For all those who had the delight of witnessing American singer-songwriter, Stacy Ann “Fergie” Ferguson’s “sultry” rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, you can probably agree with me that her take on the classic anthem, left most viewers either cringing, or gasping for air in between laughs. No matter who you are, seeing this (especially from someone as talented as Fergie) was a total shock. Her interpretation of the song has sparked controversy among many social media users. Some of these accounts claimed that Fergie’s performance could be considered disrespectful. This is because the song itself is an ode to our fight in the War of 1812, as well as the strength and perseverance that our nation has continued to carry all of these years, and it shouldn’t be changed to something more “sultry” or “seductive”. They feel as if she could have left the song alone, and creatively experimented with one of many others songs. Others though, were quick to jump to Fergie’s defense, claiming that she wasn’t trying to be disrespectful, but instead, she was just trying to switch things up a bit and be more original with her performance. They pointed out that the message of the song wasn’t altered in any way, just the melody and tempo. Personally, I don’t think that she was being disrespectful necessarily, but this sudden shift in creativity wasn’t something that needed to happen, and she most likely would’ve been better off sticking with the original tune. What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter, so feel free to voice your opinion down below. Happy Spring!

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  1. Anthony Eatherly on April 4th, 2018 9:05 am

    Absolutely Hilarious. Dying with laughter. Better luck next time Fergie.

  2. Audra Orr on April 4th, 2018 9:15 am

    I don’t feel like she was being disrespectful, but I agree with you she should have stuck to the original tune.

  3. Rian on April 4th, 2018 9:45 am

    I think she should of stuck to the original song because the turn out was bad but at the same time really funny.

  4. Reese Harrell on April 4th, 2018 9:49 am

    Really funny!! I was watching this and laughter couldn’t stop coming out of me! I don´t really think she should have done this though, especially on the National Anthem.

  5. Taylor Copeland on April 4th, 2018 9:50 am

    I don’t think Fergie performance was disrespectful I think she just wanted to try a twist on the National Anthem, although it was halarious. I do think she should of stuck with the original tune though.

  6. agent pineapple on April 4th, 2018 9:51 am

    for people like me that have never heard of ferrgie before, this is bad

  7. Joel Sharpsteen on April 4th, 2018 1:26 pm

    I don’t think “agent pineapple” is your name

  8. Quinn on April 5th, 2018 2:20 pm

    Bet

  9. Bella on April 4th, 2018 1:05 pm

    I don’t think Fergie was trying to be disrespectful but it turned out to be hilarious and a bad performance over all.

  10. Drew Akins on April 4th, 2018 1:46 pm

    I thought it was really funny, but I didn’t think she mean’t to be disrespectful. Stick to the original one next time.

  11. Gabriella Cotner on April 4th, 2018 1:53 pm

    Well, the performance could have been better.It was very……different, I don’t think she was trying to be disrespectful.But Jimmy Kimmel was looking like he was about to die of laughter.I myself found it humorous.

  12. Harrison on April 4th, 2018 2:26 pm

    when I saw here singing that I cringed really hard. really really hard and I could not stop .

  13. Anonymous on April 5th, 2018 9:09 am

    She obviously wasn’t trying to be disrespectful and I understand why people are not liking it but it would make sense to why she did that. She wants to be more original. Sometimes when I listen to songs too many times, they get really boring.

  14. mackenzie rouse on April 5th, 2018 2:32 pm

    I think she was not disrespectful but I do agree that fergie could have done better and stuck with the original toon

  15. Maria Reynolds on April 6th, 2018 2:32 pm

    I think she was not disrespectful but I do agree that fergie could have done better and stuck with the original tun

  16. Evan Reinert on April 12th, 2018 2:08 pm

    I don’t think it’s disrespectful all she did was add a little twist and made it cringe.

  17. Keeley Curtis on September 17th, 2018 5:35 pm

    I’M CRYIN’ THIS IS AMAZING!!! I’M DEAD!!

  18. Cole on October 3rd, 2018 5:29 pm

    She might not have been trying to be disrespectful, and she was just experimenting, but I don’t think you should ¨experiment¨ with something as sacred as The National Anthem, it was written the way it is for a reason, sing it that way. I am a singer and that’s coming from experience. You can experiment with lots of songs but that’s not one you should do.

  19. KALEB M. on November 1st, 2018 12:11 pm

    (Just watched First reaction) WHAT IS THIS!?!?!?!

  20. Lorynn Seymour on February 22nd, 2019 12:55 pm

    i was dying of laughter when i watched it.

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