Fergie is one of the most popular singers in the world. She has had number one hits and her concerts are almost always of an exceptionally high quality. That’s why it was rather surprising — or actually, shocking — that she succeeded in messing up the national anthem beyond all recognition at the NBA All-Star Game. Her performance was so bad that the players actually laughed at her. And not in a good way.
— Based Monitored 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@BasedMonitored) February 19, 2018
The contrast between Fergie’s confidence and the laughter from the players and the crowd is striking. You’d swear that she was drunk. I hope so, at least. Because if this is Fergie when she’s sober, she’s got an even more serious problem.
After (and during) Fergie’s performance, it didn’t take long for Twitter users to make fun of her. And rightfully so. My favorite tweet is this one (with GOAT generally being used for Greatest Of All Time):
Fergie the Goat pic.twitter.com/VT3R3UHVWZ
— WTP Sports (@WTPsports) February 19, 2018
But this one is also great:
— SatanTheEvilCat (@SatanTheEvilCat) February 19, 2018
Perhaps it was a simple case of mistaken identity:
— ReeRee (@SherreeGilpin) February 19, 2018
In any case, the general take was obvious:
— Bill (@TrumpMaximus) February 19, 2018
The Star-Spangled Banner is not a song that all people can sing well: case in point. pic.twitter.com/4USIZZLX4j
— Sabrina Rutkin (@im_his_statler) February 19, 2018
The lesson in all this? When you sing the national anthem, don’t try and give it “your own vibe.” It’s the national anthem. Sing it as it is meant to be sung.