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Girl’s Pop Version Of National Anthem Sparks Controversy–Predictably, RACISM!!!1 Blamed

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

A bit of controversy was stirred when a teen from Martinsville, Indiana performed a very Whitney-Houston-ized version of The Star-Spangled Banner before a game at Bloomington High School North.  Take a look at the rendition here:

While I don’t think the first half starts out too badly, the second half certainly drowns itself in fancy ’90s pop star-style runs.  This seems to be a case of style over substance–which should never be the case when it comes to the national anthem, in my opinion.

After hearing complaints, the school told the girl to start singing the anthem in the traditional way.  End of story, right?  Well, no.  And guess why!  Her family has decided to counter-complain, believing that the ruckus was caused by…drumroll please…you guessed it, RACISM!!!1.  Take a look at the details here

You see, it didn’t matter that the girl’s Christina Aguilera version was more distracting than uplifting.  People apparently didn’t like it because apparently it was “too black”.  At least that’s what her family believes: “The national anthem is a historical symbol for our country for independence. The irony is that Shai is being denied her right of artistic expression as a result of her natural voice and cultural heritage.”  I didn’t know that singing lots of runs like pop stars did in the ’90s was considered a part of cultural heritage.  Nor did I realize that people’s voices sometimes do that naturally (that must get awkward).  Nor did I further realize that only African-Americans sing like that (and here I mentioned Christina Aguilera–what a rogue and peasant slave am I!) 

BUT MAYBE THAT’S JUST ME.

Here’s the deal–the national anthem is a solemn, inspiring song that’s meant to be sung with respect.  It should be sung to the best of a person’s ability, but not used merely as a vehicle to show off the person’s voice.  The national anthem is bigger than that.  It is more important than that.  And people like Shai and her family should take off their RACISM!!!1 glasses and try to realize that .~

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