With the Olympics going on, it's easy to forget that there are other sporting events taking place in the world. It's especially easy when said events include such ultimately inconsequential things as the NBA All-Star Game. Just in case you missed the action, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, the final score was 148 to 145, with Team Lebron victorious over Team Stephen.
But no one really cares about what happened during the game. All anyone can talk about today is Fergie's brutal butchering of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Rolling Stone very charitably reported that "the Black Eyed Peas singer opted to turn the National Anthem into a bluesy torch song." If a bluesy torch song is the same thing as a hot mess, then sure. Witness the performance below, in all its tuneless glory:
Hey, at least now that time she pissed herself while on-stage with the Black Eyed Peas is no longer Fergie's most most traumatic public humiliation. While it's true that the woman born Stacy Ann Ferguson isn't that great a singer to begin with, let's give her the benefit of the doubt here. That's a tough song to sing, and it has defeated even the most legendary of vocalists. And also Roseanne Barr.
Naturally, Barr has her own take on the whole thing:
Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
I'll leave you with what might be my favourite rendition of any national anthem: "O Canada", as mercilessly mangled by Las Vegas lounge singer Dennis K.C. Parks in 1994. Enjoy.