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If I were Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas, I’d be staying away from social media for, oh, about the next six weeks – or at least until the blowback stemming from her disastrous performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” began to ease up a little. The 42-year-old 8-time Grammy Award winner made headlines at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game after delivering a rendition of the National Anthem so bad, Twitter unanimously decided that she did what our government has not yet been able to do: unite a deeply divided country.
Within moments of Fergie’s breathy, Marilyn Monroe/Jessica Rabbitesque “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” take on a song that really, really should not ever be performed that way, Twitter erupted with laughter as it shared reactions from basketball players and celebrities in the audience who were cracking up while trying to figure out just what the hell was going on and why “The Star Spangled Banner” sounded so…different, shall we say, than they’re used to.
We combed through Twitter to find 21 of the most savage reactions to Fergie’s disastrous National Anthem performance – y’all, these are cracking us UP! Make sure you stay tuned til the end to see the brilliant response to Fergie’s statement regarding her performance!
UPDATE: Fergie issued a statement to TMZ, apologizing for her performance: “I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and 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.”
For Twitter’s Jared Monroe, though, Fergie’s best just wasn’t good enough.