Monday, February 7, 2011

Unpatriotic Seems A Bit Harsh...

Even those of us who are sports challenged neophytes and only watch the Superbowl for the commercials and food no doubt witnessed the creative rendition of Christina's Star Spangled Banner. And if you missed it last evening - no worries - it has been replayed over the internet, every news station, and every radio broadcast all day.

How sad is it for so many to be calling this woman unpatriotic for flubbing the words to one of the most difficult songs to sing, let alone to sing it in front of the entire nation. I know, it is our national anthem. But I can recall a time I had to do a recitation I knew like the back of my hand and when it was go-time, I went totally blank. Totally. Blank. And I can tell you I did not recover with an ounce of the passion Christina belted it out with.

Am I the only one who finds it ridiculous that Joan Rivers is chiming in not only about Christina's lyrics but her weight? Really? Let's talk about how pathetic Joan looked in a Go-Daddy commercial as a 100 year old woman with skin stretched tighter than a Barbie doll and so far beyond her 15 minutes I assume she has pictures of someone really important who doesn't want them to see the light of day. I just thank the good Lord Melissa wasn't nearby in her own Go-Daddy tank top.

Sadly, The Washington Post has reported many Americans (those elusive "many") find Christina's mistakes to be unforgivable. Now just so I am clear, this sad state of affairs was the result of mistakes made with our national anthem sung at the beginning of a game that allowed an alleged rapist to play in a starring position after being suspended for six games (but only really missing four) for violating the NFL's "personal conduct policy" while making beaucoup dollars in the process? This alleged rapist is who half a stadium of people came to cheer on to victory?

Hmm...let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Let us remember, America grants us the freedom to err and should one be brave enough to acknowledge it, the chance to learn from said error. I am sure Christina will never again make the same mistake; I hope the same can be said for Ben Roethlisberger.


  1. Bravo - great post!
    I couldn't agree more. Was the mistake worth mentioning? Maybe, sure. Is it worth tearing her apart for? Hardly.
    People make mistakes every day, its just unfortunate that hers was in front of millions of people.
    And don't even get me started on Roethlisberger the rapist!

  2. Great post, as usual! I thought about writing on this very topic, but you have said it better than I could have. This world we live in where our opinions can be instantly relayed on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs has made many of us jaded, judgmental, holier than thou and snarky.
    I'd like to see some of these yahoos get up and belt out one of the most difficult songs every written in front of hundreds of millions of people. Are we all expected to be infallible? Oops, I forgot that overpaid male athletes are allowed to make a few tiny mistakes here and there....

    By the way, did you read where Palin wants her deported? Where? Back to Pennsylvania?

  3. I need to retract the part about seems as though that was a spoof...Thank goodness. I was getting really worried there for a moment.

  4. It's so ridiculous! The poor woman got nervous and flubbed a line. The media and all the people saying that she's 'unpatriotic' need to chillax!


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