Fergie’s instant feedback during her rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game wasn’t great. If she could see into crowd over her violent guttural shrieking, she’d have viewed celebrities and NBA players struggling—and usually failing—to hold in their laughter over the idea that anyone might have thought this a good idea.
Two days later, that mockery rightfully lives on.
— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 18, 2018
My reaction pic.twitter.com/uBWNv9Fnbu
— ♀️ (@tripysunflowers) February 19, 2018
Rosanne Barr and Fergie are tied for 1st place for the worst rendition of the Star Spangled banner.
— DeltaMagnifico (@Arborsierra77) February 19, 2018
— Dustin Kingery (@dustinjkingery) February 19, 2018
— Chris H. (@MemphisCriss) February 19, 2018
Now she’s addressed the performance, acknowledging the irreparable damage she did to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie told TMZ. “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.”
Fergie appears to be subscribing to a popular interpretation of her failure: that she tried to make the song “too sexy.” But that’s not the issue at all. Had a talented vocalist attempted to sex up the song and done so in pitch and with a timbre not likely to send viewers crawling to the ear doctor, no one would have batted an eye.
The problem is that she couldn’t manage to sing many of the notes, even those actually in her register, in tune.
Now, if singing out of pitch to the point of the song’s being nearly unrecognizable was her “intended tone,” then damn she sure is right about being a risk taker.