Pop star gets torn to shreds over 1 of the worst national anthem blunders ever
Rachel Platten just threw her hat into the ring for the Worst National Anthem Rendition of 2018 Award.
If you thought Fergie’s version was bad, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Although to be fair to Fergie, at least she knew all the words.
Platten performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday prior to a National Women’s Soccer League matchup between the Utah Royals and the Chicago Red Star, according to Deadspin.
This one went off the rails in a hurry. Platten tripped up on the line “by the dawn’s early light,” which is not usually the part of the anthem where things go sideways for people who flub the lines.
To be fair, at least she managed to stay on (Francis Scott) key, so she’s got that going for her.
But Twitter, as Twitter tends to be, was all over Platten’s performance.
Too bad Rachel Platten doesn't know the words to our National Anthem. So sad America. Great game tho.
— Lori Casillas (@Gadgetgrl63) April 14, 2018
Rachel Platten. Fail.
— Elizabeth Mason (@super_eli_23) April 14, 2018
A few other people pointed out that the Royals’ boasts about attendance numbers for the game were somewhat disingenuous, considering the team was basically selling a postgame Rachel Platten concert with a soccer game tacked on beforehand.
I don't think they will. Most these people probably came because of the @RachelPlatten concert that was after the game.
— Christian Pereira (@CrewSoccer96) April 15, 2018
Others chose to sympathize with Platten, noting that sometimes, you’re not as prepared as you think you are for the spotlight.
i’m rachel platten not knowing the lyrics in every aspect of my life
— go team (@dalyohai) April 15, 2018
There have been worse performances of the national anthem at sporting events. Carl Lewis made himself a laughingstock in 1993, Roseanne Barr made an unholy mess of it in 1990 and Fergie’s performance at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was … unique.
But then again, at least all of them knew the words.
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