Fergie took a stab at the national anthem during the NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center on Sunday night, and it didn’t go so well.
Her attempt to add a jazz twist to the “Star-Spangled Banner” ― already a notoriously difficult song to sing ― prompted some pretty strong feelings.
During the game’s halftime report, Shaquille O’Neal defended it.
“Fergie, I love you, it was different, it was sexy,” he said.
“Damn right it was different,” Charles Barkley said. “I needed a cigarette after that.”
“Leave it alone,” Shaq replied.
Response on Twitter was less flattering:
#Fergie didn't sing the National Anthem that America needed, she sang the anthem that America deserved.
— Odd Outlaw (@oddoutlaw) February 19, 2018
Literally dying at these reactions. Fergie with the worst rendition ever. Embiid pic.twitter.com/ociAsWf0LC
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) February 19, 2018
I’ve seen the national anthem performed hundreds of times but never in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” congrats @Fergie
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 19, 2018
Meanwhile back in the states... I leave for a couple of days and y’all lose your muthafucking mind!! Why did this happen? Not everyone supposed to do this y’all! You might as well should have ask me to sing. Wtf?!https://t.co/M7eIzgGBrk
— Leslie Jones ]]>🦋