You can’t blame a singer for trying to put their own spin on an old classic.
But when it comes to the US national anthem, it’s probably better to play it straight, as Black Eyed Peas star Fergie found out this weekend.
The singer tried to sex up ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the NBA All-Star Game and the reaction was not good.
Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel and several NBA players were caught on camera giggling at her performance.
Just watching all the players’ reactions to Fergie has me dying 💀 pic.twitter.com/1887xdKW2M
— Athlete Tweets™ (@AthleteTweetsO) February 19, 2018
TV viewers weren’t impressed either claiming it was ‘horrifying’ as Fergie tried to come over all seductive and ended up more ear-screeching.
Fergie’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner at the NBA All-Star game just beat out “nails on a chalkboard” as the most horrifying sound in the world. pic.twitter.com/r4fBCJpsFC
— T-Michael Dougherty (@Tmpd2) February 19, 2018
— Dan, a very stable genius (@everybodyshirts) February 19, 2018
— Hunter Rivera (@Hunterivera18) February 19, 2018
Omg….the screeching of fergie singing the National Anthem..
— Melissa H (@sportsmom9433) February 19, 2018
Me: how bad could fergie’s National Anthem possibly be?
*Watches it* pic.twitter.com/UqNr4YqCD2
— Rachel Yeargin (@LittleYeargin) February 19, 2018
Many compared it to Roseanne Barr’s rendition at the San Diego Padres baseball game in 1990, which was intentionally bad.