Sometimes the internet has to work hard to turn a cringe-worthy, meme-laden, moment of social media mockery into a trending sensation.
But, not this time.
Fergie, the singer known to many as one-fourth of the Black Eyed Peas, sung the national anthem with all the sultry suggestion of a Vegas lounge act on Sunday night. She was on-hand to sing the Star-Spangled Banner before the NBA All-Star Game, but ended up doing something that probably caused Francis Scott Key to roll over in his grave.
Take a listen:
Yuck, right?! The performance was only redeemed by the tidal wave of hilarity it sparked on social media, as fans of all backgrounds weighed-in. The expression on the player’s faces basically told the story:
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
— Tony (@JumpMan514) February 19, 2018
Draymond Green cracking up during Fergie’s national anthem 😭 pic.twitter.com/lPRTh7bmEy
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) February 19, 2018
This is probably not the way Kevin Hart it planned out:
If you want a summary of how #NBAAllStar pregame went, more people laughed at Fergie's National Anthem than Kevin Hart's jokes.
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) February 19, 2018
I wanna take a knee to protest the way Fergie is singing this national anthem #NBAAllStar
— Justin Hires (@JustinHires) February 19, 2018
Apparently, Fergie has been butchering anthems for years… pic.twitter.com/wvXEUMgz3v
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) February 19, 2018
Team LeBron beat Team Stephen 148-145 in the game. Not that anyone was left alive after the anthem to see it.
UPDATE: On Monday, Fergie made a statement about her performance.
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the Black Eyed Peas singer told TMZ on Monday. “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.”