So evidently taking a knee during the anthem isn't nearly as much an assault on one's American sensibilities as an ambitious, jazz-infused (which can be translated as "steeped in tradition," as jazz is one of the country's most time-honored genres of music) take on the national anthem.
From Forbes: "Fergie's wannabe jazzy rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was a massive, musical fail. No one is sure what happened, but she was off key, off kilter and painful to listen to."
Off-Key? Not remotely. Her voice has always been underrated, and remained in fine form this day. Hit up YouTube to catch her going toe-to-toe with one of rock's greatest female vocalists, Ann Wilson of Heart, or lending outstanding background vocals to the Stones themselves, on "Gimme Shelter," after taking the stage by doing a one-handed somersault.
A misfire? Maybe. In the sense that she sexed it up, and it created a palpable tension. But I maintain some of the laughter on display is from boys giddy at the sight (and sound) of the sultry singer.
And what did Fergie do in response? She apologized. Which is absurd.
I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. 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.
Millions of people viewed the performance. Turner Sports said the game drew an average of 7.7 million viewers on TNT.