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19th Feb '17 12:16:21 AM CaptEquinox
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** In 1968, Music/ArethaFranklin was invited to sing the anthem at a televised baseball game. She turned it into a gospel hymn in a long, loose rubato style with plenty of melismatic improvisation. This was at the height of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and "patriotic Americans" were furious at what they saw as sacrilege in the name of leftist, Black Power and anti-war subversion of [[Film/DrStrangelove our precious bodily fluids]]. Someone even wrote an outraged letter to ''TV Guide''. It was just Aretha being Aretha. She did it again in 2016 at a Lions-Vikings game, stretched it out to almost five minutes, and both teams had to repeat their warmup.

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** In 1968, Music/ArethaFranklin was invited to sing the anthem at a televised baseball game. She turned it into a gospel hymn in a long, loose rubato style with plenty of melismatic improvisation. This was at the height of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and "patriotic Americans" were furious at what they saw as sacrilege in the name of leftist, Black Power and anti-war subversion of [[Film/DrStrangelove our precious bodily fluids]]. Someone even wrote an outraged letter to ''TV Guide''. It was just Aretha being Aretha. She did it again in 2016 at a Lions-Vikings game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR1EAYvC5ns stretched it out to almost five minutes, minutes]], and both teams had to repeat their warmup.warmup.
** Also in 1968, Music/JoseFeliciano was asked to sing the anthem at Game 5 of the Cardinals/Tigers World series. As a blind Puerto Rican American, Feliciano took this very seriously and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ZQawbo4Mo his version]] was intended as grateful, thoughtful, even dreamlike. There were no cheers from the stands, just booing and ominous rumbling. "Real, patriotic" Americans were outraged. Most record stores stopped selling his records, and most radio stations stopped playing him. But an unauthorized recording actually hit the ''Billboard'' charts and sold over 50,000 copies in Detroit alone. On October 14, 2012, Feliciano [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38gfeGjrN1s once again sang the anthem]] at the NLCS, and this time no one booed.
18th Feb '17 11:57:34 PM CaptEquinox
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** In 1968, Music/ArethaFranklin was invited to sing the anthem at a televised baseball game. She turned it into a gospel hymn in a long, loose rubato style with plenty of melismatic improvisation. This was at the height of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and "patriotic Americans" were furious at what they saw as sacrilege in the name of leftist, Black Power and anti-war subversion of [[Film/DrStrangelove]] our precious bodily fluids. Someone even wrote an outraged letter to ''TV Guide''. It was just Aretha being Aretha. She did it again in 2016 at a Lions-Vikings game, stretched it out to almost five minutes, and both teams had to repeat their warmup.

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** In 1968, Music/ArethaFranklin was invited to sing the anthem at a televised baseball game. She turned it into a gospel hymn in a long, loose rubato style with plenty of melismatic improvisation. This was at the height of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and "patriotic Americans" were furious at what they saw as sacrilege in the name of leftist, Black Power and anti-war subversion of [[Film/DrStrangelove]] [[Film/DrStrangelove our precious bodily fluids.fluids]]. Someone even wrote an outraged letter to ''TV Guide''. It was just Aretha being Aretha. She did it again in 2016 at a Lions-Vikings game, stretched it out to almost five minutes, and both teams had to repeat their warmup.
18th Feb '17 11:57:03 PM CaptEquinox
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** In 1968, Music/ArethaFranklin was invited to sing the anthem at a televised baseball game. She turned it into a gospel hymn in a long, loose rubato style with plenty of melismatic improvisation. This was at the height of UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement, and "patriotic Americans" were furious at what they saw as sacrilege in the name of leftist, Black Power and anti-war subversion of [[Film/DrStrangelove]] our precious bodily fluids. Someone even wrote an outraged letter to ''TV Guide''. It was just Aretha being Aretha. She did it again in 2016 at a Lions-Vikings game, stretched it out to almost five minutes, and both teams had to repeat their warmup.
18th Feb '17 11:39:35 PM CaptEquinox
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** Not exactly a screwup, but: At Game 4 of the 2011 World Series, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aPvL-lty4Y sang it in her typically soulful, kind of melancholic way]]. This caused a bit of controversy among those expecting a more traditional, "triumphant" rendition, and led to criticisms of her version as too quiet and "dirge-like" and therefore [[SeriousBusiness unpatriotic]]. Never mind that the "Star-Spangled Banner" is actually kind of a bittersweet song if you look at the lyrics (it boils down to "Oh my God, oh my God, we're going to lose this battle...but wait! There's the flag! We haven't lost...yet.", which is the story of the Battle of Fort [=McHenry=]. They do win, by the way...but not for a few more hours).

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** Not exactly a screwup, but: At Game 4 of the 2011 World Series, Creator/ZooeyDeschanel [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aPvL-lty4Y sang it in her typically soulful, kind of melancholic way]]. This caused a bit of controversy among those expecting a more traditional, "triumphant" rendition, rendition[[note]]ten years after the [[TheWarOnTerror September 11 attacks]], heavily triumphalist versions of the anthem were still in vogue[[/note]], and led to criticisms of her version as too quiet and "dirge-like" and therefore [[SeriousBusiness unpatriotic]]. Never mind that the "Star-Spangled Banner" is actually kind of a bittersweet song if you look at the lyrics (it boils down to "Oh my God, oh my God, we're going to lose this battle...but wait! There's the flag! We haven't lost...yet.", which is the story of the Battle of Fort [=McHenry=]. They do win, by the way...but not for a few more hours).


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* There's a film of a basketball game opening that occasionally gets shown on ESPN where a young man gets to the third line, messes up the lyrics very badly and lets out a sorrowful "Oh, shiiiiiit!" It happened in 1993.
13th Feb '17 1:53:55 AM KnightofLsama
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** Adam Hill jokingly refers to how no one remembers the lyrics to the second verse in his sketch where is sets Advance Australia Fair to the tune of the Jimmy Barnes's "Working Class Man" [[note]]which is widely agreed to be superior to the correct version[[/note]]
4th Dec '16 5:57:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* In at least one movie, ''The Internationale'' was called the Soviet Anthem -- and "The Internationale" was the Soviet Anthem from the founding of the USSR to 1944. However, there is nothing ''national'' about ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Internationale]]'', so it was replaced with a real national anthem, whose melody is now used for the Russian national anthem. Of course, the USSR was most interesting after WWII. The anthem used to be a poem about Stalin's glory and BadAss -ness. UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev unpersoned UsefulNotes/JosephStalin and for 24 years, the USSR had a national anthem with a tune but no words. [[AwesomeMusic/NationalAnthem An awesome tune]], but still...no words.

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* In at least one movie, ''The Internationale'' was called the Soviet Anthem -- and "The Internationale" was the Soviet Anthem from the founding of the USSR to 1944. However, there is nothing ''national'' about ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Internationale]]'', so it was replaced with a real national anthem, whose melody is now used for the Russian national anthem. Of course, the USSR was most interesting after WWII. The anthem used to be a poem about Stalin's glory and BadAss badass -ness. UsefulNotes/NikitaKhrushchev unpersoned UsefulNotes/JosephStalin and for 24 years, the USSR had a national anthem with a tune but no words. [[AwesomeMusic/NationalAnthem An awesome tune]], but still...no words.
26th Nov '16 7:55:23 PM NegiSpongie
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* And ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the Fire Nation national anthem sung by ForeignWrestlingHeel Fire Nation Guy in ''The Blind Bandit''.

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* And ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the Fire Nation national anthem sung by ForeignWrestlingHeel Fire Nation Guy Man in ''The Blind Bandit''.




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* A ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' episode has Tori singing the Star Spangled Banner at a college basketball game and all her friends warn her not to forget the lyrics since it would be a NeverLiveItDown moment for her. When Tori sings it, she doesn't mess up the words, but the school's mascot, a large St. Bernard, ends up dragging her across the stadium halfway through the song.
13th Aug '16 9:45:33 PM CH4S
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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2015_%C3%8Ele-de-France_attacks 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015]] (which included the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting Charlie Hebdo Shootings]]). It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks.few months later]], [[DownerEnding and again the]] following year]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming France will not abandon]] [[WideEyedIdealist its ideals in retaliation]] [[ActivistFundamentalistAntics to these attacks]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2015_%C3%8Ele-de-France_attacks 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015]] (which included the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting Charlie Hebdo Shootings]]). It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks few months later]], [[DownerEnding and again the]] again]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Nice_attack the following year]], year]] ]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming France will not abandon]] [[WideEyedIdealist its ideals in retaliation]] [[ActivistFundamentalistAntics to these attacks]].
13th Aug '16 9:43:48 PM CH4S
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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015 (which included the Charlie Hebdo Shootings). It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] few months later, [[DownerEnding and again the]] following year]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming France will not abandon]] [[WideEyedIdealist its ideals in retaliation]] [[ActivistFundamentalistAntics to these attacks]].

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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_2015_%C3%8Ele-de-France_attacks 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015 2015]] (which included the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hebdo_shooting Charlie Hebdo Shootings). Shootings]]). It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/November_2015_Paris_attacks.few months later, later]], [[DownerEnding and again the]] following year]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming France will not abandon]] [[WideEyedIdealist its ideals in retaliation]] [[ActivistFundamentalistAntics to these attacks]].
13th Aug '16 9:13:37 PM CH4S
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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015. It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] few months later, [[DownerEnding and again the]] following year]]

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* The [[UsefulNotes/FrenchPoliticalSystem French National Assembly]] [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yRvm0AgvJNY spontaneously began singing La Marseillaise]] in response to 2 terrorist attacks in the same week of January 2015. 2015 (which included the Charlie Hebdo Shootings). It was as if to make a statement that despite being in their nation's {{darkest hour}} since {{World War II}} [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse until a]] few months later, [[DownerEnding and again the]] following year]]
year]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming France will not abandon]] [[WideEyedIdealist its ideals in retaliation]] [[ActivistFundamentalistAntics to these attacks]].
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