You’ve no doubt heard by now that Fergie gave a well-intentioned but chilling rendition of the National Anthem before the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Pretty much everyone, including Fergie herself, agreed that the performance was, well, awful.
The singer was quick to issue a formal apology for 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,” she said in a statement. “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.”
We were immediately reminded of another rousing rendition:
Unfortunately, not everyone was so quick to accept her apology…
First, there were the tweets…
Let's be real, #Fergie gave the U.S. the anthem it deserves right now.
I mean you see who the president is, right? pic.twitter.com/Lbkymqd1co
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) February 19, 2018
Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
@cthagod just said Fergie’s voice and brain took a knee during that anthem. Lmfao I’m dead bruh ???
— travy.™ (@AudioTay) February 20, 2018
Seriously. What the fuck do you expect out of Fergie?
— Nathan? (@nthall350) February 20, 2018
Fergie’s performance of the National Anthem is like the musical equivalent to The Room. Simultaneously the worst and best thing you’ll ever see, with a lot of awkward and unnecessary sexual tension.
— Kota Wade aka #1 creep (@kotawade) February 20, 2018
Then came the memes…
Some people were slightly more sympathetic towards the singer…
My goals in life is to be as confident as Fergie singing the national anthem.
— Benny Soliven (@BennySoliven) February 20, 2018
Finally listened to @Fergie's rendition of the National Anthem. Wow, folks have really overreacted. It wasn't *that* bad. And she shouldn't say sorry. An artist should never apologize for his/her unique angle on something. (No, I am not a Fergie fan.)
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) February 20, 2018
Here’s the thing. While Fergie’s anthem rendition fell flat, I give her enormous credit for owning it & saying she tried her best. No excuses or lashing out at the millions of critics who couldn’t sing 1 word of that song in key. Give her a freaking break. She won me over today.
— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) February 20, 2018
wait, why did she have to apologize? who fucking cares? Donald Trump takes a metaphorical shit on the flag every day of his presidency but Fergie had to *apologize*? i hate everything. https://t.co/lhIZnM2Gui
— Jen Statsky (@jenstatsky) February 20, 2018