Image Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comBy now, the whole world has chimed in with their opinions about Christina Aguilera’s flub while singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before last night’s record-breaking Super Bowl. Even the nasty-delicious Joan Rivers gave her two cents on the whole situation: “How stupid can you get?” she told PopEater earlier today. “Christina must have been thinking about food, that’s why she forgot the words.” I repeat: Even Joan Rivers gave her two cents on the whole situation. We have hit that rock-bottom low, people. Everyone from talk-radio pundits to bloggers around the country have had something to say about it, with some of it getting rather nasty, including accusations that I’m not even really going to dignify here with a link.
To all this I have a response: Can we all take a minute and just calm down please? I’m not condoning what happened — Aguilera messed up part of the ever-important national anthem, switching out the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” with her own creation of “What so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last gleaming” — but it was just that: a simple mistake. She didn’t hurt anyone. The world is still spinning. The Super Bowl continued with its ridiculous amounts of fanfare and promotional activities and commercials and Gatorade dumping. Aguilera even apologized: “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” And it’s not even like the diva’s career is over because of the flub: Aguilera will apparently sing at the Grammys this Sunday alongside Jennifer Hudson. Can a girl get a break?
The reality of the situation is that we all screw up, accidents happen (especially amid the pressure of such a bevy of viewers), and it’s high time to forgive. If you have issues with Christina for other reasons — say, her commercial bomb of an album Bionic or her recent divorce or the shade of her lipstick last night — then you should probably own up to those reasons, rather than give into the silliness surrounding her messing up a few words in “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Does anyone out there agree with me? Can we all start forgiving Christina now?
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