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Beyonce' Should Have Sung the National Anthem Live
US News and World Report Magazine ^ | four hours ago | Susan Milligan

Posted on 01/23/2013 4:17:43 PM PST by drewh

There's no rational reason to care whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or really singing when she performed at the presidential inaugural Monday. But the disclosure was troubling nonetheless.

It's not that we were all cheated, exactly. No one paid to stand outside in the cold to watch the ceremonies (though presumably the well-connected and the sponsors had no trouble getting bleacher seats). It's that Beyonce looked overwhelmed with emotion as she belted out the national anthem, giving the impression that her performance reflected her excitement about Obama being re-elected, or better yet, just pride in American democracy. The fact that she was faking makes it feel cheap, somehow. Is she really happy about the election results? Does our paean to freedom and liberty really move her? It's like faking an orgasm—maybe on one level you're making someone feel more connected to you, but really, you're just reinforcing bad behavior and setting the stage for future deception.

Kelly Clarkson looked so thrilled to be there—and to sing!—that one could not help but be affected by her enthusiasm. She looked like every kid who can't believe he or she just made it to the high school baseball playoffs, or got the lead in the class musical. Even if Clarkson is not your style of singer, how could you not be charmed by her performance, if only because she looked so purely happy just to be asked? (Clarkson sang live, a representative told CBS.)

Beyonce, meanwhile, is used to performing with a capital P, with the fancy costumes and stagecraft. Watching her take her earpiece out of her ear—good catch, those of you who noticed it and sparked the question about her live-vs.-recorded singing—indicated like she wasn't even going to pretend to sing.

Everyone else does it live. The Supreme Court justices who swear in the president and vice president—live. The speech by the president himself— live. But is Beyonce's strategy the wave of the future? Will we take a cold, hard look at the cold day and hard pavement and decide to have prerecorded speeches delivered by avatars? If it's taped, we don't get the live moments, like President Obama stumbling ever so slightly over a word, or Rep. Paul Ryan chewing gum, or Justice Scalia in that odd, 15th century European explorer hat he wore. This is why we tune in. Beyonce was chosen because she has a beautiful voice. We'd all love to hear it live.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: beyonce; bhoinauguration

1 posted on 01/23/2013 4:17:48 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

yawn


2 posted on 01/23/2013 4:22:55 PM PST by fivecatsandadog ("Six callers ahead of us, Jimmy. ")
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To: drewh

I never understand why people get in a twist when an artist lip-syncs. As long as it’s them, I could care less. Talk about less than a tempest in a teapot.


3 posted on 01/23/2013 4:24:37 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

Beyonce sang beautifully-it’s a very difficult song to sing with an incredible range. She wanted it perfect and it was. Vocal chords can be affected by the cold, too. Who cares that she did this. She can sing.


4 posted on 01/23/2013 4:27:20 PM PST by Cordio
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To: drewh

5 posted on 01/23/2013 4:52:23 PM PST by Selene
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To: drewh

Just in case there is anyone left who thinks that “they” won’t do anything to make “their” vision perfect - this bit of trivia ought to prove the point. Who cares? They do. You should think about that when other issues come up where it seems that “someone” was willing to go to great risk to create a visual that the media would like.


6 posted on 01/23/2013 4:55:47 PM PST by zagger
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To: drewh

It is really fitting.

Obama uses a teleprompter and Beyonce was lip-syncing.

America has truly reached a new low.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 4:59:13 PM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: zagger

Exactly, the truth of the matter is not the point. Just the staging to convey the message!


8 posted on 01/23/2013 4:59:49 PM PST by drewh
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To: drewh

Fake singing for our fake president. Fitting.


9 posted on 01/23/2013 5:04:28 PM PST by A. Patriot (Re-electing Obama is like the Titanic backing up to hit the iceberg again.)
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To: drewh; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Should of? If she lipsynced, then why didn't she lipsynced somebody better, or anyone, someone louder like say, Ethel Merman. Or if she's so good, then why didn't they give a chance to a homeless street person to lipsync Beyond's recording, since to the hard of seeing and the millions of radio listeners worldwide, it din't matter after all who was seen by the few who watched, and did it from a far distance anyway. For the pure shoe biz entertainment values I would have preferred Lypsinka herself!


10 posted on 01/23/2013 5:14:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: drewh
There's no rational reason to care whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or really singing when she performed at the presidential inaugural Monday. But the disclosure was troubling nonetheless.
There's no rational reason to care, but we care.

Well, color me surprised (sarcasm) at the irrational press.

11 posted on 01/23/2013 5:22:01 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Revolting cat!

This should taint her career the way betting for his own team to win cost Pete Rose his hall of fame award.


12 posted on 01/23/2013 5:24:48 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: zagger

Obama was sworn in privately on 1/20 as required by the Constitution.

The whole thing Monday was a photo op designed not to clash with football broadcasts and to coincide with the Rev. MLK Jr. holiday.

FAKE FAKE FAKE
Fake ceremonies sung by fake performers for a fake president.


13 posted on 01/23/2013 5:30:18 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Revolting cat!

I was absolutely devastated to learn they Beyonce had lip synced the National Anthem. I was even more devastated when Emperor Bokassa Hussein Obama I was reelected.


14 posted on 01/23/2013 5:31:41 PM PST by Ax
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To: Ax; a fool in paradise

I suspected that patriotic Americans didn’t bother watching this fakery!


15 posted on 01/23/2013 5:33:38 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: drewh

I thought it was very fitting - fake just like Obama.


16 posted on 01/23/2013 5:36:41 PM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: drewh

Bay once or bay twice, a recording sounds just as nice.


17 posted on 01/23/2013 5:37:29 PM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Revolting cat!

I didn’t watch one nanosecond of the coronation. Watched a lot of “NCIS” reruns and a few episodes of “Homeland.”


18 posted on 01/23/2013 6:13:51 PM PST by Ax
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To: drewh

Simple reason to lip sync, she didn’t know the words.


19 posted on 01/23/2013 6:16:20 PM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: broken_arrow1

“I thought it was very fitting - fake just like Obama.”

So true...


20 posted on 01/23/2013 8:33:19 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: drewh

Unless she was performing for free, the obvious question is was she getting paid to lip-sync or to sing.


21 posted on 01/23/2013 11:58:43 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: drewh

22 posted on 01/24/2013 2:05:10 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: drewh

Beyoncé admits singing ‘with my prerecorded track’ at inauguration.... scroll down, click video..

http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/01/31/beyonce-super-bowl-press-conference-national-anthem/1881179/


23 posted on 02/01/2013 6:07:14 AM PST by procrustes (You make Free Republic look bad!)
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