The most embarrassing Super Bowl gaffe?

posted at 9:30 am on February 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Was it the two picks thrown by Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger?  No, even though they were the difference in the game as the Green Bay Packers won by six points, 31-25.  Was it Christina Aguilera botching the national anthem on the world’s biggest stage?  No, not really, as I’ll explain below.  J. P. Freire at the Examiner points out the most embarrassing Super Bowl gaffe, which had nothing to do with football or the show last night:

You may have noticed that Chrysler released the longest ad in Super Bowl history on Sunday night, featuring the new Chrysler 200 driven by Detroit native rap star Eminem, an ad that CEO Sergio Marchionne says cost less than $9 million. But given that the company’s CEO also announced this past week that is seeking a “better deal” on government loans, it is likely that this ad had more to do with getting political support than selling cars. Besides, is spending millions on a Super Bowl ad appropriate for a company that received a taxpayer bailout to recover from a bankruptcy?

Not only did Chrysler spend $9 million on a long Super Bowl ad when asking for a better deal on their loan from taxpayers, the CEO of Chrysler managed to insult taxpayers for not offering more friendly terms on their government bailout:

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the automaker was in talks to refinance its expensive government loans — and criticized the government for charging him “shyster” rates.

Marchionne has noted that the company paid $1.2 billion in interest on its government loans and other obligations in 2010, resulting in a net loss.

“I am paying shyster rates,” Marchionne said, noting that Chrysler had no choice in 2009 but to pay the high interest rates the government set as part of its $15 billion Chrysler bailout. “We had no choice… I am going to pay the shyster loans.”

He called the loans “a thorn in my side.”

Marchionne even manages to get his insult wrong.  “Shyster” refers to attorneys, not lenders.  He may have meant “shylock,” which is slang for loan sharks, which is itself slang for usurious lenders backed with the threat of violence.  Either way, Freire dismantles Marchionne’s complaint as well as Chrysler’s claim in the ad that they and Detroit have survived the “hottest fires” to get back on their feet:

One: Chrysler didn’t go through the hottest fires. Unless, of course, “hottest fires” means “skipping bankruptcy” and asking for a handout to protect union pensions, which it got. And when Fiat was able to take control of Chrysler, it was because of a heavily politicized deal facilitated by the president’s auto task force. It even got $6.6 billion in exit financing by Uncle Sam. Most failing businesses have trouble finding buyers. Not Chrysler.

Two: Detroit may have been through a self-imposed over-taxed, over-regulated hell, but it certainly hasn’t come back. Budget numbers still show Detroit’s books in the red, despite Mayor Dave Bing’s best efforts to rein in spending. And Pew reveals that Detroit residents spend more for their municipal legislature than any other major city in the U.S. Heck, even its library is facing a dire fiscal crisis.

It’s bad enough that we spent billions to rescue Chrysler from its decades of poor labor-relations and marketing decisions.  Now we have Marchionne complaining that taxpayers damaged the rope his company wrapped around its neck when we cut them down from the gallows.

As for Aguilera, perhaps she should have focused more on learning her lines than in crafting all the vocal stylings that now apparently must accompany the national anthem wherever it is sung:

Singer Christina Aguilera got things off on the wrong foot tonight at Super Bowl XLV, when she mangled the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to kick off the meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The pop star botched the line, “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” repeating an earlier line of the song, though she messed up that one, too.

She sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming,” but in that line, it is supposed to be “hailed,” not “watched.”

“The Star-Spangled Banner” is a notoriously difficult song to sing, though the problem most performers have is with the range of the song, not the words.

Singers have two jobs: get the words right and hit the right notes. Aguilera certainly isn’t the first singer at a sporting event to fail the first task, nor is she the first singer to turn the national anthem into a pop ballad with ludicrous vocal flourishes, which even the ABC anchor skewers at the end of this clip. But at least she didn’t miss the words on purpose, and didn’t call American taxpayers “shysters” or “shylocks” or take money from taxpayers and then gripe that she didn’t get a better deal for it.


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Aguillera pretty much delivered the performance I expected when I heard that she was singing the anthem. Hire her, or Mariah Carey, or any of their ilk, and that’s what you get.

It would have been far more surprising if she had sung it straight.

Johnny 100 Pesos on February 7, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Those dumb@ss divas need to understand something…

Singing the Star Spangled Banner isn’t an individual performance, its leading a choir of patriots in singing our love for our country.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I like to sing along… and I couldn’t even follow her leading. Horrible, horrible, horrible…

Sounded like a male tomcat in heat being run over by a car…

dominigan on February 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

As for Aguilera, perhaps she should have focused more on learning her lines than in crafting all the vocal stylings that now apparently must accompany the national anthem wherever it is sung:

That is the single most annoying part of sporting events for me. Sing the friggin’ song straight. If the song was meant to have wooeawoowoo oooooooahoooowoooawooowooo, then by God it would’ve been written in.

crazy_legs on February 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Actually, I think Fiat would have bought the pieces of Chrysler in a traditional bankruptcy in any event, and probably have gotten a better deal.

I’m not privy to all that’s going on, but I don’t think it’s impossible that Fiat got into the thing and the Obama administration took advantage of them once they had. Or perhaps you think the Obama administration is so ethical that that could not possibly have happened.

Fiat is not the UAW. I’d say from their standpoint they wanted the dealer network, the brands, and the factories, and they wound up having to deal with Obama to get them. Personally, I’m not of the view that it’s impossible Marchionne might have a point.

As to the commercial, if it brings in more money than it cost, then it was a good investment. My sense is that to a larger audience that doesn’t view everything through the prism of politics first, it will be very effective, and so it probably will.

Typhoon on February 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

They should just have the national anthem sung by the Academy Choirs every year. Can’t miss.

Babino on February 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Chrysler-Fiat reminds me of the idea to tie 2 rocks together and see if they float…..

Re: Christina Aguilera, not the worst out there by a long shot -

CA

roy_batty on February 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

As a Mopar guy all my life, while I’m philosophically opposed the the bailout, I’m glad there are still Mopars to buy, and I think Fiat’s doing a pretty good job with the legacy of the company, with new products, and with advertising.

That commercial was very well done.

To me, the biggest embarrassment of the Super Bowl was the condition of the field.

Typhoon on February 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Those trafficing in stolen goods won’t be selling them to me. Like Ed, I’ll never buy another Chrysler or GM car. My Grand Caravan will be replaced by a Ford when it’s time.

Those trafficing in stolen goods won’t be

unclesmrgol on February 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

It would have been better if they had got that Chinese panda guy, you know, Ling Ling, to play that Chinese state music on his piano.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 11:08 AM

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM

The point is so called conservatives are advocating controlling a private company’s operations because they have a public loan. I expect that kind of thinking from the Left, not the right who understand that the people are running the business are in best position to make economic decisions. All conservatives care about is that the loans are paid back and the government gets out of the business of financing private companies ASAP.

I expect a good CEO/CFO to piss and moan about the cost of their financing and to try to get a better deal. Anything less would be derelict.

Again, the fact that so many conservatives want to get involved in how a private business operates because they have a public loan is amazing to me.

TheBigOldDog on February 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Janet Jackson’s Tatas were the only thing worth watching in the last 5 Superbowls

Alden Pyle on February 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I thought the Tibet ad was pretty funny. Caught me completely off guard. There was another one with Cuba Gooding Jr making fun of whales.

They weren’t about spoofing the issue but the activists.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Typhoon on February 7, 2011 at 11:04 AM

This is what happens when the Government intervenes in the free market. They threaten bond holders with destruction in the media if they don’t accept the deal the government set up. Then, people think they should have a say in how the company operates b/c they have a government loan. It’s becomes a big nasty mess that almost dooms the company to fail. If they wiggle their way out of it and become a free profitable company again it may be considered a minor miracle.

TheBigOldDog on February 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM

which even the ABC anchor skewers at the end of this clip.

The only reason the anchor skewed her is because he’s raaaacistt, because the whole R&B vocal-rollarcoasting the national anthem thing is a style mainly used by blacks. If it was started by whites he wouldn’t have gotten on her for doing it.

What? The guy wasn’t from Fox News? Never mind.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 7, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl was probably the best I have ever heard by a pop culture person. It was powerful, joyful, soaring and patriotic. There were a couple of “styling” moments, but I’ll take it. It was fabulous.

Sandy Patti did the Star Spangled Banner at the end of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. It was the sign off of ABC’s coverage for the event. I had never heard of her before, but she sure knew how to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I have it on my I-pod. I do believe it is better than Whitney’s as she sings all the verses and it is orchestrated beautifully. It is an amazing recording.

BetseyRoss on February 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

As someone from the Detroit area, I must say last night and this morning, this ad has been much talked about around here. While I am not a fan of Eminem, others must like him, and he is “one of ours” so to speak. It seemed to the people of this area as almost a promo for Detroit. It came off as real positive around here. A chance to be proud and hopeful. I know there are still many problems with bailouts and unions and corruption…..and it being another Super Bowl without the Lions. It’s easy to pick on the negatives around here there are plenty. The positives have been few lately. I still liked the ad. No matter if there was an ulterior motive.

Sigh. Hopefully our now “Granholm-less” state can begin a turnaround.

jjjdad on February 7, 2011 at 11:16 AM

My takeaway from the Chrysler ad: Detroit needs an enema.

BHO Jonestown on February 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

I found it amusing that Vegas actually had and over/under bet catagory for how long Aguilera would take to sing the final word of the National Anthem.

Carl on February 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Thoughts on The Star Spangled Banner.

pugwriter on February 7, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I expect a good CEO/CFO to piss and moan about the cost of their financing and to try to get a better deal. Anything less would be derelict.

Again, the fact that so many conservatives want to get involved in how a private business operates because they have a public loan is amazing to me.

TheBigOldDog on February 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I take a strict stance on Chrysler and GM because I *absolutely did not* want to be on the hook for them, ESPECIALLY since the prepackaged bankruptcy that the government put them through didn’t fix some of the core problems that got them here such as the UAW contracts.

They begged for the loan, so I’m not going to hold my tongue about what they do business-wise until they pay it off and the government can divest from the company.

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Texas should have let the Cactus School Children sing the Anthem. It would have been far superior to Aggie’s butcher job.

Rovin on February 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

I grew up near Detroit and that dismal gangster commercial was embarrassing. Now I live in Texas, and this SuperBowl commercial made me Texas proud. Figure it out Michigan – you deserve better!

redwhiteblue on February 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Fox messed up the quote:
“Winning isn’t everything,
It’s the only thing”.

In a bizarre tribute to Vince Lombardi, they ended with an actor playing Lombardi saying that “Winning isn’t everything, but putting forth the effort to win is everything”. Now, this is pretty much the exact opposite of what Lombardi said. This is the kiddie-sports lets-not-keep-score attitude, which Lombardi would have despised.

This was the most embarrassing moment, in my book.

Haiku Guy on February 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Reading about the GM/Chrysler bailouts still turns my stomach. It was a bailout of the corrupt and greedy UAW, not a proper bankruptcy. Had the Bamster not meddled in it all, GM and Chrysler would be stronger today. They are headed for another bankruptcy, and hopefully it will be under a president that has some respect for the law.

Myself, I will not buy any UAW products until their vicious hold on American manufacturing ends. No GM, no Ford, no Chrysler.

slickwillie2001 on February 7, 2011 at 12:00 PM

A couple others have mentioned it but I don’t think the real cost of the previous Bondholder shaft is being made clear.

They complain that they are paying too much for their debt. Normally, you could find replacement funding in the market if the cost is truly too high. But given what happened to previous bold holders, The market is pricing in the risk not being able to collect even its LEGAL obligations as happened last time.

In some ways Ford was lucky to have grabbed its financing before the Government screwed the market. Who would risk it now?

OBQuiet on February 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

In some ways Ford was lucky to have grabbed its financing before the Government screwed the market. Who would risk it now?

OBQuiet on February 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM

There’s give and take on that. The “secured” status of creditors isn’t as secure anymore should Ford go bankrupt, but Ford is also now profitable AND NOT in hock to the government.

This shows they have the means to pay back a loan better than GM or Chrysler, both of whom screwed bondholders, owe the government a ton of money, and should have their financials taken with a huge grain of salt when it comes to their profitability.

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Talk about over thinking things… Guys, it was a car commercial.

Other than the Gangsta thing it was one of the best commercials of the night.

Diogenes of Sinope on February 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

No doubt the Anthem is hard to sing, that’s why you here all the caterwauling from these “performers” they can’t hit the right note.They may have the range, but not enough talent to use it so they wawawawawa around the note,nice trick, see how it works?,
Bob Normal,
Lead vocals,
BigLoveTomato
P.S. no I cannot hit those notes

Bobnormal on February 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I expect a good CEO/CFO to piss and moan about the cost of their financing and to try to get a better deal. Anything less would be derelict.

Again, the fact that so many conservatives want to get involved in how a private business operates because they have a public loan is amazing to me.

TheBigOldDog on February 7, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Conservatives are up in arms that they were given the loans in the first place… since that is getting involved in how private business operates.

We’re just ticked off that this CEO jerk is pissing and moaning about getting fleas after he chose to lay down with the dogs!

dominigan on February 7, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Diogenes of Sinope on February 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

A car commercial talks about, oh, I don’t know…the damn car.

This commercial spent over 3/4 of its time talking about how great Detroit was, etc.

It wasn’t more of a car commercial than this, which was more car commercial than the Chrysler one and it was also a movie promo.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Whitney Houston’s Star Spangled Banner at the Superbowl was probably the best I have ever heard by a pop culture person. It was powerful, joyful, soaring and patriotic. There were a couple of “styling” moments, but I’ll take it. It was fabulous.

BetseyRoss on February 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

For me, Houston’s performance is the model.

“Soaring” is a perfect description.

Sandy Patti did the Star Spangled Banner at the end of the Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. It was the sign off of ABC’s coverage for the event. I had never heard of her before, but she sure knew how to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I have it on my I-pod. I do believe it is better than Whitney’s as she sings all the verses and it is orchestrated beautifully. It is an amazing recording.

BetseyRoss on February 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Just searched for it, cannot find it.

SlimyBill on February 7, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Bobnormal on February 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

The re-arrange the music, drop it an octave and sing it right.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

You guys sound like leftists, complaining about advertising as though it’s some sort of extravagant, unnecessary expense.

You guys just whine for the sake of whining… Lets try to have adult conversations.

DaveS on February 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

The only way to perform the Star Spangled Banner is with a military band. End of story. Whoever got the idea that addled pop stars should be allowed to mess with it?

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 7, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Let’s see Ford hasn’t wasted money on a Super Bowl ad for the last five years, … That tells you something right there.

You mean other than the “Ford Focus Rally Pregame Show”?

MunDane68 on February 7, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Enrico Pallazzo!!

NY Conservative on February 7, 2011 at 12:40 PM

She was so focused on how many notes she could add to the National Anthem that she totally forgot to think about the words she was suppose to sing. This stylizing is getting so old I wish they would just please stop it.

fbcmusicman on February 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

The re-arrange the music, drop it an octave and sing it right.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

That takes talent,which CA has a very limited amount.It’s not range, it’s the ability to find the right note and hold it,and these divas certainly can’t, tho Fergie seemed to have strong voice when she sang Sweet child o Mine.
Bob

Bobnormal on February 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM

People get way too worked up about super bowl advertising. They look at the nominal cost and think – expensive. But, it’s not expensive – given the size of the audience, and the demographic. It’s cheap – for the right companies.

And, would you rather Chrysler NOT advertise? That strikes me as foolish.

The Chrysler deal stinks, but at least they’re building cars. What are you guys doing?

Pablo Snooze on February 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I hate pop music. 99% crap. There isn’t a female pop vocalist in America worth listening to for five minutes today; they are all nitwit divas who don’t know anything about music.

Jaibones on February 7, 2011 at 1:41 PM

“I am paying shyster rates,”

Well, (chuckling), he is dealing with the government which is made up mostly of… Lawyers.

abcurtis on February 7, 2011 at 1:45 PM

The Chrysler deal stinks, but at least they’re building cars. What are you guys doing?

Pablo Snooze on February 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Working and generating the tax revenue that saved Chrysler’s worthless @sses.

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

My takeaway from the Chrysler ad: Detroit needs an enema emin-enema.

BHO Jonestown on February 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

FIFY

TugboatPhil on February 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

The Chrysler deal stinks, but at least they’re building cars. What are you guys doing?

Pablo Snooze on February 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

So if we’re all not working for Chrysler making cars, we’re all worthless proles and our opinions don’t matter.

Got it.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Rarely watch football, so I figured I’d give it a chance. Besides, Fergie.

MadisonConservative on February 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Tranny. Plus she ruined a GnR song, of all things.

Tell me you’re kidding.

Bee on February 7, 2011 at 2:20 PM

(Sorry for that strike out.)

Bee on February 7, 2011 at 2:21 PM

“I am paying shyster rates,” Marchionne said

To the UAW? Where is Lee Iacocca when you need him?

Maybe Ford had a better idea!

As for the national anthem, Francis Got Off-Key was not amused. Next year, bring on Jessye Norman.

Steve Z on February 7, 2011 at 2:22 PM

The re-arrange the music, drop it an octave and sing it right.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 12:29 PM

No – the problem is not the tessitura per se, but that the range is very wide. In the original key (and picking the octave of the soprano line), the lowest note is Ab3 (“say”) and the highest is Eb5 (“glare”). That’s an octave and a fifth – too wide a range for many amateurs to sing comfortably, which is why I try to avoid singing along if I can.

For comparison, here are some other national anthems:

•God Save the Queen – minor 7th
•Du gamla, du fria (Sweden) – minor 7th

•Maamme (Finland) / Mu isamaa (Estonia) – 1 octave
•Land der Berge, Land am Strome (Austria) – 1 octave (and it’s by Mozart!)
•Jana Gana Mana (India) – 1 octave
[Marcha Real (Spain) – 1 octave (usually instrumental, not sung)]

•O Canada – minor 9th (octave + minor 2nd)
•Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Wales) – minor 9th
•Mazurek Dąbrowskiego (Poland) – minor 9th
•Der er et yndigt land (Denmark) – minor 9th

•Marseillaise – major 9th (octave + major 2nd)
•March of the Volunteers (China) – major 9th
•Kimigayo (Japan) – major 9th

•Amhrán na bhFiann (Ireland) – major 10th (octave + major 3rd)
•National Anthem of the Republic of China (Taiwan) – major 10th
•National Anthem of Mexico – major 10th

Another popular range for national anthems (as found by my very unscientific method of just looking up a bunch of countries on Wikipedia) is that of an octave and a fourth, as in the following (which are, therefore, nearly as hard to sing as ours):

•Deutschlandlied
•Advance Australia Fair
•Il Canto degli Italiani
[Hatikvah – if one non-structural pickup note is omitted, the range is only an octave]

I could only find one national anthem whose range is even bigger than that of The Star-Spangled Banner: the national anthem of Iceland, Lofsöngur, has a range of an octave plus a major sixth!

ClassicalMusicNerd on February 7, 2011 at 2:39 PM

They should use a professionally pre-recorded National Anthem at games.

If pre-recordings are good enough for military buglers, they’re good enough for football games.

…with the bonus that we don’t have to suffer through the torture of listening to the celebrity du jour screw it up!!!
If the celebs have to be there, they can pantomime it.

(PS – they could pre-record the halftime stuff too – and put it on the jumbotron: much cheaper and it would almost certainly be better quality!)

landlines on February 7, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Working and generating the tax revenue that saved Chrysler’s worthless @sses.

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

ZING!

itsspideyman on February 7, 2011 at 2:57 PM

The Chrysler deal stinks, but at least they’re building cars. What are you guys doing?

Pablo Snooze on February 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Not buying Chrysler products.

Wade on February 7, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Re: Chrystler/Detroit?Eminem commercial

It’s the hottest fires that make the hotest steel.

Wait a minute, I thought fire couldn’t melt steel?

bitsy on February 7, 2011 at 3:02 PM

This stylizing is getting so old I wish they would just please stop it.

fbcmusicman on February 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Agreed. It’s no longer noteworthy; matter of fact it’s trite. If they really want to make waves sing it like it’s written. THAT would be stylish.

itsspideyman on February 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Y’know, if she hadn’t spent so much time singing around the written notes of our Nationasl Anthem, she would have cut her stage time in half.

kingsjester on February 7, 2011 at 3:53 PM

They should have hired little Jackie Evancho……… not only would she have sang the lyrics correctly but she would have sung the anthem the way it’s supposed to be sung……. I think Aguilera mangled the anthem on purpose.

jordy2009 on February 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM

ClassicalMusicNerd on February 7, 2011 at 2:39 PM

CA is hardly an amateur and does have the ability to sing the song correctly.

I don’t care if it’s + or – whatever. Sing the frickin song right or don’t sing it all all. How about practicing the song before the big event? How ’bout that? It used to be called a rehearsal. Better yet, make it a damn audition. If the singer can’t sing the frickin song right, find someone else.

I don’t care for a celebrity if they can’t sing the song. Get Billy Jo from Podunk, I don’t care. If he can hit the right notes – he’s hired.

Pre-record it and lip-synch it if that works better.

The point is – this is our National Anthem. It should be sung correctly and as intended. There is no room for ‘interpretation’ or ‘nuance’ or any of that shinola!

SING THE SONG CORRECTLY AND YOU WON’T RUN INTO SO MANY PROBLEMS HITTING THE RIGHT BLASTED NOTES!

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Only problem with performing The Star Spangled Banner the way it was “written” is that in that sense it wasn’t “written” at all.

The lyrics were written by Francis Scott Key as a poem. Later, the poem was set to the melody of an English drinking song.

Just about any arrangement is fine with me. Provided it treats the idea of the anthem with respect.

Typhoon on February 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I think Aguilera also sets another record, as the first singer to GROWL while singing the anthem.

American Elephant on February 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Typhoon on February 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

And ‘My country ’tis of thee’ is a ripoff (melody wise) from ‘God Save the King’ and was also the de-facto national anthem for much of the 19th century.

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM

And ‘My country ’tis of thee’ is a ripoff (melody wise) from ‘God Save the King’ and was also the de-facto national anthem for much of the 19th century.

… And don’t get me started on how the “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” people ripped off the “A, B, C…” song.

VastRightWingConspirator on February 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Can’t stand the b!tches, but one of the best versions is one sung acapello by the The Dixie Chicks.

silvernana on February 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

VastRightWingConspirator on February 7, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hey…he started it!

:)

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I don’t understand the hate toward Christina for flubbing the words. Yes, she should have sung it straight up and not put in the vocal gymnastics. But flubbing words is not intentional and she does know the words. She’s been signing the national anthem since she was a little kid.

I gotta think that the people who are hating on a mistake are stupid. Seriously, do you think she did it on purpose? If not, then shut the hell up.

MrX on February 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM

What happened to the days when a “good” singer had a beautiful voice and sang the words of a song without all the vocal masturbation “Woah Ohhhh Ohoaoooaoo Ohhhhh Woooaaah Ohhh WoahoooOOO”

Karen Carpenter could sing better than any of these fools.

Scrappy on February 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

“Glee” star Lea Michele sang “America the Beautiful” and was the only performer worth watching. The rest were just painfully awful.

Highplains on February 7, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Karen Carpenter could sing better than any of these fools.

Scrappy on February 7, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Carly Simon is still around.

And for the record, I liked “The Capenters”. I also like Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.

Don’t ask.

BobMbx on February 7, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I don’t understand the hate toward Christina for flubbing the words. Yes, she should have sung it straight up and not put in the vocal gymnastics. But flubbing words is not intentional and she does know the words. She’s been signing the national anthem since she was a little kid.

I gotta think that the people who are hating on a mistake are stupid. Seriously, do you think she did it on purpose? If not, then shut the hell up.

Skank is the word that I usually think of first.

Highplains on February 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM

At least she wasn’t gyrating and imitating a porn scene like most of all her other stuff. That’s the only good side.

Bleed_thelizard on February 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

On CA: She should be extremely embarrassed for two reasons, one she didn’t know/remember the words, which is absolutely unforgivable for a professional (see Elvis flubbing his own songs) or any American. Two, she obviously hadn’t been through a rehearsal or someone with the event planning would have made certain that she was well prepared. Divas can’t be given direction I suppose…but they can be forgiven as long as they can perform without said direction/practice, CA couldn’t so shame on her. I wonder if a singer for any other country would screw up their national anthem if they were singing for the World Cup finals or the Olympics…can you imagine, it just wouldn’t happen. Seems like there are too many young Americans that have been brought up to hate/dislike the US…all I know is, if/when my oldest daughter sings the national anthem for some sporting event some day, she’ll do her dad and her country proud (she sings it in the shower sometimes).

On Chrysler commercial: Car companies need to advertise. Especially when you have a new product line coming out…this was THE biggest advertising spot in the world, if they are going to spend their money to make a commercial and get some impact, the smart thing to do is to advertise during the SB. Smart business if you ask me, you often have to spend money to make money. While I won’t buy one, the 200 did look pretty attractive, and they got a ‘spokesman’ that is pretty influential with perhaps the sector they were aiming the commercial at. I think the idea was to say that they are going to come back strong. I hope that Fiat pays back the US as soon as possible so that they can get that albatross from around their neck, otherwise, I hope that they actually choose to go into bankruptcy next time; re-work the union bids (or don’t hire union), re-org the management structure, and get the cars down to a simply set of 5 models, SUV, compact, sedan/luxury, truck and coupe/sports model (you’ll notice I didn’t include a hybrid/electric model).

Geministorm on February 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Why no mention that “shyster” and “Shylock” (from The Merchant of Venice) are notoriously anti Semitic slurs ??

teacherman on February 7, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I don’t know…I thought Timothy Hutton’s tasteless commercial using Tibet to hock dining deals was a pretty big gaffee too.

I don’t think a culture being threatened by the Chinese communists is a great way to sell a product…

englishqueen01 on February 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I don’t know…I thought Timothy Hutton’s tasteless commercial using Tibet to hock dining deals was a pretty big gaffee too.

Agreed – tasteless dining.

Highplains on February 7, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Singers have two jobs: get the words right and hit the right notes. Aguilera certainly isn’t the first singer at a sporting event to fail the first task, nor is she the first singer to turn the national anthem into a pop ballad with ludicrous vocal flourishes, which even the ABC anchor skewers at the end of this clip.

Aguilera could have had a teleprompter had she requested a la Obama requirement at any appearance.

Or she could have written a few key words on her palm a la Palin to keep the sequence of lyrics in order.

Or she could have spent the time LEARNING the words before faking them live at the nation’s Superbowl.

As per the over-embellished mannerisms, the Superbowl specifically hired those for performance. That’s her trademark style, no surprise. It’s been the popular fad for years now, with a following of wannabe singers who think the loss of melody is “expressive”.

Direct complaints to the Superbowl management for choosing a pig wearing lipstick to sing the national anthem yesterday.

maverick muse on February 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Tip for Aguilera:

Taking lessons from Rosanne Barr is not working well.

Wade on February 7, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Working and generating the tax revenue that saved Chrysler’s worthless @sses.

teke184 on February 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Touché. Fair point.

I just meant that at least those loans went for something. Most gov’t spending goes for nothing. Sure, bankruptcy would have been better. Sure, halving (or more) the union pensions would have been better. Sure, not reaming the Chrysler bondholders would have been better (I’m particularly pissed about that last one, btw.)

But, we never get the gov’t we want – not even close.

Just seems too many people snipe and complain rather than do anything about it. But, the complaining isn’t anything. At least building cars is something.

And the Groupon commercial about those suffering in Tibet went beyond embarrassing. It was shameful.

Pablo Snooze on February 7, 2011 at 6:30 PM

At least she wasn’t gyrating and imitating a porn scene like most of all her other stuff. That’s the only good side.

Bleed_thelizard on February 7, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Too much plasic in too many places for that

Wade on February 7, 2011 at 6:31 PM

All of the ads at the Superbowl were awful with one exception that was tolerable (Coke without borders a la “tolerance” for others, wink wink, can’t we all just get along?).

There is no excuse for throwing a baby against glass, ever. No humor, not even “sick” humor in that. Nor is there any reason to teach children to throw hard objects at people (started with the damned cell phone ad years ago) or show them that it’s “fun” to tease and harm pets.

maverick muse on February 7, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Kia ad was good, maybe the best.

Highplains on February 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Carly Simon is still around.

She hasn’t the vocal range. Neither does Carole King. Too much smoking. Of that era, Joanie Mitchell could, still. But she’s no football freak. And from that era, either crooner Paul Simon or James Taylor possibly could. But they’re not into the football scene, either, so far as public image goes. Sometimes minimalist effects are strongest, particularly in contrast to the over abundance of grotesque loss of melody via self indulgent espressivity.

They could hire the NYC singing cop with the great voice who’s sung publicly on air.

Cut to the chase since the management wants to make the event as if a Gala.

Hire an opera star to sing it. Let a real pro do the song justice. It isn’t as if all opera singers are an eyesore. The beautiful diva Renée Fleming was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania and grew up in Rochester, New York.

maverick muse on February 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Highplains on February 7, 2011 at 6:41 PM

…I finally turned off the game before it ended.

Not surprising, though disgusting, that the heinous ads were by American agencies promoting American products. These guys are the ones who voted for Obama and still believe in HopeyChange.

maverick muse on February 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM

How about suggestions?

Carry Underwood? –> I bet just about any country/western star singer would do the job right, with respect and probably bring a few tears…and this is coming from someone that is no fan of country.

Harry Connick Jr.?

Aretha Franklin/Patti La Belle/Whitney Houston (part 2)? –> the original divas would NEVER screw up the national anthem, I’d bet money on it.

Geministorm on February 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I think we need to outsource another job to Asia. This 16 year old from the Philippines knocked it of the park and she even knew all the lyrics. Charice

peterargus on February 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I guess the ad with the Darth Vader kid was over the top for those of you who are just appalled and shocked parents would allow their children to dress in such a manner emulating the violent performance of the evil Sith Lord.

Not to mention how the father shamelessly fools his child into believing, even for an instant, that he is capable of wielding such evil and incredible power. TALK ABOUT A TOTAL MIND (BLEEP)!

Notice how the mother didn’t indulge her child’s obvious psychological need for a more controlling atmosphere by condescendingly pushing the bowl of gruel in front of the child in direct contravention to his attempt at wielding evil mind powers to garner the measure of control he is assuredly lacking from this pitiful excuse of a family environment!

Or that this child would also attempt to destroy yet another toy baby and inflict untold suffering on the family dog. Was the Humane Society on set to make sure the dogs rights were respected during the filming of this peaen to American greed and corporatism?!

THE HORROR!!!! THE HORROR!!!!

catmman on February 7, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Christina Aguilera and anybody else who plans to sing our national anthem in front of a stadium full of fellow Americans should take a trip to Fort McHenry in Baltimore Maryland so they can learn why the words to the Star Spangled Banner are so important and what those words mean.

http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

wren on February 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Didn’t Christina used to be hot, and stuff?

Lady; sing the song and get off the field. N’ kay?

Mojave Mark on February 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I hate Christlers. Nothing compares to my Acura/Toyota collection, I tell you.

The Steeler fans who love imported goods have it right! Who thunk sucking fingers was a gaffe? Ed didn’t notice, apparently.

I think we should boycott all domestic products except stuff like Doritos and hope they start cooking them in Tijuana.

We don’t need no stinking fair trade or jobs in this country.

IlikedAUH2O on February 8, 2011 at 8:06 AM

@IlikedGoldwater,

Heh, I forgot about that one, but really the Doritos commercial was the most disturbing…my wife and I both kind of blanched, I guess in modern society that would be considered sexual harassment, in a previous day that would have been invading my personal space and would have got the guy punched. Upon seeing the second scene, I really started to think that Doritos was making some sort of sexual innuendo commercial, sucking another guy’s finger, ripping off some guy’s pants to sniff and lick the pocket/waist/crouch region…yeah, pretty nasty. Apparently the best part of eating Doritos is sucking your buddy’s “finger”.

Geministorm on February 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM

one of the best versions is one sung acapello by the The Dixie Chicks.

silvernana on February 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I agree. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU5AYcAhvyo

By the way, it’s a capella… because they’re female :-)

factoid on February 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Actually, this one by Faith Hill is pretty good too.

factoid on February 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Seriously people, it was an honest mistake. It’s not as if she hurt someone.
It really isn’t that serious.

mmcnamer1 on February 8, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Maybe Marchionne takes his queues from Burlescone.

woodNfish on February 8, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Since I was watching it on DVR, I skipped that stuff and when I saw how the hslftime show began, I skipped that too.

But I did hear Ed botch the words on Hugh Hewitt’s show. Wisely he quit before the highest note. I would never bet on anything with Hugh, because he never lets you live it down. Clint Howard reminded him that Cleveland has never made it to the Super Bowl. I smiled.

As for the Chrysler ad, I thought it was disingenuous to say the least. I’ve always thought that “shyster” derived from the German word for sh*t, scheisse. It definitely isn’t limited to lawyers, but can refer to lenders, used car and real estate salesmen, and any business man who practices dishonest or overreaching methods.

flataffect on February 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

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