Los Angeles, CA – Fergie has been mercilessly mocked for her rendition of the national anthem at 2018 NBA All-Star Game. In light of the widespread criticism, the former Black Eyed Peas member issued an 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.”
Listen to Fergie’s version of national anthem and check out some of the reactions to it below.
(The original version of this article was published on February 19, 2018 at 8:19 a.m. PST and can found below.)
Past national anthem performances from the likes of Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson have been known to bring people to tears, but a recent performance of the song by Fergie brought the masses to tears in a whole ‘nother way.
After performing a slowed-down and sultry version of the anthem prior to Sunday (February 18) night’s NBA All-Star Game, Fergie was met with slander from those near and far.
As the singer sketchily belted out the song, some audience members at Los Angeles’ Staples Center struggled to keep a straight face.
Chicago star Chance The Rapper appeared amused at the vocal wreck unfolding before him. On the contrary, Steph Curry and the rest of the athletes on the court stared on in apparent shock.
— Michael (@richhomiecd_) February 19, 2018
— ❤️ Miss B ❤️ (@bella_baccis) February 19, 2018
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
Over on social media, the internet collectively lost its mind as Fergie endured her own perilous fight.
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
Fergie fucked the anthem up so bad Colin Kaepernick told her to not disrespect the anthem like that….
— TheGoatGod (@xceldakid) February 19, 2018
Fergie: Hold my beer.pic.twitter.com/wRVDQBYc8T
— Nate Pyle (@NatePyle79) February 19, 2018
— SM (@SafitSm) February 19, 2018
— Steve 🔥Mudflap 🔥McGrew 🤙Not A Russian Bot💥 (@stevemcgrew) February 19, 2018
My Wife said that Fergie thought she was Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to JFK when she sang the Anthem at the All Star game.
— Dr.Darrell Scott (@PastorDScott) February 19, 2018
Fergie, who has remained quiet following the debacle, did receive support from fellow singer Mariah Carey.
“Darling, nobody needs to listen to that,” Mariah Carey said when asked by TMZ about the criticism Fergie received.