Black narcissism reared its head at the annual Thanksgiving day football game featuring the Detroit Lions.
Fans were not happy.
Note to self: If Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem at the next Super Bowl, bet the over.
Franklin, one of the greatest singers ever, sang the national anthem before the Detroit Lions’ home game against the Minnesota Vikings. That’s a pretty good get for the Lions before their big Thanksgiving game.
Franklin sat at her piano, adjusted the microphone … and sang the anthem for about four minutes. It seemed even longer.
Aretha Franklin’s Thanksgiving national anthem was really, really long
The anthem generally takes about half that long, or less. OddsShark said before Super Bowl 50 that the average time of the previous 10 Super Bowl national anthems was 1:57 (yes, for the uninformed, Las Vegas offers prop bets on how long the Super Bowl anthem will be). And singers generally take a little extra time at the Super Bowl, when performing for 100 million people or so. Franklin sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XL with Aaron Neville, also at Ford Field, and the time was an efficient 2:08 according to OddsShark. Apparently when she’s solo she feels like stretching it out a bit.
Commenter Thomas wrote at Yahoo a comment that summarizes the highly negative response to the whole sordid affair:
When can we just have the version as it is written without all the screeching and added notes that do nothing but distract. But, because she is female and a noted black singer we have to genuflect at how great her rendition was. It was not and it was way too long.
White fans are foolish to put up with this nonsense. Hopefully, the NFL’s ratings will continue to decline. It’s really an insult to the country what it’s become.