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Alicia Keys Called 'Disrespectful' For SITTING During SUPER Star-Spangled Banner Rendition!

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Ugh! This really chafes our chode!

At least one TV producer wasn't happy with Alicia Keys' absolutely amazeballz rendition of our national anthem before last night's big game!

In fact, her or she went so far as to call Alicia's performance "disrespectful"!

What?! Seriously?!

Was the talented songstress off key? Or out of tune? Did she mangle the lyrics? Did she drape herself in the flag of Soviet Russia?!

No! She was a Girl on Fire — her classic kick-off to Super Bowl XLVII was FLAWLESS!

So what was the problem!?

Well, one TV producer said:

"It was disrespectful. They had enough time and manpower to think of this before the performance. They could have had her stand at her piano keyboard and sing. To me and a lot of my friends, she sounded great but the visual was wrong."

As much as we hate to disagree with an unnamed industry source and his or her friends, THAT'S JUST CRAY!

Alicia was brilliant!

One of her publicists put it best. They said:

"Alicia is a proud American and was honored to perform at the event. Her slow version of The Star-Spangled Banner was her own arrangement, accompanying herself on the piano, adding 'living in the home of the brave' at the end of the song. It's silly to see how that was being disrespectful."

We agree one billion percent!

Keep on doing what you do, gurl!

Seated or standing, America loves you!!

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125 comments to “Alicia Keys Called 'Disrespectful' For SITTING During SUPER Star-Spangled Banner Rendition!”

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  1. Mark says – reply to this


    Dear Superbowl Producer,

    What was really disrespectful was your choice of horrible commercials. Alicia did an amazing job, it was sooo heartfelt. By the way it was great to see such strong black women at the front line of this sporting event!! #Beyonce/Alicia/JenniferHud WINNING!

  2. 2

    I found it disrespectful that they couldn't even use an Amercian made Piano for Alicia to sing the Star Spangled Banner.

  3. madmike says – reply to this


    Look at that WOMAN - could she make America any more PROUD?

  4. 4

    god there are some sick fucks out there PEOPLE SIT TO PLAY THE PIANO no wonder america is going to hell … ALICIA is amazing and has actual talent

  5. Octavarium says – reply to this


    The commercials were violent and psychotic. Seriously, Oreo cookie commercial tearing up a library? Like we really need to see that.

  6. kirai1 says – reply to this


    I love her but what she did was really disrespectful. We were taught while growing up to stand in attention and sing the national anthem with pride, love and respect. What she was doing was trying to put up a show instead of singing the song the way it was suppose to be sang. Beyonce fucked it up now her……

  7. 7

    The worst part was the speed. It was like a funeral march instead of a rousing song of patriotism. She was ok, but there is nothing that beats the sound of the anthem sung by a group. I hope they get a choir next time instead of spotlighting a celebrity.

  8. 8

    What Tv Producer? Have a name? I mean c'mon if it was REALLY said by a TV producer your not in the business of protecting people name her. Does Alicia have an album or something coming out to promote? ??? I have no idea, but it smells like that.

  9. 9

    Wow. I thought that short of a cut was strictly for lesbians. Lookin' good …

  10. 10

    REALLY … Let me guess … the producer is an OLD WHITE FART. She plays the piano not a guitar. Again someone proves that C.F.S (CAN'T FIX STUPID) truly lives everywhere.

  11. hmmmmmmm says – reply to this


    so, wait… that ghetto bitch beyonce can LIP SYNC the anthem IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENT and everyone calls her noble for admitting it, but alicia keys sings it live and with pride, and SHE'S the one who's disrespectful? bullshit.

  12. cam says – reply to this


    I am so sick of artists taking liberty with our National Anthem. It was written a specific way and should be sung that way. I am sure that God Save the Queen (King) is not altered every time it is sung at an event in the UK and the same with Oh, Canada. Why do singers feel the need to put their stamp on the National Anthem. And ABSOLUTELY YES SHE WAS DISRESPECTFUL by sitting through the anthem. IF not military personnel, You stand when it is sang, remove any head covering and should place your over your heart. PERIOD.

  13. tacogirl says – reply to this


    Who Cares if she's sitting or standing?….But her rendition was slow and very Heavy-handed for the superbowl. Just awful, to me at least. OH………say……..can……..you…….see………..
    Just sing it already.

  14. Hannah says – reply to this


    America does its anthem wrong everytime its 'performed' by a celebrity. No one can sing along, because they change the pace to be 'new and fresh', they add words (to an anthem?? What?!?) and they warble on and on trying to show off how long they can hold a note. Take the cue of other countries who actually allow the song to be sung together by everyone, not just one overpaid celebrity.

  15. shootingstarnz says – reply to this


    far from flawless, i think for someone as talented as alicia keys, she did a bad job. This isnt even my national anthem but ive heard it sung much better. It was just all over the place and too trilly- sounded like she was auditioning for AI. The american national anthem is such a durge and difficult to sing- unless its a continuous melody it just sounds off- sorry to Alicia keys, i'm a massive fan but you were off on this.

  16. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Re: bobcat – C.F.S. applies to you with your comment. And please enough with the race card it's getting lame.

  17. 17

    hehehehe "chafes our chode."

  18. dear Perez says – reply to this


    please stop pushing your opinion down everyone's throat! if you haven't been told, but you have horrible tastes & opinions. Alicia Keys's performance was drawnnnnnnnnnnnnn……. oouuuuuuuuttttttttttttt……..wwwwwaaayyyyyyyyy……. ttooooooooooooo…. llllloonnnnnngggggg! Beyonce sucked! All she did was flipping her hair up & down and singing the same line over & over! She might as well sing, "flipping my hair, flipping my hair, flipping my hair… ooooo, flipping my hair, flipping my hair, flipping my hair…. oooooo!"

  19. 19

    Oh please….

  20. 20

    Was probably Lush Limbaugh spreading more hatred. After all, he stands at attention when pain killers are mentioned.

  21. 21

    Re: Hannah – I totally agree.

  22. Jess says – reply to this


    It's common sense for you to always stand when the star spangled banner is being played or sung by someone. I think they are overreacting about it but Alicia was probably just trying to impress everyone that she can play the piano. The performance would have been more meaningful and powerful if she would have stood up to sing.

  23. Anita says – reply to this


    Good Lord please help the ignorant people who are just totally clueless. Alicia was not being disredpectful. I don't understand why people have to look for any or every little thing to complain or criticize about when it comes to something like this. This was one of the most touching performances of the National Anthem I have withessed. Alicia looked calm and relaxed and sang from her heart so beautifully. Why can't people just appreciate that? Btw, Billy Joel did not stand either and I'm pretty sure he didn't get any of this kind of criticism. I thought the piano was a very nice touch and her sitting at the piano had nothing to do with being disrespectful. It just had to do with her playing it beautifully for us all to enjoy.

  24. Anita says – reply to this


    Re: kirai1 – Well I guess we were taught that unless we are playing the piano which most people do usually sit at. Some things don't have to be taught. It's just common sense. So much ignorance.

  25. 25

    Umm what!?!? Who stands and plays a piano? Anyone who plays the piano during the National Anthem would sit. What a moron!

  26. victoria says – reply to this


    Americans are actually psychotic. What else did she need? An Eagle tattoo? A star-spangled piano? French Fry keys? Pipe down people. Ridiculous.

  27. 27

    I can't stand when singers try to make the anthem ”their own”. She sang it way too slowly!

  28. 28

    People are always finding something to complain about. She could have been standing and people would still complain about something. Get over it, it's not like she burned the flag and said "fuck America." Quit getting pissed about every little thing in the universe.

  29. Nick says – reply to this


    Silly stories such as this make Americans look like a bunch of whiny babies. Not my favorite version of the song by far but calling it disresptful is just plain out stupid and embarrassing. Shift the focus to issues that actually matter, please.

  30. 30

    Re: sick_girlRe: bobcatRe: misscheriamorRe: Nick – Amen! Wish the media would stop paying crybaby attention seekers any attention.

  31. 31

    it was awful, like a funeral dirge.

  32. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Re: AnitaRe: Anita – And where we not taught to stand up for the national anthem. Why can't she just sing and not play the piano. like what I said it's not about the respect for the national anthem, it's about her putting a show. I think you should go back to school for nothing seems to have registered in youre brain and it just show how ignorant and stupid you are.

  33. arduousapollo says – reply to this


    Alicia was magnificent! The negative comments nothing but haters!

  34. ELTON JOHN says – reply to this


    you CAN NOT stand up while playing the piano, it is impossible, phyiscally impossible!

  35. Get Real says – reply to this


    Her version of the National anthem..sucks and the worst in America's TV history :(

  36. Ayn randy says – reply to this


    Tori Amos can stand and play the piano. I'd love to see what she would do with the NationL Anthem "Money is the Anthem of Success, so before we go out what's your address? … Tell me I'm your National Anthem Chica-chicka-bow-wow take my body down town" that's how Lana Del Rey would do it, before starring in a commercial for Pepsi-Cola HA!

  37. whitetrash says – reply to this


    Nothing but a bunch of republican white trash negative nancys in here. Moving along!

  38. Anita says – reply to this


    Re: kirai1 – I guess I have to say it again. Some things don't have to be taught, they are just common sense meaning they are understood, like sitting while playing the piano. She would have looked pretty stupid standing. Anyway, evidently she didn't want to just stand and sing. Who knows why. Maybe she felt more comfortable singing at the piano for so many people. It was her arrangement and with HER arrangement, at least no one could say she copied them. She did it and she can arrange it however she wants. No, there was no disrespect. Have you not heard there are exceptions to every rule, like sitting to play a piano, which is really just common sense, or I guess you'd probably expect even disabled people to stand. Common sense again. You know some of the people didn't even have their hand on their heart, how horrible that was. Oh yes, and some people didn't even look at the flag. You should really just find all the little wrongs people did and have a field day. Don't stop with Alicia. As for what I learned in school, that was a pretty stupid remark and has nothing to do with this conversation and how I feel about Alicia NOT being disrespectful.

  39. The Scammer's Child says – reply to this



  40. Close That Coffin says – reply to this


    The has-beens halftime show ever !!!!!!!!!!!!


  41. Redneck says – reply to this


    Re: whitetrash

    Yeah, just like Beyonce's the fraud stripper 1/2 time show. Next?

  42. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Re: AnitaRe: Anita – Did you read my first comment, didn't I say that I love her? I'm a fan of hers but for me wrong is wrong and what you are trying to do is make excuses. You keep on saying common sence yet you're not practicing what you preach. You felt disrespected, I suggest you read your first reply to me, because you called me ignorant first. Also to bring up disabled people is really a sign of lack of inteligence on your part. Go back to school.

  43. Condomlezza Rice says – reply to this


    This is what happens when a like Keys uneducated ghetto took the stage trying to look relevant as Obama's stimulus economic package.


  44. Do tell says – reply to this


    What is more 'disrespectful'? A home-wrecker like her or the audience ??????

  45. The Navy says – reply to this


    Her arrangement sucks…just like her new album.

    Sit down and retire with Beyonce in Vegas stripper club ! :(

  46. hilogirl says – reply to this


    Billy Joel did the SAME THING in 2007. I'm sure he didn't face nearly as much criticism

  47. 47

    piano players dont stand the only one who stand is elton when he used to occasionaly do weird stances while plays or delta goodrem occasionally stands but usually they dont stand …..name one piano player WHO STANDS TO PLAY U PEOPLE ARE PSYCHO

  48. Paul says – reply to this


    I hate all of those "politically correct" people.

  49. 49

    You can't please all of the people all of the time. The people that are complaining about the speed of her delivery, the fact that she was sitting or that she somehow "changed" the song would complain about anything. She's an amazing artist and she did an outstanding job! I would like to see some of them get on that kind of stage in front of that many people and do the same flawless job that she did!

  50. 50

    It kind of is disrespectful to alter the national anthem unless by request. Additionally I thought some of her notes were sour. She is way over rated and not at all who they sold to the public years ago.

  51. 51

    Re: bobcat – They have stands that are designed so someone can stand while playing keys…

  52. JNYC says – reply to this


    USA is the only country in the world where people can do as they wish with its national anthem, and where people screams and claps after it's finished. A national
    Anthem is something of repeat and patriotism. Here, they treat it as a pop song… In my country Dominican Republic, you would go to jail for doing this, or clapping after the anthem.
    Not to mention, they would shot down your TV shows.

  53. 53

    I don't care for her rendition of the star spangled banner. Hate it.

  54. 54

    Re: BecauseIcan – I think that might be because most people don't care for the spectrum of artists available commercially because they are all kind of one note. They do so much copying correcting and air brushing that it's anti climactic when you see them.

  55. Flopppppp says – reply to this


    It's the National Anthem, not some song you wrote , sing it with some respect..B*tch !


  56. FedUp With A Mess says – reply to this


    Re: JNYC

    Epic fail…just like Beyonce Stripper Bowl Half Time show.

  57. NoNoNoNo says – reply to this


    Talented or not…the bottom line is she fcked it up beyond repair.
    NFL should fire their entertainment people. It is getting worse….

  58. Ttatatatataa says – reply to this


    Who cares, never like her..never will. Just like Bey and her Scammer's child group! All fraud and uneducated hoes.

  59. DONE ! says – reply to this


    Big butt; no class…just like Mrs Carter.. :(

  60. c says – reply to this


    haha you Americans are so hilarious. I'd say you have more important things to worry about than if somebody dared to sit down during the national anthem. But.. I guess that's chauvinism for you.

  61. shanghai says – reply to this


    WHAT some people are crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  62. NE1 says – reply to this


    Everyone that was in the room with me when she came out with that piano had to unroll our eyes from our sockets..

  63. JKD says – reply to this


    True, it was Alicia's rendition… which is exactly the problem. Our NATIONAL ANTHEM IS NOT ABOUT ALICIA KEYS.

    I found it to be boring and all around tacky. And I actually like Ms. Keys music.

    -Sister of an American Soldier

  64. JKD says – reply to this


    Re: bobcat – :

    We have an incompetent, smug BLACK man in the White House… so what is your point? I thought Obama was going to erase "color lines" - I guess it just doesn't apply to liberals.

  65. Stacy says – reply to this


    For those calling Alicia unintelligent; she graduated high school at the age of 16 and was class valedictorian. She was accepted into Columbia University. She is far from unintelligent.

  66. Riri Rules says – reply to this


    Re: Stacy

    Too bad ..her education cant save her album …from flopping. :)

  67. Mr Google says – reply to this


    B**ch please, sing with your heart not your with old and dusty Grammy gongs.

  68. Just Saying says – reply to this


    Re: Stacy

    The National Anthem of the United States of America was meant to be sung not *performed*!!

    Intelligent? I dont think so….

  69. Sara says – reply to this


    This year Super Bowl 1/2 time show was so wrong in many level including hoochie mama performances.

  70. Stay Home says – reply to this


    That just sucked to the core.


  71. 71

    Oh give me a fucking FUCKING break! You know what I find even more disgraceful? is the objectification of women during the entire fucking game and leading up to it. Fuck off!

  72. It says a lot says – reply to this


    Beyonce pt2….these Grammy singers need a playback record just to sing live. Sad isnt it?

  73. Aunt Jemima says – reply to this


    To all the black singers/sistas: Nobody cares how much soul you have or what a good voice you have. Just sing the damn FuCKING song the way it should.

  74. Thats Funny says – reply to this


    Re: pollopicu

    Ask Beyonce…? :(

  75. Jesus says – reply to this


    Stupid ho,

    You don't change the flag and you don't change the anthem. Period!

  76. Just Like Bey says – reply to this


    I am f**king so tired of these over rated paid artists slaughtering the National Anthem.

    I wish they would just sing it right and quit trying to change something or just stay home.


  77. STFU says – reply to this


    That is why people will always remember Whitney as the greatest! Not Beyonce, not Alicia and not EVEN Mariah !!!!! :)

  78. Monster says – reply to this


    The "ghetto" renditions of our National Anthem. They are disrespectful, annoying, and trashy. Just like they ruined our country. Sorry..

  79. Close Coffin says – reply to this


    Super Bowl 2013…crapfest !!!!

  80. Llalalalalalala says – reply to this


    ************This version was better than Bey lip syncing it.*****************

  81. Monster says – reply to this


    Re: Llalalalalalala

    She should join Beyonce and that The Scammer's Child comeback. Next??? :D

  82. Iphone says – reply to this


    Blackberry sales will go down… xoxo

  83. Guinness World Record says – reply to this


    THE WORST !!!!!

  84. 84

    This is the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Shes playing the piano of course shes sitting! Some people just need to bitch about everything!

  85. Anita says – reply to this


    Re: kirai1Re: kirai1 – Yes, I read your first comment once and I'm not going back to read it again. It's nice that you love Alicia, but it's not nice that you feel the need to accuse her of being disrespectful just because she played the piano, sitting. Wow. I don't think she was disrespectful at all and you do. So there, we disagree. It doesn't mean I need to go back to school to learn anything just because I think a certain way about that. ???? Like I said, some things can't be learned in school, for instance - common sense, not sence. Now who should go back to school? You are going to think what you want and so am I, so I see no further need for discussion.

  86. cari says – reply to this


    WHO is this so called producer? I call BS. What is wrong with people in this country is making up news for publicity. Making shit up to cause controversy is SAD SAD SAD. It SHOULD be criminal.

  87. @v@ says – reply to this


    I could think of more important things to get worked up about. Critical things.
    Too late now to think of a stand up keyboard. Move on, America.

  88. 88

    Re: kirai1 – Bullshit!!! She's a pianist… How the fuck do you expect her to stand and salute whilst singing and playing the piano? Deranged Idiot.

  89. mimi says – reply to this


    Re: kirai1Re: cam – oh stfu….When have you or anybody else that has some dumb shit to say, ever seen her perform without her piano….she always has and most likely always will. i am in the military and i dont think she was disrespectful at all, she sang from her heart, and performed the way we have seen her perform since day one, and that is with her piano, that is her trade mark…..she sat down big fucking whoop!!! Who cares, all of you have something to say about everyone….it never fails, your opinion means shit

  90. mimi says – reply to this


    Re: hmmmmmmm – 1st it is disrespectful to call Beyonce or any woman for that matter a bITch, 2 she did not lip sing, in fact if you listened to her she said she sang with her pre-recorded track, the reason it was pre-recorded, was because she did not have time to rehearse with the marines, or navy…3 they played the actual raw video shot there and you can hear her singing over the track, 4 she went to the press conference and sang live, so Bey can sing, she always could, 5 she sang the national anthem in Houston for Super Bowl in 06, and that was not lip sang…6 she performed for the Presidents 1st Inauguration not once but twice, and those both were live, you cant lip sing and have a vein popping out the side of your neck, she pre recorded because 1 of the weather, and 2 because she felt that was a very important event, and did not want to take chances of any mishaps not on her part but the bands….she wanted it to be perfect, and she had to protect her voice as well and not strain it too much for the Super Bowl, which she performed live….in the words of Bey "ANY QUESTIONS"

  91. mimi says – reply to this


    Re: dear Perez – you sound like a damn hater to me, and mad because you have no talent…Bey did great to say she only had 13mins, and Alicia sang from the heart…so your opinion means SHIT

  92. mimi says – reply to this


    Re: Anabelle Whitepaws – Thank you, they have some morons on here…

  93. Bria says – reply to this


    In the end that song was not written about the slaves anyway . So I don't even like it. Land of the free my ass my people were slaves.

  94. mimi says – reply to this


    Re: STFU – Sorry but it was said that Whitney lip sang then, and she is not the greatest, Beyonce performed the National Anthem LIVE in houston at the super bowl in 06 and she did a way better job then Whitney, i like Whitney and she had a beautiful voice until she fucked it up with drugs, on that….people will always remember her to be a druggy and that she ruined her life….Bey and Alicia and Mariah are positive role models and they will be remembered….

  95. LA GIRL says – reply to this


    Is this really want people are talking about. Give me a break. She did a fabulous job and looked amazing. What a joke..

  96. Bria says – reply to this


    Re: kirai1 – oh please. First off that song was made without blacks or any other race in mind. That song is not for us. I honestly hate it . I will never love something that was not written with me or my kind in mine.

  97. barry says – reply to this


    It was amazing…singing of the Nation Anthem is sung proudly. Alicia has delivered on first class note. This is America….home of the free and brave. Of course there will be criticism. …no one is perfect muchless the TV PRODUCER who can only give a scape nickel and dime judgemental statements. America adores u Alicia.

  98. Ellie says – reply to this


    It's really sad how race has to be brought into EVERYTHING. I will admit, it was not that great of a performance. She was trying too hard and dragging it out. But you're just being ignorant if you say she was bad because she's black and uneducated. And with Beyonce, I'd take her halftime show over Madonnas from last year. Now THAT was a mess and she wasn't even attempting to sing live.

  99. 99

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  100. elli says – reply to this


    Re: cam – OR ELSE THE WORLD WILL EXPLODE!!!! Because her rendition is that important and life altering, clearly - if all you are this ridiculously offended, I cant imagine how you react when something ACTUALLY bad/offensive happens. Get a life, seriously.

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