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The Star-Mangled Banner: VIDEO


Canadian jazz singer Alexis Normand had a bit of a flop-sweat moment over the weekend when she failed to recall the words to America's national anthem at the Memorial Cup (Canada's National Junior Hockey Tournament). Hope your weekend was better than hers.


(via deadspin)

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  1. Wow...I know everything is 20/20 hindsight at this point, but, if I was tasked with singing the national anthem of another country, I'd probably request the lyrics on cue cards.

    Posted by: Jere | May 20, 2013 8:47:28 AM

  2. I'm so tired of whomever writes these articles without reading them back to themselves as a proof read. Today: "she failed to recall the worlds to America's national anthem." You know that spell check is available, yet no one has read the article which is being written to make sure it makes sense before posting it here. It CHEAPENS the site and sometimes I have to doubt the reliability of what is being written.

    Posted by: JT | May 20, 2013 8:48:08 AM

  3. @JT Plus the redundancy in "I hope your weekend was better than hers was." always strikes me as juvenile or jocular. If you are looking for journalistic integrity, this isn't the site for you. The "articles" here are just editorialized reposts from actual news outlets.

    Posted by: Bollux | May 20, 2013 8:59:21 AM

  4. @JT,

    I read all kinds of media, from the alleged best [NYT, etc.], blogs, to low brow stuff. Glaring grammatical, and typographic, errors are common on all of them. In the case of foo-foo media outlets like the NYT, which has allegedly the best editors, proof readers, etc., this is inexcusable. But it happens. Frequently.


    The Star Spangled Banner is notoriously difficult to sing. A professional should never forget the lyrics,but it happens.

    I think O, Canada is even more difficult to sing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 9:01:11 AM

  5. Aw, get off it guys. Everybody makes mistakes. Be human for Gawds sake! It ALWAYS so much easier to find fault and criticize . . . Does this make you feel superior somehow?

    Posted by: Mike | May 20, 2013 10:00:36 AM

  6. How many Americans can sing the entirety of O Canada? They usually get Canadian Singers to come sing at most binational sporting events.

    Posted by: Stephen | May 20, 2013 10:24:25 AM

  7. And as for a light-hearted sign off at the end of the repost - what exactly do you want here? A breakdown of how this slip of the mind impacts on the Middle East? Get over it.

    Posted by: Dylancat | May 20, 2013 10:38:14 AM

  8. I think she's adorable and recovered with grace. Stress does odd things, and she eventually recovered. I found it all pretty endearing. I hope people were nice about it.

    Posted by: Wisconsinese | May 20, 2013 11:08:27 AM

  9. If you are singing a song and dont know the lyrics--you should probably have cue cards at the ready. That being said--the poor girl at least muddled thru it so good for her.
    @Stephen-its irrelevant who knows the words to O'Canada or Star Spangled Banner--if you are tasked with singing it you either learn them or you have cue cards :-)

    Posted by: Chicklets | May 20, 2013 11:20:40 AM

  10. I remember the time the marine honor guard brought out the Canadian flag upside-down at an Atlanta braves game. Many Atlantans quickly learned the words to "O Canada" to sing the next night and help make up for it.

    Posted by: Richard | May 20, 2013 11:40:23 AM

  11. Omg, I have sweaty palms and am wincing just watching this. Poor thing.
    I absolutely would have brought the lyrics out with me. Can you imagine standing there trying to honor another country with its anthem, and everyone is waiting for you to sing the words, and they are NOT THERE? Jeez. I give her so much credit (but next time have a cheat sheet!).

    Posted by: Book | May 20, 2013 11:41:47 AM

  12. Obviously, Anyone with a 2nd grade education can write for a news "site" or professional organization nowadays. As long as we Americans are complacent enough not to care what we read, then the idiocy will continue. No wonder we are the laughing stock of the world. No one really has any real pride in anything any longer. No one wants to take any responsibility for their actions. Oh, it was a typo. Oh, it was just a little mistake. Oh, it doesn't matter. I'm calling on Towleroad to become BETTER!

    Posted by: JT | May 20, 2013 11:46:05 AM

  13. LOL. I'm sorry to say MANY hockey fans up in Canada have been quite openly disrespectful during opening game when the U.S. flag and national anthem is sung. Americans don't hold any monopoly on rudeness or ignorance.

    Any professional singer should of course practice singing songs they'll be asked to sing in public ceremonies. You memorize the lyrics. Of have something like a teleprompter.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 20, 2013 12:13:58 PM

  14. "Oh Canada" is harder to sing than the "Star Spangled Banner"???

    Dude, put down your crack pipe!

    And what the hell does 'Spangled' mean anyway...?

    Posted by: mic | May 20, 2013 12:27:41 PM

  15. Let's hope House Republicans don't pass a war resolution against Canada over this...

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 20, 2013 12:28:08 PM

  16. Canadians are stoopid.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 20, 2013 1:56:25 PM

  17. JT - read The Guardian UK and the Mail. The grammar is atrocious and the spelling is worse.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 20, 2013 1:57:52 PM

  18. Canadian jazz singer? I can't wait to see Canadian rap.

    We are getting gangster
    yes we are
    we drive the Ford to Toronto , eh?
    and clock some thugs with the Glocks, you know.
    We are getting gangster
    We are hipsters and hep cats. Eh?

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 20, 2013 2:00:18 PM

  19. JT, why did you capitalize the word anyone in the first sentence of your most recent comment?

    Posted by: ger | May 20, 2013 2:04:35 PM

  20. The irony is that this goof-up automatically nominates her for a Grammy and qualifies her for American citizenship.

    Posted by: Marvin Gay | May 20, 2013 2:20:10 PM

  21. Listen, y'all...can't nobody eff up The Scar Scrambled Bammer like a true American.

    Check out Desireé Coleman Jackson, wife of Golden State Warrior Head Coach Mark Jackson, before a recent playoff game against the Nuggets.

    (For those of you scoring at home, Mark Jackson is currently the coach of the Warriors, a former ABC Sports NBA color commentator, and an ordained minister. He was recently the target of an extortion attempt by a former pole dancer with whom he had carried on a secret, year-long 'romance'. The extortion attempt involved nude pictures that he had allegedly sent the mistress/pole dancer. There is no direct proof yet that part of a formal reconciliation agreement with his wife involved getting her an engagement to sing the national anthem before a Warriors' game, and being forced to listen to it with a straight face. That is mere speculation on the part of internet mischief makers, at least at this point.

    Readers of Towleroad should remember Mark Jackson as a man who said that he knew, as a Christian, the difference between right and wrong, and that he would remember Jason Collins and his family in his prayers regarding Collins' homosexuality. Let us similarly, knowing right and wrong, remember Mark Jackson.

    Posted by: Courtside Seats | May 20, 2013 2:35:29 PM

  22. Sorry we messed up your anthem. But when you consider we've gone from Celine to Bieber in a decade, maybe you can understand...

    Posted by: Randy | May 20, 2013 4:09:06 PM

  23. Someone on this site needs a massive enema.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | May 20, 2013 9:03:17 PM

  24. @mic

    v. span·gled, span·gling, span·gles
    To adorn or cause to sparkle by covering with or as if with spangles: Lights spangled the night skyline.
    To sparkle in the manner of spangles.
    [Middle English spangel, diminutive of spange, from Middle Dutch, clasp; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]
    spangly adj.

    Posted by: Rich | May 20, 2013 11:27:53 PM

  25. I never understand people who keep coming back to comment on how awful something is. We are all free to leave, no one is keeping you here. You can make your own superior blog. It's still just a blog.

    Posted by: Armando | May 21, 2013 11:15:36 PM

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