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Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Subject: Superbowl Sunday

Can we hear a big AMEN.....................I hope this keeps being forwarded until it reaches someone at the network that might consider doing it correctly!
Superbowl Sunday Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:22:07 -0500 From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan: "So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in kindergarten - straight up, no styling. "Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world. Don't make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification. Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love - not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician. They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage. Sing 'The Star Spangled Banner' with the courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you. And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual. We're getting a little weary of that. Francis Scott Key does not need any help." Semper Fi !


bj said...

I was Okay with all of that ... until the divisive, racist reference. They just can't be completely proper and correct all the time, can they? I suppose that's why they are called "The (Seldom) Right".

Anonymous said...

But isn't the anthem being performed by opera star Renee Fleming this year? Don't know how much we have to worry about "physical gyrations" from her.

Anonymous said...

As an active, pro-slavery advocate I think Francis Scott Key did need a little help.
But I guess someone who still thinks the word "Negro" is acceptable has no problem with that.

Anonymous said...

The Marines seem to have a lot of time on their hands these days, eh?

gruaud said...

That was an op/ed written by Mark Corallo, who was a spin doctor for Karl Rove and Scooter Libby during the outing of Valerie Plame.

ferschitz said...

It's not racist to use the nomenclature "Negro Spiritual" when referring to traditional African American gospel songs and singing, mostly evolving out of slavery.


The use of this terminology in this screed, however, belies the fact that whoever wrote it is full of sh*t and intends to be a racist @sshole. True Negro Spirituals hold little relationship to pop stars singing their types of songs, and yes, typically gyrating on stage in scanty clothing.

I, too, don't particularly "mind" what's being requested until, of course, we get to the red meat tossed out to the bigoted, racist base who, it appears, simply cannot do anything without having to exhibit their nasty narrow-minded & rather insane racism.

Go Eff yourselves, how 'bout it?

And yes, these pesky "Marines" certainly do seem to have a hella lotta time of their hands these days, don't they??

Hooray4US said...


At least Corallo didn't use the Negro Spiritual "slur" in his 2011 Op Ed. That was added later by some rightwing think tank who created the email forward. This later morphed into adding gravitas by attributing it to a Marine in Afghanistan.

CharlieE said...

A few thoughts:

1. It's "Super Bowl", not "Superbowl."
2. "from a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan"...none of whom have names. Funny thing, that.
3. Why are we singing the national anthem at sporting events?
4. Why do we have a song about war as our national anthem?
5. Francis Scott Key did need help; he only wrote the lyrics. The melody was appropriated from elsewhere.
6. Bonus rant: Why are we singing God Bless America during baseball games now? Gotta be weird for the large number of players in Major League Baseball who aren't Americans.

That is all.

Anoner said...

The "superbowl" has turned into one gargantuan money-making extravaganza effectively conflating ersatz patriotism with fascist corporate consumerism on steroids. Seems like it has not much to do with football except as a back-drop to all the costly commercials & overpaid musical acts.

Why aren't these phoney patriotic-y conservatives vetching about the commercialization of the Nat'l Anthem?

Anonymous said...

Paging Bill O'Reilly & Rush: heathen sluts declaring War on Superbowl National Anthem by singing in Negro Spiritual style.

Schitzengiggles said...

I have no problem with the calling out of the pop divas for their vocal gymnastics with the Anthem as I find it distasteful but that's me. This screed however goes a bit too far to a racist rant which is typical of many RWFs.

Next Level said...

Maybe we can get these chagrined "Marines" to complain about Chris Christie - now proven to know about the Bridge Lane closings in Ft Lee NJ - using his considerable weight to host a big old par-tay in a luxury box at the "Superbowl" this Sunday?



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