Fergie Issues A Statement Addressing The Criticism Of Her All Star-Game National Anthem Performance

When Fergie tried a seductively jazzy version of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, the social media results were less than favorable. Apparently, she’s seen the response, because Fergie told TMZ today that sultry take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t go over as she intended, but that she still tried her best.

“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 explained. “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.”

While fellow social media target Mariah Carey offered up some sage advice for Fergie in regards to internet criticism — “Darling, nobody needs to listen to that” — it seems she felt bad enough about the jokes and derision that she had to make sure fans knew her heart was in the right place.

While Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem may have seemed bizarre to those who witnessed it, many of her primary critics weren’t even around to see Marvin Gaye’s sexed-up delivery at the 1983 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. I’d guarantee that if Twitter were around for that one, the roast session would have been just as bad. Time has a way of changing perception, so maybe in 30 years we’ll all be applauding her adventurous take — or maybe we’ll still look back and laugh. Hopefully, she’ll be able to as well.