Stop. Stop! Please… stop. Everyone stop botching the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner is a gorgeous song written by Francis Scott Key, and it is too often abused. No, naysayers, the song is not about glorifying war, as suggested by popular hipster rhetoric. A well-researched individual would look up the song and see there are more verses than the most popular, which people still can’t seem to get right. So, let’s hand out some awards for biggest stink bombs delivered after “Oh, say, can you see?” Here are eight celebrities who botched the national anthem.
8. Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis. This guy was pure speed. A former Olympic gold medalist (multiple times over), world champion, world record holder in the 100m dash, as well as an incredible long jumper, Carl’s second love was entertaining. He kicked around the idea of getting into the color commentary booth after his track and field career, but there’s not a lot of demand for track specialists. He also had a lot of interest in acting, so he went that direction. Carl enjoyed a few roles in smaller films, and he was quite capable as a storyteller. Unfortunately, the jock stigma was hard to shake, as was his performance of the national anthem at an NBA basketball game in 1993. He pitched it too high for his range, got boo’d, told the crowd he’d make it up at the end and then took it straight to the sewer. It was crap.