Sunday, February 01, 2009

Live National Anthem Faked at Super Bowl XLIII

Super Bowl XLIII ended with an improvised 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds on the clock. With their sixth victory, the Steelers return to Pittsburgh after beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. But, did they really? Can we be sure we saw what we think we saw?

During the pre-game show, Faith Hill sang a "America the Beautiful" before Jennifer Hudson sang the National Anthem. Being invited to sing the Anthem at America's great secular holiday is a great honor and every performer invited tries to out perform Whitney Houston who sang during Gulf War I. Of course, everyone remembers Roseanne Barr and her live performance. Disgraceful and disgusting.

The performances of both Hill and Hudson were lip-synced. Pre-game show producer Rickey Minor

...said Hudson was very calm and prepared, and he counseled her to take the deep breath before she began so she could put herself in the moment. Although entertainers can perform live, Minor insisted that Hudson and Faith Hill, who sang "America the Beautiful" before the national anthem, use the tracks the NFL requires them to submit a week before the game.

"That's the right way to do it,"
Minor said. "There's too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance."
Isn't anything true, real, and believable anymore. The little girl at the Beijing Olympics was lip-syncing, the melting glaciers in Al Gore's movie were ripped-off computer generated images, Palestinian dead and wounded are actors from central casting, US Cabinet Secretaries are tax scofflaws who only made a simple mistake, and the office of US President is occupied by a usurper.

Faith Hill said of Hudson's performance,
"I believe to come and perform the national anthem, which is this country's favorite song, at a time that our country is stepping up and moving forward for future generations - I think it's just the perfect choice."
In the Land of Make Believe formerly known as the United States of America, where words are just words and all else is hope-n-change, what better and appropriate way to start Super Bowl XLIII than with a couple of lies? It was the perfect choice to fake the work.

Now, was Springsteen live or Memorex?

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

His struggle for breath control had me thinking Springsteen was live. I could have told him that getting old sucks.

Indigo Red said...

He was short of breath and colliding with the cameraman was definetly unrehearsed.

Truth is, all Super Bowl National Anthem singers lip-sync and dispite her protestations Whitney Houston was Memorexed, too.

Gayle said...

Makes me glad I didn't watch it, Indigo. I don't get into football, but as I usually bet on the underdog, I was hoping the Cardinals would win. Maybe they did after all! :)