Exactly 30 years ago, Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star game at Los Angeles’ famous Forum and it was forever changed. He received his heavy share of backlash over his sultry rendition of the song because the usual suspects thought that it was disrespectful among other things.
Fast forward to today and now you have a group of folks that are asking to CHANGE the National Anthem to R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix? Are you serious? We thought it was an insane jokey joke, but nothing could be further from the truth. It is authentic and can be seen on the White House website petition page entitled:
“change the national anthem to R. Kelly’s 2003 hit “Ignition (Remix).”
Now before you run off and sign the petition, ask yourselves what was in that weed you bought last night? But more importantly, you think you could’ve nominated a better song or is the country really reflective of the Ignition (Remix)?
There is no way in hell that a country that could not stand for Marvin Gaye’s rendition of the national anthem would ever stand for R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix as being the new anthem. No way!
The petition states:
“We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and–perhaps most importantly–that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”
George Clinton must be happy to see this. He not only has lived to see them figuratively paint the White House black, but he might also get a chance to see one nation under a groove. The petition needs 100,000 signatures to get a look-see by Congress and astonishingly enough, it’s up to nearly 5,000 at the time of this report.
According to the Huffington Post, there have been other ridiculous petitions made like the petition to get a government-commissioned Death Star. Oooookay.
Check it out here. And for old time’s sake, check out Marvin. There’ll never be another like him.