We previously discussed the insulting decision of Beyoncé to lip sync the national anthem at the Inauguration. The story has only gotten worse with time. First, it turns out that the Marine band also faked playing to match her fake singing. Second, and more recently, we have learned that Beyoncé decided to lip sync the day before after showing up late and not rehearsing. It appears that gig was not important enough to her to either show up on time or work a bit later. It is not the Superbowl after all.
An inaugural official is quoted below as saying that Beyoncé decided the night before — removing the excuse that the Marine Band was caught off guard and yielded to a celebrity conceit. It turns out that Inaugural officials had plenty of time to tell her to take a giant leap off the Capitol Building and find someone who was willing to actually sing at the event.
She made the decision after showing up late Sunday and missing rehearsal times with the U.S. Marine Band. The official said “[b]ecause she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band. It was all Beyoncé.” No, it was not all Beyoncé. The Marine Band and Inaugural committee could have refused and said that this is meant to be an authentic and live event. That rather obvious position should have been reinforced when Beyoncé then was able to pre-tape a perfectly good rendition of the song.
I am confused why there is not equal condemnation and discipline for the officials who went alone with this fraudulent performance.
This is an important event for many Americans as the symbol of the peaceful transfer of power in a democracy. It is an honor to appear at such an event. Beyoncé treated it as if it were a commercial take for a used car dealer. It replaced a symbol of unifying patriotism with a symbol of fabricated authenticity — the Disney version of an Inaugural event.
As an avid football fan, I have no interest in seeing Beyoncé perform at the Superbowl. I do not know which will be worse: her lip syncing that event or her doing it live because if is simply more important to her than the Inauguration of a president.