What So Proudly We Hailed at Beyoncé’s Lip Syncing . . . (Part II)

220px-Beyonce_Knowles_with_necklaces220px-The_Star-Spangled_Banner_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_21566We 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.

Source: Orlando

37 thoughts on “What So Proudly We Hailed at Beyoncé’s Lip Syncing . . . (Part II)

  1. Insulting?!?! Gee Prof, I didn’t ever see you as such a delicate flower before. I imagine you would need a bigger fainting couch if she had done it live and pulled a John Roberts with it.

    You didn’t pay to see her perform, you were not promised a live performance, she did, in fact, sing the song. Where was the insult? Who was damaged?

  2. She was probably mad at Obama for raising her taxes and the Inaugural pay scale probably wasn’t worth her putting in the extra effort required to sing live. Just another cold, outside gig to her. It was a fake inauguration anyway, since Obama had the oath of office ceremony the day before.

  3. Out of all the things I can think of to get worked up about, this is so far down the list as to practically be off of it. I understand that it bothers some people. I just don’t understand why.

  4. Things the puppet government does, do not amaze me anymore….. Hooch or awe…… Just how close to a banana republic are we?

  5. The issue is “singing to the choir?”

    An expert says

    “It’s bunk. That lady was singing live”

    I’ve done a bunch of lip-syncing, in music videos, and it’s very easy to spot. Anyone who performs in, shoots, or edits music videos can see the tiny, observable latency endemic to lip-syncing. Beyoncé either sang live, or she’s the most gifted lip-syncer in the history of humanity.

    (Slate). So every political hack is singing to their own choir.

    That is the way of all things that work from a dynamic that confuses “knowledge” with “faith / trust”, which a particular discipline, Social Epistemology, deals with.

  6. sing or lip-sync – really don’t care, neither do her fans.

    I’d rather talk about the accusations of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton getting “emotional” in response to hearing questions.

    My take: men are perceived as angry, women are perceived as getting emotional. Some men can’t handle a strong woman standing up to them.

    However, it was a good diversionary tactic for questions she didn’t want to answer. Or maybe she finally just lost patience.

  7. Faking it in service to country when you’re really doing it for your own glorification and benefit?

    Why if that singing thing doesn’t work out for her, sounds like she’s got a career ahead of her working in Washington instead of just hobnobbing.

    Senator Beyoncé.

  8. in the big scheme of things this is small potatoes, Hillary contradicting herself in her anger that it doesn’t matter if it was a crowd, a party, or a terrorist attack then saying we need to figure out who did this. But Professor, you are correct, this is “the Disney version of an Inaugural event.”

  9. Honor and integrity seem to be words the majority just don’t understand anymore. Singing the national anthem at an inaugural used to mean something…no longer…thanks B.

  10. Next you will tell us that her boobs were not real, that her hair color is fake, that her bowels dont work regularly, that her mom and dad were never married, that Obama is not a Catholic, that America is not Beautiful, that Carmen Miranda is not a warning, that Adam is not a first name, that rockets dont have a red glare, that bombs dont burst in air, that there is no proof through the night. But when I got up the next morning the flag was still waiving and still there, so I dont put a lot of stock in all of the Obama bashing on the “morning after” and I do think that y’all need to take pills for it.

  11. Beverellie
    Pray tell, when was this golden era? I go back to the Truman Presidency & don’t recall that

    After that you might explain how recording a decent rendition of a horrible (to sing) song is disrespectful.

  12. Yes! We should do the inauguration over because obviously the President’s oath of office has been blasphemed by Beyonce!

    Actually, I was more OFFENDED by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Live.

    “In the beauty of the lilies
    Christ was born across the sea,
    With a glory in his bosom
    that transfigures you and me,
    As He died to make men holy
    let us live to make men free,
    His truth is marching on…”

    The Inauguration is a SECULAR event. What I don’t understand is why a CONSTITUTIONAL scholar isn’t commenting on the Separation of Church and State and what was an Inaugural “church service” with an invocation, benediction, bibles…followed by a National Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.

    The rest of the world must have deduced by now that we ARE a CHRISTIAN nation. Put your outrage where it belongs.

  13. I don’t think JT is mad at Beyonce. I think she’s simply JT’s whipping post for a cowardly administration with too much power representing actual threats to our freedoms. Because Beyonce ain’t it.

    And, what jmquinnn said.

  14. Gene:
    The woman Box Turtle Mitch needs to worry about is Ashley Judd. Highly intelligent (Phi Beta Kappa), articulate, degree in French and and a darling of the NASCAR racing circuit thanks to being married to a Scottish Sprint Cup driver. Oh yes, she can sing country music too. What’s not to like. I would love to see her debate Mitch.

  15. As a famous American president said:

    “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”.

    Abraham Lincoln

    * Everyone should go see the movie Lincoln, it was great. I highly recommend it to you.

  16. Oops. Now CNN is saying it is officially confirmed: lip sync. At least now I can order the staff to stand down from super secret world threat alert and zombie watch.



    Yeah. I’d pay a dollar to see that one too. It would also be great for another reason. I’ve got a buddy in KC that I can’t get interested in politics but he’s got a major thing for Ashley Judd. He just might end up being a C-SPAN junkie if she got elected.

  17. I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt but this latest bit of info changes all that.

    Just another poorly educated, poorly disciplined piece of fluff.

    Poorly educated in that she didn’t realize the honor bestowed upon her that required a genuine performance and poorly disciplined in that she did not give herself the time necessary to properly prepare.

    The final insult was to Obama but I’m sure she can buy her way out of that by contributing a large amount to his I LOVE ME library.

    One thing I can repeat with certainty … Pepsi ain’t too happy about all this. They’ve spent a hell of a lot of money on the Superbowl halftime show and it’s all centered around her.

  18. “the Disney version of an Inaugural event.”

    It always comes back to Disney or the airlines for JT doesn’t it.

  19. Frank,

    I think the movie was well done. I’m sure there are other aspects of the Lincoln presidency that should be presented as well. Ted Turner did an excellent job on the civil war as well.

  20. “This is an important event for many Americans as the symbol of the peaceful transfer of power in a democracy.”

    Democracy is but an illusion so, as I said in the comments section of your first posting, it’s fitting that it would be lip-synced.


    “Lip-syncing is common at live performances”


  21. Anytime you see or hear a Big Deal singer perform and the music seems or is more predominant than the singing, you’re listening to an “entertainer” who characterizes herself as a singer, but is really just another booty-scooting poseur.

    If Beyonce, Britney et al. are talented SINGERS, then salute me – for I am
    a General in the PRC army.

    That is all. The Smoking lamp is now lit.

  22. This is a perfect case to cite as an example of our “knowledge” being a lot like going to Ben & Jerry;s to buy the best ice cream.

    “This is the best, no that is the best, no this that and the other is.”

    According to a certain social science, you gotta trust someone as the basis of your “knowledge”, because nobody can eat all of that ice cream baby.

  23. Actually, I don’t like the Star Bangled Banner and refuse to sing it. It’s all about war. Unfortunately, it’s fitting as our national anthem but I’d prefer a country that lived up to “America”

  24. I just feel sorry for her. It was her moment to contribute, to BE THERE, she chose to treat it like she was producing product for customers.

    Like a drag queen of herself. Which would be OK if that were her act and her performance art, but it’s not.

    Like Aretha’s hat – hideous but lovable, memorable and unique – if she’d croaked out a sincere off key forgotten word garble. if she’d done it sincerely and in real time there would be fans for which this would have been their favorite performance. Seriously. To be so successful and talented and yet have no clue, no class, nor manners, it’s just a shame.

    Everyone’s heard a perfect Beyoncé performance. *Yawn.* How about what she sounds like in the moment of national honor, of consecration, secular / interfaith as it is / is supposed to be? I bet she doesn’t lip sync in church…

    In the immortal words of Bill O’Reilly “Do It Live!” (Or don’t F—in’ do it.) Seriously. 50 years from now Beyoncé will remember a fraud gone wrong and a once in a lifetime opportunity missed rather than the experience of singing for all she was worth for good or ill, risking just as politicians and statesmen (/women) should, and how the wee people must do every day. If she ever reaches wisdom with age. It’s just a shame.

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