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What was the accusation?
On February 6, 2011, singer Christina Aguilera kicked off Super Bowl XLV with a rousing rendition of the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Almost halfway through her number, though, Aguilera fumbled the line O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming, singing instead “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming (a botched rendering of previously sung lyrics). While the second half of Aguilera’s performance was lyrically flawless, viewers at home and at AT&T Stadium (Texas) quickly seized on the singer’s obvious faux pas, taking to social media to both criticize and ridicule her. Mortified by her mistake, Aguilera soon issued a public statement explaining what had happened and expressing hope that the true spirit of [America’s] anthem still came through in spite of her poor performance on the field.
Key Apologia Strategies:
I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.
Kaufman, G. (2011, February 7). Christina Aguilera apologizes for Super Bowl national anthem flub. MTV News. Retrieved from http://www.mtv.com/news/1657367/christina-aguilera-super-bowl/
Schabner, D. (2011, February 6). Christina Aguilera mangles ˜Star-Spangled Banner’ at Super Bowl. ABC News. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/christina-aguilera-mangles-star-spangled-banner-super-bowl/story?id=12854244