And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #52: Christina Aguilera v America

By | Published on Friday 11 February 2011

Christina Aguilera

It was the Super Bowl last Sunday. You probably noticed. You probably even watched it on BBC One, or something, didn’t you? Using Twitter as a cultural yardstick, this American sporting extravaganza seemed almost to outstrip even ‘X-Factor’ as an event which people, who had previously expressed no noticeable interest, suddenly watched in their droves.

But what was the stand out part of this lengthy TV broadcast? What was everyone talking about afterwards? Was it the main event, ie the adverts? No. Was it the sport they inexplicably put on in between the adverts? No. It was Christina Aguilera and her stupid mouth.

This year it was the turn of Christina Aguilera. And she ballsed it right up. Like a total idiot, she got one line slightly wrong and now America is tarnished for all time.

For those who’ve somehow missed this major international crisis, she sang: “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last [and then something ending in ‘eaming’ that no one can agree on]”, when she should have sung “O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming”.

Coverage of this, in both the US media and on the Twitter, has been widespread, with many commentators wondering how such a thing could possibly have happened. A few ‘friends’ of the singer rushed to the tabloids to claim that the whole calamity was down to Aguilera’s wild drinking, adding that she has become completely out of control since she split from her husband last year. All because she fluffed one line of a song.

On Monday, with all this raging out of control, Aguilera issued a statement to try to calm the situation, saying: “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”.

That seems fair enough, though some people continued to moan on about it. Things got so bad that Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, who were responsible for the half time entertainment, had to be wheeled out in Aguilera’s defence. That’s when you know things have got really bad.