When it was announced that Demi Lovato was going to continue her comeback by singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, I nearly did my part as a lover of animal friends by passing around ear plugs to the dogs in the neighborhood since sometimes her scream-singing probably makes a dog feel like they’re getting raw fucked in the ear by an entire fireworks show. While some hoped that Demi would scream-sing so hard that she’d scream-sing off those thirty layers of roasted Oompa Loompa Bronzer on her, Demi kept the scream-singing mostly under control and did the National Anthem good. On a scale from Roseanne to Whitney, she was definitely much, much closer to Whitney. Although, if Demi’s vocal cords were possessed by a constipated demon with laryngitis and she sang the National Anthem while getting a bikini wax, she’d still sound a million times better than Roseanne.
And as Demi let out a stream of patriotic music notes, Beyonce and Jay-Z stayed sitting as though Joaquin Phoenix won another award in front of them.
Here’s Demi doing the National Anthem while giving me the spray-tan baby of Katy Perry and Meghan McCain:
Many people did stand for the National Anthem, but some did not, including Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Blue IvyCarter.
— Demi Lovato Charts (@dlcharts) February 3, 2020
Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation partnered up with the NFL, and in addition to producing the Super Bowl Halftime show, it was announced that the NFL will consult with Jay-Z on events and social activism. As part of the deal, the NFL agreed to donate $400,000 to help youth in Chicago. The deal pissed off many and Jay-Z was accused of selling out and turning his back on the black community. Colin Kaepernick even side-eyed the deal. But while Jay-Z previously said that he feels like we’re past “kneeling,” he did not stand during the National Anthem. Some supported Jay-Z’s decision to stay sitting, others thought it was an empty corporate gesture, and some think that Beyonce and Jay-Z should have their U.S. citizenship revoked for committing the HIGHLY ILLEGAL act of not standing up for the National Anthem, and taking a check from the NFL while doing so.
I know that if I was there, I’d be standing, and only because I’d be running on over to the concession stand to buy hot dogs and booze while everyone was busy watching Demi.
And I’m going to need to see more footage of Beyonce and Jay-Z before I decide how to feel about this. Because if they didn’t stand for the ASL interpreter, Christine Sun Kim, who delivered massive amounts of grace and glamour, and didn’t get nearly enough screen time…
… then they’re CANCELED to me!