Famous Singer Hates The Nation Anthem

Singer, song writer, John Legend is defending the San Francisco Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, and his decision not to stand during the national anthem. Legend has called the “Star Spangled Banner” “weak,” and saying he doesn’t “truly love” the song.

Legend wrote on Twitter, “For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don’t and I’m very good at singing it. Like, one of the best.”

He then went on to say, “My vote is for ‘America the Beautiful.’ ‘Star Spangled Banner’ is a weak song anyway.”

The link that Legend added to his tweet was to an article on The Intercept titled, “Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery.”

Singer John Legend performs at the annual shareholders meeting for Walmart in Fayetteville, Arkansas June 7, 2013. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's board approved a $15 billion stock repurchase plan, its first in two years, the world's largest retailer announced at its annual meeting on Friday. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX10FGA

Singer John Legend. Credit: AP 

The article says that “The Star-Spangled Banner is not just a musical atrocity, it’s an intellectual and moral one, too.” The article claims the end of the rarely sung third verse “literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans.”

The third verse reads:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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