LOS ANGELES — Fergie was roasted after singing the national anthem before the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.
The Black Eyed Peas singer delivered a slow, blues-infused rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Staples Center.
The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green laughed after realizing he was on TV. The shot became an instant meme on social media.
For NBA star and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley joked that he “needed a cigarette” after Fergie sang.
His colleague, former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal, called the rendition “different” and “sexy.”
The reaction on social media was wide ranging.
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) February 19, 2018
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) February 19, 2018
Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 19, 2018
Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem was originally written by Francis Scott Out of Key.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) February 19, 2018
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 19, 2018
Even Carl Lewis thinks Fergie's anthem was trash.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 19, 2018
Congratulations Carl Lewis. You've finally shed the title of worst anthem singer ever. #Fergie
— Mike Hogan (@MikeHoganArgos) February 19, 2018
— Reggie Watkins (@ReggieWatkinsJr) February 19, 2018
Fergie singing the Star Spangled Banner…… pic.twitter.com/kZqduPiW9M
— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 19, 2018
— a gaysian in the sun (@weffreyjei) February 19, 2018
I’ve seen the national anthem performed hundreds of times but never in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” congrats @Fergie 🇺🇸💥🇺🇸💥
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 19, 2018
Not sure what Fergie was going for on that national anthem performance but if it was “my friends drunk mom acting sexy” she nailed it.
— Johnny Taylor (@hipsterocracy) February 19, 2018