We’re an office full of Beyonce fans, so last week, when we saw our hometown diva sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Presidential Inauguration, we were giddy with excitement and on our feet applauding her stellar performance. Social media sites exploded with praise for “Queen Bey,” who looked and sounded perfect (as usual). But on Tuesday, Bey-lievers’ hearts were crushed when rumors began to swirl that Beyonce had lip-synched the song.
Trying to downplay the gossip, U.S. Marine Band Media Officer, Captain Kendra N. Motz, said in a statement, “Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances.” She continued, “Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”
Another Marine Corps representative, Master Sgt. Kristin duBois, confirmed that Beyonce had recorded the song in a studio the night before the inauguration in the Marine Barracks Annex.
News of the lip-synching scandal, now known as “Lipsyncgate,” has spread like wildfire, and people’s emotions have ranged from light-hearted forgiveness to anger toward Beyonce. She’s receiving backlash for pre-recording the song and “lying” to America. Mashable published an article last week that documented people’s immediate reactions to news of the scandal, and in our office, someone used pictures to best describe their sadness.
But in all seriousness, when you look at the situation, why is it considered such a disgrace? We all know Beyonce can sing, and it is her voice in the recording, so what about this is offensive? Perhaps it is because there are constant headlines about the lies and indiscretions of celebrities, athletes and politicians, making almost every person in the limelight seem untrustworthy. Beyonce has been idolized in America, so her lip-synching is hard for fans to fathom. As we’ve said in previous blog posts, society is guilty of placing celebrities on a pedestal and when we’re reminded they are human, it’s almost like an image is shattered.
In our hearts, Beyonce is still queen. Even though she wasn’t singing live at the inauguration, we know she is capable of giving the flawless live performance that was portrayed. It’s interesting that the news of her lip-synching is still in the headlines, and unfortunately for “B,” people will not soon forget about what happened.
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