John Legend Bashes the National Anthem


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John Legend on CNN speaking about BLM

John Legend calls the National Anthem “weak” in support of Colin Kaepernick.

John Legend, who’s net worth is around $20 million dollars, is yet another celebrity who disagrees with America’s National Anthem. Legend’s comments came about after he tweeted an article written by The Intercept.

The article’s author John Schwarz calls the Star Spangled Banner a musical, intellectual, and moral atrocity because of this unsung verse:

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.

Houston Chronicle writer Kathleen McKinney cited the website American Historama in defense of the National Anthem, stating

  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics “the hireling ” refers to the British use of Mercenaries (German Hessians) in the American War of Independence
  • The Star Spangled Banner lyrics “…and slave” is a direct reference to the British practice of Impressment (kidnapping American seamen and forcing them into service on British man-of war ships). This was a Important cause of the War of 1812
  • Francis Scott Key then describes the Star Spangled Banner as a symbol of triumph over all adversity

It seems as though everyone is jumping on the racism bandwagon because the word slave is mentioned in the unsung version of the National Anthem. Slaves don’t have to be black, people. The British used slaves of all colors to fight the American Colonies. It seems to me like Francis Scott Key was trying to say with the whole slave verse was: “We don’t care if you’re a slave or mercenary, if you fight for the British, we’ll f— you up too”.

Legend is a strong supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Again, no-one ever said that they don’t matter. Here is an interview that Legend did for CNN about BLM.

Legend also Tweeted that he doesn’t like the song, even though he’s one of the best people at singing it.

This is all I have to say about this situation:

  • whiteprivatebluecollarworker

    Go back to the mother land and bash Mugabie you traitorous goon!

  • Batman

    He is just a legend by name and nothing else! soon he will be forgotten and we still have our national anthem!!!

    • Nunya

      Haha I love this post!!!

  • Justin Jurek

    What’s wrong with changing the national anthem? I don’t know any other countries who sing national anthems about their flag rather then the country itself. Seriously, why do that?

  • Nunya

    He says he’s one of the best at singing this song…..I’ve heard better!! Just like he probably heard from females that they’ve had better!! 🙂

  • Susan Cadwell