Celeb Moms Beyonce and Britney Have Something in Common (and it's not a good thing)
Oh Blue Ivy willikers! It appears that perhaps Beyoncé did not sing the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration. Although there has been no comment from the Beyoncé camp, an inaugural official apparently confirmed the rumor that she lip-synched her performance.
Now I actually attended the inauguration and I can tell you what I know for absolutely sure. I couldn't see anything, not even the jumbotrons and we left before Beyoncé even sang in order to avoid massive crowds. So my insight into Beyoncé-gate might be a hair limited.
But I do feel sort of annoyed about the whole thing.
My last lip-synching experience was Britney Spears.
Back in 2009, a good friend said to me... “Hey, do you want to go to the Britney Spears concert? The show is 5 days after I’m having foot surgery but you could always push me in a wheelchair though Madison Square Garden.”
At which point a normal person would have said,
“Well, I don’t think that sounds like a great idea. Shouldn’t you be resting your foot instead of us inadvertently crashing your wheelchair into throngs of Britney loving tweens?”
But instead I said,
“Sure. Let’s buy tickets!”
Luckily, she was on crunches when the big day arrived.
As soon as we entered Madison Square Garden, I ran into my 16-year-old babysitter, who must have very mature tastes in music if we were at the same concert.
Then Britney took the stage, and her body looked awesome. I made a mental note to have children in my twenties instead of my thirties and forties, but I might be late on that brilliant idea.
And she sang really well, if your definition of singing is lip-synching.
And that's when I realized how ridiculous it was - to spend all that money on tickets to watch someone gyrate around the stage PRETENDING to sing. I felt like a moron. I gathered up whatever shred of self respect I had left and did not purchase a 40 dollar t-shirt on my way out.
Which brings me back to Beyoncé. Look, I get it. It was cold. She didn't have time to practice with the U.S. Marine Band. It was the inauguration. But still, she is a superstar and she was invited to perform LIVE. Or else the crowd could have all just taken out their iPods. Kelly Clarkson sang live. James "I'm so depressing" Taylor performed live. So why didn't she?!
I mean, my plumber doesn't come over and pretend to fix the toilet. The teachers at school don't pretend to teach my girls how to read. I don't pretend to take care of my kids. Okay, sometimes I do. But this is not about me.
Look Beyoncé, you're gorgeous and talented and amazing. Next time, just bring it. For real.