National Anthem

US 2006

Since the Nazi era, any public display of patriotism is considered suspicious in Germany. For Germans, the Super Bowl ceremony along with the singing of the American national anthem and military parades makes it all the more disconcerting. The originally emancipatory power of black music has long since been used in service of the state. A veritable competition is happening on YouTube to pick the most beautiful from the hundred thousand clicked clips. Here are a few pearls of patriotic entertainment in order of respect: Mariah Carey (very sensitive, but lip-synched),Christina Aguilera (whose own performance is evidently more important to her than the anthem) and Roseanne (who should be glad she got out alive).

Video, 3 min

National Anthem Beyonce