If you thought Fergie's instantly iconic take on the National Anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star game was amazing, wait until you see what the folks at Bad Lip Reading have for you. As a gift to the nation on the 4th July holiday, the team unleashed their remixed version Fergie's already unique performance with some even more one–a-kind vocalizations.
“I bought some bread/ But I can't buy a kite/ So I baked another pie/ Yes, but why did I put a lot bugs in that pie?,” the on-hiatus Black Eyed Peas singer appears to warble in the clip, which includes the classic dumbfounded reaction shots from the ballplayers. Stars including LeBron James and Jimmy Kimmel could be seen stifling laughs during Fergie's original performance, which she later apologized for, saying, “I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. I'm a risk-taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone.”
In case you somehow missed it the first time, before the game in February Fergie sang a slowed down, unexpected version “The Star-Spangled Banner” that puzzled her audience and left social media commentators claiming it was the “worst rendition ever.” Even Mariah Carey weighed in, when asked to give advice on how to handle the criticism: “Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that.”