Monday, March 26, 2012

This Week in National Anthem Disasters

Anthem fails: they're not just for Americans anymore.

Deadspin gives an account of this very, very unfortunate version by Measha Brueggergosman of my country's big song:
While the average length of "O Canada" as sung before an athletic contest is a bit shy of 50 seconds, Brueggergosman stretched it to almost two minutes and drew titters from players on both benches as she warbled her way through a nearly unrecognizable rendition. 
The most cringe-worthy moment comes when, clearly dying out there, the Canada's Got Talent judge enthusiastically calls for the crowd to sing along. Polite Canadians, they do.

I wonder how the Kazakhs would handle a butchering of their national anthem? Maybe we'll find out:

It was pretty classy of the medalist, Maria Dmitrienko, to keep her composure in what could only have been a humiliating and confusing situation.