A mere day after President Obama's picture-perfect inauguration, scandal has already rocked the White House: The Times of London reports that R&B queen Beyoncé did not sing "The Star Spangled Banner" live at the inauguration, but chose instead to "rely on the studio version" of the track. Sophie Gilbert at The Washingtonian reports:
To close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live. To press seated just below the podium, in front of the "President's Own" Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn't actually playing during the song — even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. [The Washingtonian]
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band told The Times that Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to lip sync to her pre-recorded backing track. Naturally, the twittersphere was up in arms, letting the "Betrayoncé" puns fly. Here, a look at some of the funniest expressions of outrage:
Beyonce lied, people died
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) January 22, 2013
i am a beyonce truther
— max read (@max_read) January 22, 2013
They actually recorded the Star Spangled Banner in the same studio they faked the Moon landing. twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) January 22, 2013
Beyonce, master thespian.twitpic.com/bxe3xj
— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw) January 22, 2013
A single wet tear falls from the Lincoln Memorial onto the cold hard floor upon learning Beyonce was lip-syncing.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) January 22, 2013
The Lip-Spangled Banner
— Dan Stewart (@thatdanstewart) January 22, 2013
The songs weren't sung. The poems didn't rhyme. Inauguration sucked.
— Eric Lach (@ericlach) January 22, 2013
Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem? Worst inauguration scandal since Taft's fat suit was revealed.
— Indecision (@indecision) January 22, 2013
Oh, like YOU'VE never lip synched to a Beyonce song. #GlassHouses
— Dan Treadway (@Dan_Treadway) January 22, 2013
Something something Beyonce something something hip-hop BBQ
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) January 22, 2013
Full disclosure: My whole Twitter account is lip-synched.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) January 22, 2013
I heard it was actually Sasha Fierce singing.
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) January 22, 2013
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 22, 2013