As far as joke petitions go, this one is pretty funny.
A new petition on Change.Org is asking for US President Barack Obama to change the national anthem from from “The Star-Spangled Banner” to the music from a video game called Sonic Adventure 2.
“The obvious solution would be to rid our nation of the injustices Kaepernick is protesting. However, that would take a lot of hard work and determination that we've clearly been incapable of to this point,” the petition reads. “So, instead, I suggest to President Barrack Obama that we change the national anthem to Ted Poley and Tony Harnell's more upbeat and less controversial "Escape from the City" as featured in the smash-hit video game Sonic Adventure 2.”
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It goes on saying, “Tell us, America, would you rather be reminded of the constant violence and threats faced by the soldiers of 1812 to get to this still-divided point in U.S. history or be set free by the rush of danger lurking around every turn as you follow your rainbow at the speed of sound?”
So far just over 4000 people have signed the petition with 5000 being the current goal.
Sonic Adventure 2 was released in Japan in 2001 for the Sega Dreamcast. It later found its way onto the Nintendo Gamecube with “battle” added to the title when Sega made the decision to move away from video game hardware and focus solely on software. This was the first time a Sonic game officially appeared on a Nintendo console.