Step aside Roseanne Barr and Christina Aguilera: you've been dethroned as the worst national anthem singers.
Canadian music group The Tenors gave a disgusting performance of O Canada at the Major League Baseball All Stars game in San Diego Tuesday night, changing the line "with glowing hearts we see thee rise, our true north strong and free" to "we're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great."
I was surprised any Americans in the crowd knew this was a departure from the actual lyrics, but the response was immediately noticeable.
It only got stronger--and more negative--on Twitter.
The group was condemned, people called for boycotts, and the quartet's manager's contact information was circulated.
Hours later, the band posted an apology to Twitter, blaming the incident on "lone wolf" Remigio Pereira, who the group said would not be touring with them until further notice.
What was curious, however, is that the outrage seemed mostly rooted in the fact that the soloist, Pereira, said "all lives matter" rather than his disgracing of the national anthem by changing the lyrics in any way.
Had he sung "black lives matter to the great," there would have been condemnations, but not as viciously as from Black Lives Matters tweeters who seemed utterly uninterested in the desecration of Canada's anthem. In fact, there'd likely be accolades offered his way.
After all, the left's rulebook says anthems and their lyrics are fluid and subject to political changes. That was the case earlier this year when Justin Trudeau's Liberal caucus rammed through a private member's bill from Mauril Belanger to change "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command" in the interests of gender neutrality.
That change for political purposes was somehow okay, but not Pereira's.
I think both were wrong: anthems must be a constant. It's just interesting to see how many people now have such unprecedented concern for Canadian traditions.
All anthems matter? Apparently not.