Fine proposed for mangled "Star-Spangled"


Who knew singing an old British

drinking song

could cost you $25? Add a little originality to "The

Star-Spangled Banner" and you could soon face a fine. Indiana Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, wants to pass a law so all

entertainers, amateur or professional, must adhere to "performance standards"

at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" became the national anthem in

1931 and is universally considered hard to sing. Some would even say, in a few

cases, even harder to listen to. Have you had the displeasure of listening to

the "uh-oh" version performed by Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis? Or, maybe the sped-up, crowd-disapproving rendition in 1990 by

comedian Roseanne Barr? I'm sure these qualify under the "performance

standards" laid out by Sen. Becker.


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