NEW ORLEANS - Singer Jimmy Buffett caused a stir on social media after his a cappella performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s NFC Championship game, several media outlets reported.
Reactions were mixed after Buffett’s emphatic drop before the New Orleans Saints hosted the Los Angeles Rams. After the final line of the song, the “Margaritaville” singer raised his right arm and dropped the microphone near the 50-yard line, Rolling Stone reported.
“Wonderful honor. Thank you,” Buffett posted on Twitter.
Buffett’s actions were met with sharp criticism by some.
“Wow. One of the worst renditions of all time. Awful,” New England Patriots color analyst Scott Zolak tweeted.
“Are Jimmy Buffet (sic) concerts as bad as his national anthem?” People quoted one social media poster.
“Bring in Danny DeVito for the Super Bowl. America is ready,” tweeted Foster the People.
A representative for Buffett “did not immediately return a request for comment,” Fox News reported.
Here is a sampling of reactions posted on social media.
after all the years of hearing people perfectly sing the national anthem, i’m ready for more performances like jimmy buffet. bring in danny devito for the super bowl. america is ready.— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) January 20, 2019
I love Jimmy Buffett but that was just a little rough. But that mic drop though 😆🤣❤️— Amy Leigh ☽ (@amyleigh831) January 20, 2019
Jimmy Buffett? A limitless field of musical talent in New Orleans and you bring out Cheeseburger in Paradise Guy???— Keith Schweigert (@K_Schweigert) January 20, 2019
What an inspirational National Anthem from Jimmy Buffett… his message is clear:— Mark Wishnia™ (@mewishnia) January 20, 2019
"Anyone… literally anyone… can sing the Star Spangled Banner as long as you know the words."
Jimmy Buffett out here "talking" the national anthem #SaintsvsRams— John Q (@JohnQ18847845) January 20, 2019
Was kinda hoping Jimmy Buffett would just break off mid-verse of the national anthem and give us a little “fins to the left, fins to the right”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 20, 2019
Not sure Jimmy Buffet should do the national anthem anymore ... just on vocals— Daniel Stoller (@realdanstoller) January 20, 2019
Quote from my Mom - “He knows the words at least”
That Jimmy Buffet national anthem was... pic.twitter.com/TXM0Nx8QkU— Saturday Down South (@SDS) January 20, 2019
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