Thursday, July 03, 2008

Michael Medved Takes Issue with Renee Marie's Ethnic Narcissism Over National Unity

I think Michael Medved sums it up perfectly (with reasoned- not hate-filled- outrage) in five minutes:


Denver's City Council president is getting hammered with hate-filled messages in response to Tuesday's surprise performance of the "Black National Anthem" by a jazz singer during a city event.

Chanteuse René Marie had been invited by Mayor John Hickenlooper's office to sing the national anthem during his annual State of the City address.

Council President Michael Hancock, the master of ceremonies, introduced Marie, who sang what is known as the "Black National Anthem" instead.

Her performance evoked angry reactions among some of the estimated 700 people at the event.

"There is no substitute for the national anthem. Period," Councilman Charlie Brown said.

"This is the State of the City address. It's not an NAACP convention," he said, referring to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Hickenlooper and his staff said they expected Marie to sing the "The Star-Spangled Banner" and that they were surprised when she sang something different.

In a statement late Tuesday, Hickenlooper said: "I'm disappointed that this matter has been a distraction from the great work and significant accomplishments of our city employees over the past year and the many important initiatives on tap for the coming year."

Hickenlooper said in an interview that he spoke to Marie after the ceremony and that she apologized profusely.

The mayor also said that Marie told him she meant no disrespect.

"She blended the two songs together," Hickenlooper said. "She was trying to make an artistic expression of her love for the country. She did not intend to make a political statement or anything."

Marie sang the first verse of James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," also known as the "Black National Anthem," but adapted those lyrics to the tune of the "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Marie said she had no regrets. She deliberately didn't tell anybody about her song choice "because I don't think it is necessary for an artist to ask permission to express themselves artistically," she said.

"I would not change a thing," Marie said.

"You have to risk things. You have to. Otherwise, you might of well live your life by a script."

Hancock said he had no idea that Marie was going to sing anything but the national anthem.

"I just read off the script, which was to introduce her to do the national anthem, so I expected the national anthem," he said.

Hancock, who met Marie for the first time Tuesday, said Marie should have cleared her song choice with the mayor and his administration.

It was "inappropriate" that she didn't, he said.

"She certainly should have given the mayor and the administration the opportunity to decide if they wanted her to sing the song that she sang," he said.

Hancock said he's been getting hate-filled e-mails over the song.

"I'm getting — as if I made the decision to do this — I'm receiving a lot of hate mail," he said. "I've received quite a few e-mails that are quite nasty."

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Blogger Karen said...

As usual, Medved is spot on. I read somewhere a quote from the singer that she didn't sing the true anthem because it didn't represent her. For liberals, it's always all about them. I think as an American she is enjoying a pretty good life here. I wonder how she thinks that happened? It's not just magic.

Thursday, July 03, 2008 5:38:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

As far as the Left is concerned, therefore, EVERYTHING is up for grabs and changing.

EXCEPT trying something new: making people responsible for their actions. Taking them off welfare rolls and asking them to produce ACTUAL WORK for their dollars. EXCEPT tax cuts which have historically proven beneficial for the economy. EXCEPT building infrastructure to ensure our continued national strength. EXCEPT celebrating freedom and the positive aspects of this nation.

She's an ignorant twit, as is the Mayor.

As Karen indicated, the Left consists of nothing but narcissists.


Thursday, July 03, 2008 6:04:00 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Medved is right on the mark as usual.

It always sickens me as to how the left wil trampl on the very liberties that provide them the freedom to actualy trample on them.

No appreciation for what this free country makes possible for even their leftist whinings!

Happy Fourth of July Word!

Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely concur with Medved and Karen – but this isn’t unusual. At the risk of being politically incorrect, if the black community would spend as much time and energy embracing Americana as they do their “black roots,” there would not be so much of a cultural disconnect. In my view, this simply underscores how successful black separatist leaders are, and how they’ve made their fortunes. Our culture here is uniquely American, and quite honestly, the concept of ethnic communities should have faded away along with all the other migrant groups (Irish, Italian, Hungarian, and Greek) after World War II.

Yes, it is true we have a multi-colored society: Red, White, and Blue. The hypocrisy of the black separatist or Afrocentric mindset is that no one who embraces such nonsense ever migrates to Africa, and for plenty of good reasons. In the first place, no black American would last long in any African society – and I don’t care how impoverished they are here, they cannot imagine the paucity that is commonplace in Africa. So then, what is there to celebrate in the mythical past of their African heritage? Well, one thing … they are here, rather than there.

Black national anthem my behind! My attitude is “join us,” or “leave us.” Meanwhile, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE!

Semper Fi

Thursday, July 03, 2008 8:48:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

(sigh) The more things change, the more they remain the same. (Heavy sigh)

And the beat goes on...and the beat goes on.

Thursday, July 03, 2008 5:47:00 PM  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I completely agree with Medved. I would add that here in America we are all free to enjoy our differences as well as celebrate all that we have in common. God bless America - and Happy 4th of July Wordsmith!

Thursday, July 03, 2008 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

I saw the interview afterward with the singfer. She was unapologetic and said she was only taking advantage of the occasion to do something artisically different. I grant her that, it truly was something different. I didn't know the blacks had their own national anthem. I thought we fought a Civil war to free the slaves to become citizens or they were given the opportunity to return to the motherland by Lincoln in creating the country of Liberia. The same always goes, you're either with us or agin us, make up your mind.

The country can split up and have individual cultures go there separate ways no biggie, send us a card and let us know how your doing.

Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Excellent comments, folks!

Friday, July 04, 2008 12:32:00 AM  

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