Allegations that Beyonce lip-synced "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's inauguration ceremony make her performance the biggest celebrity scandal since Lance Armstrong's doping controversy.
But instead of being accused of using performance-enhancing substances, Bey is being ridiculed for allegedly enhancing her performance with a pre-recording of her beloved voice. She was so focused on making her simulated singing believable that she even yanked out her earpiece while showing off some impressive facial theatrics.
Maybe now she'll take a page from Lance Armstrong by confessing her sins to Oprah.
It's surprising that there's been such a big backlash against Beyonce since so many other celebs have lip-synced during big performances -- Whitney Houston mouthed the words to the national anthem during her 1991 Super Bowl appearance, and Bey's "Dreamgirls" costar Jennifer Hudson did the same thing in 2009.
Bey's Destiny's Child band mate Michelle Williams brought up the Whitney factoid while talking to Entertainment Tonight. Here's what she stated: "I will say this, it's not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip-sync…my greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, it came to light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced."
The cold weather has been blamed on Bey's decision to lip-sync, but other singers have braved the cold to sing live even though they risked cracking voices and sore vocal cords. Aretha Franklin sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's first inauguration, and she told ABC News that the thought of using a pre-recording never crossed her mind. Here's what she said about Bey lip-syncing: "When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record." Maybe Aretha Franklin wouldn't have found Sasha Fierce's performance so funny if she'd performed while wearing a fierce hat with a ridiculously huge bow on top of it.
Kelly Clarkson sang "My Country "Tis of Thee" this time around, and her rep shamed Bey more by saying that Kelly also didn't use a pre-recording.
But Jennifer Lopez fought the Bey backlash by saying that sometimes pre-recording is a necessity because certain venues have "terrible slapback," and LeAnn Rimes took a break from talking about Brandi Glanville to say that singers are sometimes forced to lip-sync to ensure that nothing goes wrong.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler told TMZ, "Beyonce's so hot she can do anything. Let's just get real." Didn't he use this same rule while judging "American Idol" contestants?
Jim Carrey tried to get the Bey-bashers to calm down with this bizarre tweet: "Don't blame Beyonce for lipsyncing. When it's cold and dry it's hard to get a smooth vocal sound.That's why i prerecord my armpit farts. ;^P"
CNN host Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to white-knight Bey, and this is what he had to say: "I still don't care if Beyonce lip-synced or not. She's a brilliant singer and lovely woman - half the world's starving, folks, get over it." This is the same man who labeled Madonna's performance "gruesome" after claiming that she lip-synced during her Super Bowl halftime show last year.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, Bey is set to perform this year, so it will be interesting to see how this scandal affects her performance-is Sasha Fierce shaking in her stilettos because she was planning on lip-syncing during her halftime show and won't be able to get away with it now? And should anyone really care about lip-syncing since it's become so common? What do you think?
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