Thanks for faking the Presidential Inauguration, Beyonce
Haven’t we seen enough lip syncing in televised performance? Where’s the satisfaction in knowing you’re doing something real instead of canned? Where’s the integrity? The confidence? The display of ability?
The Presidential Inauguration was faked.
Wait … let me be a little more exacting: Certain aspects of Monday’s Presidential Inauguration were faked … not the reinvestiture of the president itself.
That monkey business music director, composer and producer Rickey Minor stated in the piece? “There’s (sic) too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.” Bull pucky with extra cream on top. You’re a damned professional, aren’t you? Don’t you perform for a living? Don’t you walk out on stage in front of thousands of people and do your thing? What the hell?!? Get out there and do what you do best!
Yeah … I know that’s easy for me to say watching from the other side of the television screen. But I’ve been in the position of having to “display my wares” (so to speak) in front of an audience and do the best I could do without the aid of pre-recorded copy. Without lip syncing. Without faking it. Did I flub up? You betcher bippo I flubbed up at times. But when I was right as rain, I was beaming. Beaming in the afterglow of knowing I practiced my heart out and I delivered. The tape didn’t deliver for me — I did.
Again, Beyonce’s a professional. For Pete’s sake: It says right there in the article she was rehearsing for the upcoming Super Bowl! So I know she knows how to do that! It’s not a foreign concept.
Worse? The Marine Corps Band bluffed their performance as well! Talk about your let downs! I’m just as displeased with this bit of information as I am with what Beyonce pulled.
But wait … there’s more. I didn’t watch the inauguration. I caught snippets of it here and there on the evening news Monday night. I didn’t get the benefit of witnessing Beyonce do her thing “live” at the time. But what I did see was the removal of her earpiece during her “performance.” And, in light of the information she feigned her execution, this little detail really put the icing on the cake. Not only did she fool us once, she fooled us twice. In removing that earpiece, she suggested she was becoming disoriented by the music, that there was feedback, that she may have been “off” in some manner or another (which was absolutely the case), that it was affecting her ability to take care of business when, in fact, it was simply more chicanery being perpetrated.
Haven’t we seen this time and again? And haven’t we seen performers, whoever they may be, get caught with their pants down? Milli Vanilli? Ashlee Simpson on SNL? Let’s go way back: Tito Larriva’s performance with The Plugz on Richard Blade’s MV3 back in the day?
There’s a contingent of folks out there who will say, in light of the important proceedings that took place, what Beyonce did was prudent. I call bullshit. I say: Put up or shut up. < /rant >
P.S. I applaud Kelly Clarkson wildly for her wherewithal in contributing live to the event.
“I understand too little too late.
I realize there are things you say and do you can never take back.
But what would you be if didn’t even try?
You have to try.”
– Lyle Lovett, “Here I Am”