Rampartsgate: The Latest on Christina Aguilera’s America-Hating Flub

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Posted by on 02/07/2011 at 3:55 PM News

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As we reported and over 100 million American viewers witnessed last night, Christina Aguilera completely flubbed the fourth lyric of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in her otherwise powerful and melismatic rendition before the Super Bowl kickoff. Apres the flub, a shitstorm of mea culpas, rumors and mean jokes followed:

• Without exactly apologizing, Aguilera explained her error: “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place.”

• Aguilera went straight to the airport and was back in California by midnight, an NFL source told E! News, implying that her quick departure was a change of plans motivated by embarrassment.

• Fergie defended Aguilera on the Dan Patrick Show, according to TMZ, suggesting nerves got to her.

• Other sports-radio talk shows, such as WFAN’s Boomer & Carton in the morning, were less forgiving, admitting the rendition was well-done but the lyrical mistake was unforgivable. Carton and New York area callers also (disappointingly but unsurprisingly) commented unflatteringly on Aguilera’s weight.

• Joan Rivers also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take shots at Aguilera, according to Rob Shuter at Pop Eater: “Christina must have been thinking about food, that’s why she forgot the words,” mocked Rivers.

• A former Aguilera staffer told the New York Post’s Page Six that the culprit was alcohol abuse, citing an alleged incident from last month as evidence.

Perez Hilton cited this report, plus one from In Touch, to suggest—lovingly, of course, because Perez is now all about the love—that Aguilera needs rehab.

• Hopefully that’s not the case, not only for Aguilera’s sake, but also because Aguilera will reportedly join Jennifer Hudson in an Aretha Franklin-tribute opening number. The Grammy appearance will give Aguilera a perfect opportunity to mend her image—or tarnish it further.

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