BY SEGUN ODEJIMI
Before the greatest waste of money the jet-age has so far witnessed (I even read somewhere that the revenue from that fight was more than the GDP of 29 countries!!!) on Sunday morning, one of Hollywood‘s biggest stars, Jamie Foxx was called upon to sing the American national anthem known more affectionately as the Star-Spangled Banner.
And on a morning which saw Mayweather routinely beat Pacquiao, Foxx’s rendition of the anthem should not have received as much bashing as it did on social media. Many people, who obviously still believe that he is Ray Charles criticised him, with a certain Prince (@PrinceTaylor98) proclaiming on Twitter that “The real fight was between Jamie Foxx and the national anthem.“
That was ironically the truth as the hundreds of million dollar fight itself was boring as the eventual winner succeeded in frustrating his opponent by spending more time “running” and ducking and praising Hublot than actually facing up to the Jesus-lover and fan favourite from Manilla.
Naturally quiet and always easy-going Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) had to scream out in anger, tweeting: Said you are greatest of all time this week. Better than Ali. At what? Running away? Spoiling up close? Horrible to watch. Boring.
So, seeing someone like Foxx struggle with one of the most popular tunes in America was an entertainment relief and rather than bash him and tell him not to go near the anthem ever again, the two fighters should hold a meeting and decide on what percentage of their earnings to give the star actor for saving the day with his gaffe.
By the way, The Telegraph should apologize to Foxx for this blasphemy:
… Beyoncé, watching from ringside, must have found it excruciating. Foxx might have delivered an admirable star turn in the biopic of Ray Charles, but this was a case of celebrity tokenism gone mad.
You see? They still think he’s Ray.
Don’t mind them Foxx, you actually saved our lives.