Beyonce's performance was originally accepted as containing live vocals, but it turns out that she was actually only lip-syncing along to a previous recording of "The Star Spangled Banner" during one of the most high-profile concerts of her life.
And the chatter over the National Anthem controversy hasn't died down in the days since Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as fans, musicians and others continue to express their shock, anger and, sometime, understanding over the news that Queen Bey faked it before the massive crowd at the 2013 Inauguration as millions of Americans watched along on live TV.
The newest response to Beyoncé's lip-syncing controversy came Thursday, when the hilarious jokesters at the Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel created a super-funny BLR video lampooning her musical mishap, as well as the swearing-in of Obama and his speech.
The video, which is in keeping with the group's past takedowns of presidential candidates, music videos and even the NFL, then moves on to Beyoncé's performance, at which it pokes fun in side-splitting fashion. And it appears that it's catching on, as the video had more than 120,000 views within its first day on YouTube.
The premise behind a Bad Lip Reading video is that a video of someone (or more than one someone) speaking is edited with an oddly voiced alternate reading of the person's words.
The original speech is replaced by a string of strange text that perfectly matches the person (or people's) mouth movements, such as Obama saying the following in the Inauguration takedown: "I'm proud to say, 'Yo mama took a Cosby sweater.' Elvis Presley had sex appeal. I'll do the spaceman boogie. I'll brush on my sassy face. There's two different Einsteins. I enjoy makeup," instead of the official Oath of Office.
Beyoncé, on the other hand, sings mostly nonsense sounds during the Bad Lip Reading treatment of her National Anthem performance.
The New York Post reported that a representative for the U.S. Marine band said that Beyoncé chose to sing using a prerecorded track right before she took the stage at the Inauguration ceremony.
“All music is prerecorded for the ceremony, because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a U.S. Marine band spokeswoman, told Page Six.
“We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the prerecorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
Check out the video for yourself by pressing play below: