Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Beyoncé's Inaugural Performance Creates More Drama For The White House

The megastar's inclusion in the inauguration had already outraged public health advocates...
 UPDATE, Jan. 31, 2013: Beyoncé admits lip-synching at inauguration
Popstar Beyoncé is getting headlines around the globe today after it was confirmed that she lip-synced the National Anthem at Monday's swearing-in ceremony.  The superstar taking center stage at President Obama's second inaugural was already under fire from public health advocates, thanks to her being PepsiCo's global spokesman.  As she stood before a crowd of close to a million people packed onto the National Mall, Beyoncé seems to have moved her lips to her own pre-recorded version of the song, reported The Washingtonian.  The "President's Own" Marine Corps Band also faux-played their instruments while "accompanying."  A Marine Corps spokesman confirmed the faux instrument playing.  (Above, the story starred above the banner on Drudge Report today)

Beyoncé got a hug and kiss from the President after her performance, and a two-fisted cheer from First Lady Michelle Obama--and a big grin from Malia--as she squeezed by on the inaugural platform after the song was over (above).

The White House last week disabled a petition posted to the We the People site that called for Beyoncé to be "disinvited" from the inaugural ceremony thanks to her PepsiCo deal, saying the petition was a "violation of our Terms of Participation."  Posted by environmental and health activist Laurie David, the petition had 500 signatures when the White House ditched it.  Beyoncé's former work with the Let's Move! campaign has horrified public health advocates.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye told Obama Foodorama that the petition was removed not due to any controversy, but simply because Beyoncé's inaugural performance was "not something the White House actually has jurisdiction over."

"Since the Presidential Inaugural Committee is a whole separate entity that handles the inauguration...the White House doesn't control who is singing at the Inaugural ceremony," Inouye said.  

Or, apparently, who is lip-synching.

*The screenshot at top is the featured headline on Drudge Report today.  Beyoncé photo by Obama Foodorama.