So yeah, watching the Superbowl last night (mostly for the commercials). Before they did the national anthem, they had Faith Hill come out and sing "America the Beautiful." I don't really like country, but Faith Hill seems like a stand-up lady and I feel the song is actually a much better national song than Star Spangled Banner, so w/e. She did a pretty nice job too; not too frilly or anything.
After the closing line, she sings out "GOOOOD BLEEEEESSS AMMMERRRICAAAAA"
Sorry to be a party pooper, but this pretty much squashed all the "proud to be an American" feelings that were swirling in my little heart. Not only was I kinda peeved that she felt the need to include that in there, but I also felt a tiny bit alienated. I know this is a Christian country mostly, but this was not her concert or a show for her fans. This was not her chance to push her god. Then all the people screaming when she sang that only reminded me that I live in a country where people (and former presidents) do not believe that atheists are patriotic.
Was it really necessary for her to sing that?
To my further chagrin, it then started a convo between my (christian) parents and g-parents about how many of the players partake in prayer circles and bible study and how it was good to see that blah blah blah. Here I was, all *best John Madden voice* READY FOR SOME FOOOOTBAAAAALLLLL and guacamole dip and instead it turned into a damn religious discussion.
Fuck you, Faith Hill. Fuck you.