R&B singer Jill Scott was cancelled for changing the National Anthem lyrics to reflect her anti-American point of view.
Jill Scott, 51, performed the National Anthem on Day 2 of the Essence Festival in New Orleans on July 1. But she changed the lyrics to “O say can you see, by the blood in the streets…” She concluded with this country is “not the land of the free, but the home of the slaves!”
An Essence Festival host said Scott’s version of the National Anthem will replace the traditional version going forward.
“Everyone please rise for the only National Anthem we will be recognizing from this day forward. Jill Scott, we thank you!”
But not everyone agreed. Video footage of Scott’s performance went viral on Twitter and the backlash ensued.
Scott previously told Jemele Hill she’s considering leaving America and moving to Africa.
This is Scott’s version of the National Anthem that got her canceled:
- “O say can you see by the blood in the streets / That this place doesn’t smile on you colored child / Whose blood built this land with sweat and their hands / But we’ll die in this place and your memory erased / Oh say, does this truth hold any weight / This is not the land of the free, but the home of the slaves!”
Watch the video below.
No one should use the National Anthem to express their hatred for America.
Too many men and women have sacrificed their lives for our great nation to tolerate this.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) July 6, 2023
It is DISGUSTING that Black millionaire entertainers are claiming they are oppressed….
— BarbReilly ????- AMERICA FIRST (@BarbReilly7) July 6, 2023
Isn’t this free speech?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) July 6, 2023