A petition has been launched requesting that the White House adopt R. Kelly’s timeless opus to the freakin’ weekend as the country’s new national anthem.
I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
S.R. of Wilmington, North Carolina created the petition to replace The Star Spangled Banner with the “Ignition (Remix)” on the song’s 10th birthday, and it already has more than 4,000 signatures from people asking Obama to “recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen.”
“America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814,” says the petition. “Since then, we have realised that after the show, it’s the afterparty, and that after the party, it’s the hotel lobby, and – perhaps most importantly – that ’round about four, you’ve got to clear the lobby, at which point it’s strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody.”
It concludes: “President Obama: we ask you to recognise the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.”
If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures by its April 2 deadline, and I pray that it does, the White House is semi-technically obligated to respond, though the administration has been known to ignore some that make a mockery of its system. In other words, bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “IGNITION (REMIX)” BELOW:
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