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Another Canadian Butchered 'O Canada' at MLB's All-Star Game

The singing of the Canadian national anthem was a disaster for the second year in a row.

by Kyle Cantlon
Jul 12 2017, 5:06pm

Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

This article originally appeared on VICE Sports Canada.

Our glorious national anthem keeps getting butchered at the MLB All-Star Game, and it's by our own damn people for crying out loud.

Last year, a member of the Canadian quartet The Tenors went rogue and switched up the lyrics to "O Canada" to include the phrase "all lives matter." This year, a pop singer from Alberta decided it was her turn to completely destroy the anthem with a little twist of her own.

This latest example of anthem-bumbling happened prior to Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Miami, when Calgary-born vocalist Jocelyn Alice delivered a weird and downright torturous rendition of "O Canada." Aside from whatever the hell she was doing with her voice throughout the blunder, she also let out a pain-inducing giggle right after the "God keep our land" portion of the song.

Just like everyone else in the stadium and watching on TV, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak seemed to notice the gaffe and delivered his best confused-yet-angry stare toward Alice as she continued the botching of our national tune. Smoak later told Sportsnet that he was unaware of her mishap, but the timing of the death stare was just too perfect.

The only Canadian in the game, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, had his own beautiful reaction to the snafu, delivering a hall-of-fame worthy look during the painful performance (at the 0:40-second mark of the top video).

Apparently Canadians aren't the ones you want singing the national anthem on MLB's big stage.

While Alice's rendition was more awful than controversial, fellow Canadian Remigio Pereira of The Tenors attracted anger and resentment before last year's All-Star Game in San Diego after he decided it would be a good idea to completely change the words of the song, belting out "We're all brothers and sisters, all lives matter to the great," rather than, "With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free." The other members of the group later claimed he acted as a "lone wolf" and Pereira, who also held up an "all lives matter" sign, left the quartet not long after. He later apologized to the black community for his poorly thought out political statement, but the apology sucked and the damage was already done.

Can we please stop being subjected to horrifying versions of "O Canada" and just have a normal person sing our anthem next year, perhaps?