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MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Calls Beyoncé Lip-Synching At Inaugural ‘The Patriotic Thing To Do’

Beyoncé has come under fire in the past few days for lip-synching the national anthem at President Obama‘s second inaugural ceremony. But tonight, Al Sharpton responded to the criticism first by saying it’s a stupid controversy to begin with, and then by defending Beyoncé’s decision to pre-record her performance as “the patriotic thing to do.”

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Sharpton highlighted the historical importance and significance of the nation’s first black president being sworn in for a second term on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He praised Obama’s address for its focus on important social issues, and then immediately pivoted to attack critics trying to highlight Beyoncé’s lip-synching as “the big story.”

Sharpton proclaimed, “Who cares?” He said this was just a giant distraction from the serious issues Obama is taking on in his second term, while defending Beyoncé for lip-synching in the first place.

“These issues are too important for any of us to get distracted now. If Beyoncé did pre-record her song because she couldn’t record with the Marine band and didn’t want to disparage the national anthem, she should be applauded for that. That’s the patriotic thing to do.”

Sharpton concluded, “Do not allow them to have us majoring in minors and minoring in majors.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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