The biggest lip-syncing PR disaster since Milli Vanilli

Beyoncé lip synced ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ at President Obama’s inauguration—or did she? The topic consumed newsrooms on Tuesday.

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Following Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s lip-synched (or possibly not) rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” during President Obama’s inauguration, I was shocked and appalled—at the media’s obsession with whether or not she lip synched.

From the front page of the Drudge Report to the top story on Gawker and even the evening news—et tu, Brian Williams?—the former Destiny Child member was top of mind on Tuesday.

First, it was generally felt in the Twittersphere that Beyoncé did a bang-up job on the national anthem.

Then, the New York Post reported that a representative from the Marine band, which accompanied the anthem, said Beyoncé’s performance was pre-recorded.

However, another rep from the band refuted the claim, saying the musical accompaniment was pre-recorded. The Marine band couldn’t say whether Beyoncé’s portion was pre-recorded, according to the rep.

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