Yesha Callahan

Ciara Sang The National Anthem And Folks Were Upset For More Reasons Than You Think

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Ciara drew some partially unwanted attention with the low-cut, cleavage baring dress she chose to wear to sing the National Anthem at the college football National Championship game yesterday evening. ESPN’s Bonnie Bernstein tweeted, “Dear Ciara. You’re stunning. But this is a National Championship Game. Kids are watching. Cover up.” Another former ESPNer, Jason Whitlock (), echoed Bernstein’s sentiments, calling the dress “inappropriate” and stating that the game was not the right venue for “nudity.”

Her boyfriend Russell Wilson however, was nothing short of a shining beacon of love and support tweeting, “I see you baby!! Sounded amazing & looked flawless in every way! @Ciara #NationalChampionship”

Check out Ciara’s version of the National Anthem and weigh in below on whether or not you think her dress was inappropriate for the event.

  1. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    they should have played marvin gaye’s version …

  2. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    ouch, those vocals SUCK big time.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @BlackGlamour

      lol

  3. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    Roseanne would like a word.

  4. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    You know what, I am disgusted as well!! How dare Ciara come out and sing the National Anthem with bare wrists and biceps!!! This is certainly a travesty as no woman should be able to show off those parts of their body! Could you imagine if she lifted up her skirt and showed her ankle??? The horror…….

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @John Bradford

      Exactly.

    • January 13, 2016 - Reply

      @John Bradford

      Lol

  5. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    She showed less skin than the cheerleaders ever do. #AfraidOfBlackSexuality

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @R Cycler

      Amen.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @R Cycler

      Thank you. Cheerleaders flashing butt cheeks, midriffs and cleavage are ok long as it’s a bunch of silly white girls.

      • January 12, 2016 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        Excellent Point.

        • January 12, 2016 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Truth this reminds me of an article I read a few years ago about a young Black lady who was shopping at a mall and she was asked to leave by mall security. Her crime? Some white people (most likely a bunch of woman like this Bonnie person here) were MAD that she was wearing shorts they considered “vulgar”. She wore the same shorts in the tv interview to show she was not dressed indecently–they were not even daisy dukes PLUS she was a slender, curvy (not what “we” call thick) attractive young sister. Funny how we know a lot of white people better than they know themselves–that Ciara is a beautiful woman with a perfect figure in a low cut gown threatens the development of their spawn but a bunch of half naked bouncy beckys throwing each other up in the air is simply good American fun.

          The Superbowl incident lasted about 1.5 seconds, yet those “appalled” white folks simply could not stop posting photos of it, talking about it and doing God knows what else (in the privacy of their own sick minds) while they feigned outrage at the sight of a chocolate nipple.

          • January 12, 2016 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            You have magnificently shown the double standards involving this situation. In America, mostly white women are in U.S. beauty pageants (which is seen by children worldwide on TV). There is no massive outcry about such pageants when women show themselves in bikinis. Cheerleaders perform in America and children watch them in Sunday afternoons without outcry. Yet, when a beautiful Sister Ciara wears a low cut gown and sings the National Anthem, then the haters come out in Tweets. Ciara was just singing a song and she wanted to express herself. She wasn’t being inappropriate at all.

            So, you have dropped jewels like usual. Black women using their own expression (on their own terms) have always been demonized by numerous people who feel threatened by the power of black strength. I feel sorry for the young Black Lady in the story who was harassed and disrespected. She had every right to wear her clothing in the mall without being oppressed. There are many whites who are intimidated by the beauty of a black woman. That is why many black women are harassed and stereotyped by people. Yes, I remember about the Janet Jackson and the Superbowl incident. Janet Jackson was thrown under the bus by Justin. I’m glad that Janet kept it moving despite what the haters said about her. Feigned outrage is a great characterization of it when Ciara was sincere in her actions. I appreciate your wisdom on this issue.

            Bless you Sister.

            • January 12, 2016 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Bless you too, Truth!

              • January 12, 2016 - Reply

                @vintage3000

                Goodnight Sister.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @R Cycler

      Zactly!

    • January 13, 2016 - Reply

      @R Cycler

      yea but where did she show the skin?

  6. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    Where was she nude? I think people need to stop with the “you need to cover up/you look nude” thing because it is starting to become a red herring since people are using it way to much to police women on fashion choices they personally don’t like. Even though the dress was low cut the mesh covering and the cape distracts from her chest area. Granted, I thought the outfit choice was misplace for the event/venue, it would have been better on a red carpet, but I don’t think she looked inappropriate. Some people stay doing the most.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @binks

      Preach Sister.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @binks

      Much ado about nothing

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @binks

      Yes–they do…stay “putting 20 on 10” as my boy likes to say–doing the most with so little at the same damn time.

  7. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    Nudity? Ok she was wearing more than the cheerleaders do. And if she WAS nude what is this irrational Puritanical terror that this society has of the naked human body?! Especially black naked bodies. Dr Cress Welsing offered the only explanation that makes sense to me, I suggest you read her work if you haven’t. Oh and Jason Whitlock is one of theirs and has been his entire career.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @bluelight74

      Yes, Whitlock is a known hater for years.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @bluelight74

      america had a mental and physical breakdown over janet jackson’s wardrobe malfunction back in 2004. the fcc even stepped in — at that time, the chairman of the fcc was michael powell, son of colin powell. janet shocked the entire world.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @bluelight74

      THANK YOU. Truly they are envious of her, her beauty and her relationship with ol boy. White folks stay hating on black beauty, excellence, stewardship, ingenuity, etc., etc., etc.

  8. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    The tweets represent an over reaction in my opinion. Bonnie Berstein and Jason Whitlock (who is a known hater. He made disrespectful comments about Sister Serena Williams. SO, I have no respect for Jason Whitlock at all. I know about his M.O.) act like she was performing nude or something. The truth is that she wasn’t nude. She showed some cleavage with her dress, which has been shown by women for centuries. Prudishness is common in the States. Some people believe that a less revealing dress can be worn by Ciara (and I respect that point of view), but to assume that she wanted to intentionally distract people in an inappropriate way is silliness. I don’t view Ciara’s dress as inappropriate at all. On Ciara’s vocals in the National Anthem, I will be kind and say that she might have been nervous and she tried her best. 🙂 Ciara is still a great dancer, an actress, a mother, a singer, and a down to Earth Sister. I have a lot of love and respect for Sister Ciara.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Brother T, good evening, you are always so classy with yours! Yes she must have been nervous–nice touch 😉 but I completely agree with you.

      • January 12, 2016 - Reply

        @eLLe D.

        Hello Sister Elle D,

        Thank you Sister.

        I see that you have massive wisdom too. Cirara will just brush her shoulders off the hate and she will keep it moving.

        Goodnight Sister. God Bless You.

        • January 12, 2016 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          Good night. God Bless You too.

      • January 13, 2016 - Reply

        @eLLe D.

        Lol….Truth was being xtra kind with that comment lol. I love Ciaras music, but she is a much better dancer…..and is apparently not that great live.

        • January 13, 2016 - Reply

          @Mico

          Hey Mico, yes he was, wasn’t he? He is always so kind and astute. He will give it to you straight, no chaser but keep it clean at the same time! Yes, Ciara is quite fortunate that most were focused on her attire at the game smh.

        • January 13, 2016 - Reply

          @Mico

          I agree with you Sister. Ciara is an incredible dancer. Also, she was great in her movie “Mama, I Want to Sing.”

  9. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    This is a win for Ciara. She is not the best singer in the world (to put it nicely). If it wasn’t the dress, people would be talking about her singing. I think a singer would prefer the headlines be about her outfit than her singing abilities.

  10. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    Her dress isn’t the biggest fashion sin ever. But, most people do tend to dress modestly when singing the national athem. Even Beyoncé, queen of barely there outfits, wore a business suit to sing the national athem at the super bowl. showing cleavage while singing the national athem is bound to ruffle some feathers.

  11. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    She’s pretty and she looked pretty in her gown. That is all.

  12. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    well I must admit when I saw her I said the same thing as Jason Whitlock, as stunning as she looked her dress was not appropriate for the event.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      There is nothing wrong with feeling that way. We can critique one another as long as we are respectful.

      • January 13, 2016 - Reply

        @Ang

        thank you, however I have to be cognitive of the mentality of the people on this thread.

    • January 13, 2016 - Reply

      @trueletterson*vwfone@gmail.com

      so true, you’d think she was gong to the Met Gala or the Tony Awards, LOL.

      • January 13, 2016 - Reply

        @BlackGlamour

        when I saw her that’s exactly what I was thinking, and I said to myself “don’t she have a staff to advise her on appropriate attire”, hopefully she will learn from this if she gets another chance at that level.

  13. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    Ok. So I watched the video and must admit, I see why the comments were made. From the picture, it looks like a simple white dress, but when the cameras zoomed in and out at different angles, her entire body showed through. I don’t think it was intentional (I’ve been betrayed by those types of fabric that don’t look sheer until you turn the lights up too), but it was as close to nude as it gets. I hope nobody’s kid was watching in HD.

    • January 12, 2016 - Reply

      @Me

      You’re right. In the photo, the dress looks like a heavy, formal gown that is just wrong for the occasion. I thought she was just wearing a dress she didn’t get to wear on the red carpet this weekend. When the video starts you can see through the entire front of her dress. That is likely the first thing people watching on TV noticed. From some angles it looks like the entire dress is sheer. I have never known Ciara to intentionally cause controversy for attention, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on this. Maybe she thought the beading covered more than it does. However, I do understand why people made comments about nudity. I think any celebrity would have gotten bad reactions from viewers.

      • January 12, 2016 - Reply

        @Ang

        The other clue that she may not have realized the dress was revealing is that the crowd didn’t seem distracted either. I’m guessing it looks a lot different in person because I’m sure more than a few of those players would’ve been gawking if they saw what the cameras picked up.

        • January 12, 2016 - Reply

          @Me

          Good point. It could have been the lights from the cameras.

      • January 13, 2016 - Reply

        @Ang

        It is a heavy formal dress for the occasion. very true however. Its more sheer then we were actually shown via those angles. One reporter had to blur out her nips.
        The real bad choice was asking her to sing all together, but God bless her

        • January 13, 2016 - Reply

          @jess-s

          That’s why I don’t think it is good to get outraged over everything we see online. Sometimes there is more information than we see from a video clip or short online article. If her nipples had go be blurred, the dress is inappropriate.

  14. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    To me the biggest story is not Ciara’s dress, but her voice. I know I coming off like a hater, but she just can’t sing at all. The orchestra drowned her completely out.

  15. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    In 2016 can we stop pretending that Ciara can sing *confused face*

  16. January 12, 2016 - Reply

    She’s singing the national anthem at a football championship. A game where people will sit and watch men pummel each other for an hour and a half (?). So kids have no problem watching men waltzing over another for a ball, but they’ll go into a state of shock when they see Ciara’s mesh covered boobies??
    Lord, these people have issues.

    • January 13, 2016 - Reply

      @Raze

      So say that kids are watching as an excuse is low. They see and hear much worse on these pop stars today…

  17. January 13, 2016 - Reply

    Why are black people shock by shit like this? Ohhh that’s right y’all think the white supremacist mindset has gone away like bees in the winter because we have a biracial president? Trump who’s a complete racist have millions of white supporters. But yet we’re shocked……silly billy

  18. January 13, 2016 - Reply

    While her outfit may have been revealing, like others have said, cheerleaders outfits are even more revealing, its college football not the NFL, she wasn’t nude, and seeing a womans shape/body is not the worst thing kids will see. I may be in the minority here but I honestly have no respect for the national anthem the pledge of allegiance or that flag and the only way I will even actively listen to it is to hear my Marvin and I also had a chance to hear Stevie’s version live where he blended the national anthem with the black national anthem. So from my perspective, the only way she may have been inappropriate was if cheerleaders were more covered up during games.

  19. January 17, 2016 - Reply

    Girl… Stick to dancing and studio work, you are NOT a real singer.

  20. January 19, 2016 - Reply

    I actually thought she sounded weak but R Cycler is right. The cheerleaders show way more skin, and the cameras never miss a shot.

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