Fans Complain Aretha Franklin’s Nat’l Anthem Is ‘Too Long’ – But That’s What Makes It So Patriotic

In one of the most-viewed televised football games of the year, the 12:30 p.m. time slot gifted fans with Aretha Franklin’s soulful rendition of the National Anthem.

However, the iconic singer’s five-minute long performance didn’t sit well with some anxious Viking and Lion’s fans…

And although some viewers admittedly cracked a few smiles in good fun:

While simultaneously making fun of past national anthem drama:

And even sneaking in a few Obama jokes:

Aretha fans quickly came to her defense:

And justified her well-deserved lengthy spotlight:

Even celebs snapped back at the criticism:

One woman asserted she’d listen to Aretha sing anything:

And this comedian expressed his gratitude for 2016:

But most called for some old fashioned respect…

For many, Aretha Franklin gave a passionate and welcomed performance that will go down in NFL national anthem history – one that won’t be centered around kneeling.

What do you think?

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