The talk show host started a major controversy on his show. He hit the airwaves and announced to listeners that the American national anthem, a.k.a. “The Star- Spangled Banner,” is “stupid” and “un-singable.”
Bill Press said ;
“It’s an abomination… First of all, it ranges two octaves; most people can only do, kind of, one octave,” said Press. “It’s more than a pet peeve. It is a major crusade of mine. A major cause of mine and that is, to get rid of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’”
Press seems to think the song is ”embarrassment” to our country.
Former NYPD officer Daniel Rodriguez said ;“The ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ is most definitely singable. It’s a beautiful song. It talks about the strife our country went through to gain its independence…It’s a statement of pride. To say it’s an ‘abomination’ is shocking to us who are more patriotic.”He has been known ”Singing Policeman”.Also he captured the hearts of America with his stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the first Yankees baseball game post 9/11.
“I was at Ground Zero when the [Twin Towers] came down. At that Yankee game, I felt the pride of our country,” Rodriguez told FOX411.com. “I couldn’t even hear myself because people were screaming with tears when I started singing ‘And the rockets’ red glare.’ It was triumphant.”
Rodriguez has been trained by Placido Domingo.
He also added ;
“I remember the first time I sang it as a kid for the Colorado Rockies baseball game,” said “American Idol” finalist Ace Young. “It was amazing to hear 60,000 people sing it with me. I had chills.”