The world is an increasingly dark and cold place, but there are still brief respites from the sadness. Take, for example, Fergie's disastrous performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" at last night's NBA All-Star Game.
Don't believe us? Just watch it for yourself.
The rendition of the song was absurdly obnoxious and shrill as Fergie adopted Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday Mister President" cadence before alternating to loud, gauche vocal gymnastics.
It was so bad, in fact, that it birthed timeless reaction GIFs in real time as basketball players tried (and ultimately failed) to hide their shock from the omnipresent TV cameras. Even Chance the Rapper snuck a giggle from the rafters.
If you managed to sit through the entire song, here is your reward:
Fergie Anthem Reaction Power Rankings:— Michell a.ka. Killmonger Chell a.k.a. Not Michelle (@MichellCClark) February 19, 2018
1. Empty eyed Draymond
2. Furrowed brow Joel
3. Lmao Chance
4. Jimmy Kimmel
5. Lemme not laugh on live TV Anthony Anderson pic.twitter.com/g2AemKuOfF
Players faces during Fergie's rendition of the National Anthem... pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
Fergie sang that Anthem so bad, Kaepernick stood up and told her not to disrespect the Anthem like that. pic.twitter.com/IXmMhupcsw— BLACK ADAM SCHEFTER (@B1ackSchefter) February 19, 2018
Barkley: Can we talk about Fergie's National Anthem... 😂 pic.twitter.com/RwZMYpLzsr— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) February 19, 2018
Did Fergie always sound like that and we ignored it? I have questions. pic.twitter.com/urol7G3azq— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) February 19, 2018
When you hear Fergie singing the national anthem pic.twitter.com/YL20dqNSwS— Gav (@miracleofsound) February 19, 2018
I feel like Fergie's rendition of the National Anthem really reflected and captured where we are and who we are as a country right now. #fergienationalanthem— Loki Persisted (@LokiPersisted) February 19, 2018
UPDATE (02/19, 4:20 EST): Fergie has issued a statement about the performance to The Hollywood Reporter. "I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she said. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."