Twitter can be a tough place.
The open source network offers all citizens the opportunity interact with one another, the engine connects the entire world.
It’s a stunning social innovation.
Twitter can be harmful in certain instances however, the open access gives bullies anonymity, and allows cowards to hide behind their computers.
What the world poignant witnessed on Twitter yesterday was a poignent example.
I call Aretha Franklin the Abe Lincoln of singing the National Anthem cuz she started four score and seven years ago.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin was tasked with singing the national anthem in advance of the Detroit Lions confronting the Minnestoa Vikings at Ford Field in detroit.
Franklin is a legend, one of the greatest singers of all time.
Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted.
She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9, and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in which she placed number 1.
Aretha Franklin performed a longer version of the national anthem, which was a nice change of pace.
Kaepernick would've developed arthritis in his knee for kneeling so long if the 49ers were playing while Aretha Franklin sang the anthem
— Brock (@BrockOgami) November 24, 2016
America is in the midst of an identity crisis, Franklin performing an amplified anthem is good for the country.
We need to be reminded who we are, where we come from.
Not to mention, it was a rocking rendition.
The ref should throw a delay of game flag at Aretha Franklin for this National Anthem. #thanksgivingthursday
— AJ Burman (@BurmanAJ) November 24, 2016
Twitter was not so enchanted, in fact, the legion of sports fans that descended upon Franklin were disrespectful.
This woman has dedicated her life to entertaining the masses, and doing it with an optimistic flare.
Most of these trollish actors have no idea who were addressing, what this glorious woman has meant to music.
I cooked my whole turkey, ate and did the dishes during Aretha Franklin's National Anthem performance.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) November 24, 2016
This was unfortunate, and underscores why social media cuts both ways.
What a tough life these sports fans have.
They had to wait a whole 4 minutes for the telecast to go to commercial break.