This week, Snoop Doggy Dogg was involved in a fracas with airport security. But there’s nothing funny about Snoop Dogg; no, he’s dead serious.
UK music producer Adam Kidron has recorded and released a version of the U.S. national anthem sung in Spanish. “We … view ‘Nuestro Himno’,” he said, “as a song that affords those immigrants that have not yet learned the English language the opportunity to fully understand the character of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the American flag and the ideals of freedom that they represent,” continuing to explain that he wasn’t in any way discouraging Spanish-speaking immigrants from learning English. But our commander-in-chief is having none of it.
“I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English,” he responded, “and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”
He has a point, I think. After all, English is the national language … isn’t it? Turns out there is no national language for America, nor has there ever been. In fact, there are far more people of German, Hispanic, or Irish descent, than English in America. Doesn’t Bush know that music is the universal language?