November 25th, 2015
We’ve known the stories of national anthems in our own country and we hold it with pride along with the history of our respective countries and cultures. But sometimes, fate has a way of making something so traditional have a new memory other than the fact it represents the country’s ideals and objectives. Such as…
Making The President Mad
In the United States, a sit-com actress had enraged the then-US President George Bush because of her national anthem antics during a San Diego-Cincinatti baseball game at the Jack Murphy Stadium.
The sit-com actress Rosanne Barr sang The Star-Spangled Banner a bit too high. She ended up singing too loud. She finished by making the gesture of a baseball player. Bush called her performance “a disgrace” and the crowd booed her off the stage.
Arrested For Disrespect
In 2014, India, a philosophy student found himself arrested over refusal to stand up during India’s national anthem before a movie they were about to see.
Reports said several audience members protested against their disrespect and a complaint filed against Salman Mohammed, 25 years old, found himself charged with sedition under the Information Technology Act, which could see him and his friends a possible life imprisonment. Luckily, he only spent 35 days in the cooler.
We know that several humanitarian groups criticised India’s government for the brutal implementation of its laws.
Algeria’s national anthem itself is bizarre. Written by a political rebel in 1956, Moufdi Zakaria would write ‘The Pledge’ on his prison walls in Algerian prison cells expressing his anger against the French oppressors during the time.
His poem saw light as a national anthem after Mohamed Triki began to add music, which Mohamed Fawzi finished in 1957.
The lyrics, infused with anger, spoke about the cries of the common Algerian and the war’s nuances, such as the noise of gunpowder as the rhythm of their daily lives and machine guns as their melody.