For the most part, the music at last night’s Olympics Closing Ceremony was a hit: The Spice Girls and One Direction were both welcomed back to their mother countries by screaming fans who had either grown up with one or had become women after witnessing the other. But the Powers That Be made a major misstep in bringing out British singer Jessie J to duet with the surviving members of Queen. And honestly, it was a weird choice. The musical number started with old footage of Freddie Mercury (who died of AIDS-related complications in 1991), and it had the audience going wild. Honestly, they probably could’ve save a ton of money and just gone with this pseudo-hologram.
But then out came the surviving members, which still whipped the crowd into a frenzy… and then suddenly Jessie struts out in an asymmetrical bedazzled outfit better suited to Katy Perry, and proceeds to take over the vocals for “We Will Rock You.” She was just so terribly out of place, and I found I couldn’t enjoy the performance as much as I would’ve. Watch for yourself:
Tumblr was ablaze with viewers’ irritation and disgust. (Which is kind of funny, because you have to imagine that a lot of Tumblr users weren’t even alive when Mercury passed away.) Here’s just a sampling of people’s knee-jerk reactions:
carnagescissors: Then…I saw Jessie J walking to the stage. I was confused, THEN THAT BITCH STARTED SINGING AND RUINED MY GODDAMN QUEEN FUCK! That was HORRIBLE, she just raped that song. WHY did they not get George Michael? Elton John? ANYONE but HER? That just made me suffer the greatest dissapoint.
Anonymous: she ruined the queen song cus she tried to make it all about her. and her little fucking squeak did not belong in it , or any song for that matter, AT ALL. sorry this is harsh lol, i just love queen and was really disappointed.
cecesigyn: Expecting like Queen amazingness then fucking Jesse J and her tacky ass outfit punches me right in the middle of my dreams!
unicornrebel: ”i wish katy perry and jessie j would collab” –no one ever
Did the Olympics committee choose Jessie simply because she’s British? It seemed like the choice was more of a pride thing than who could actually do the song justice. It’s too bad, because there’s plenty about her to admire, like how she co-wrote Miley Cyrus‘ “Party in the USA” or that she doesn’t do drugs because of her irregular heart. But this just seemed like a bad fit for her that she took for the exposure, without banking on whether it would actually go over well with fans. I completely agree that her takes on the classic song — the squeak, the sequined look — threw everything off, and honestly I didn’t think her voice was up to it.
What side did you come out on?
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