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Interesting in how your point of view shapes your response to this video...

The stage: Red Sox game, "Disability Awareness Day" or somesuch.  A gentleman with autism is singing the National Anthem.

He appears to get stuck, and the audience picks up the song and finishes it with him.



The comments are generally favorable, and my initial (and still, overall) reaction was... "Nice of the crowd to join in."

Mileage apparently varies, with commenters chiming in (disregarding the ones who feel that everyone present should have been sent to re-education for daring to display some patriotism) about how the crowd in fact dissed the singer, and should have allowed him to finish the song his way, without just jumping in on their collective own, and how, in fact, by doing that, they dissed the whole disabled community by implying they weren't capable, etc.

I can see that point, to a point.  But in the end I still think it was a net positive, and that some people's skins are just too thin for their own good.  Hope they bundle up on sunny days.

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 I approve. This shows a sense of community.
 
...and how, in fact, by doing that, they dissed the whole disabled community by implying they weren't capable, etc.

People idiots like that would rather watch someone drown than throw him a rope -- for fear that the drowning man would be insulted that the observer assumed he wasn't capable of learning how to swim before he went under...
 
Hey, that sounds like the plot from "The Incredibles..."
 
That's one of the films that kept my record of *not* seeing any recent films for three years at 100%.
 
 1. Apparently, the 'sensitive' ones failed to notice that the crowd finished the anthem in the same key and at the same tempo in which he began singing.
2. A couple weeks ago, we had a similar "Disabilities Night" at Rogers Arena for Game #2 of the playoffs. In this case, the guest singer (autistic) did a duet with the regular anthem guy and the crowd kept quiet. The local tradition expects the crowd to sing "O Canada", especially since the anthem guy drops out for the second half of the verse. The duet was very nice.

Cheers
 
Heh! (as that annoying guy in Tennessee is wont to say)  As most of y'all have prolly figured out by now, I'm kinda partial toward Auties, being "a bit strange" m'self.

I do deprecate the soloist doing the National Anthem, whatever be his or her neural configuration.  Back when I was a kid, there was none of that nonsense. There was no need for a soloist.  Everyone sang it.   We (in the band) would march onto the field, the National Anthem would be announced, and we would start right into it, at a good lively tempo.  People have complained that it's hard to sing. Nonsense! Those are complaints by those who don't know how to sing!

I do recall one occasion, an Orange Bowl game, at which my high school band provided the music for the National Anthem.  There was no soloist; everybody in the stadium sang along.

We used the Fillmore "trumpeting arrangement" at a good lively tempo,  with afterburners added just about at "rockets' red glare" as the two F-4s flew over.

1967 or 1968, I think it was.

Best piece of music I ever had the good fortune to participate in, it was.
 
My perspec (because we all know that I'm just that important :p )

1. The good folk in those bleacher seats paid money to see a game. They didn't pay that money to participate in a feel good show for "lesser abled".

2. The good folk in those bleacher seats did exactly what good folk tend to do in such situations. They cheered the guy on then joined in on the fun.

3. The good folk in those bleacher seats probably saved the guy and whatever org organized the show by interrupting his attempts to get another loud crowd reaction by *laughing* the rest of the lines. Make a big enough mess of a show such as that one and it gets all that much harder to put together any other such shows.

4. The whining ninnies obviously didn't get beat up enough in high school to learn to keep their frackin mouths shut.
 
I caught this video a couple days ago on Facebook, from a friend. It reminded me of this young lady we all discussed a couple months ago...

Were those people condescending as well? 

Bill, you're missing out on some good stuff if you haven't watched any new films for three years. Just sayin'. :)

 
And, for the record... I *liked* "The Incredibles..."