Whatever happened to R-E-S-P-E-C-T? You know you better “bow down to the queen” –especially when the queen is non-other than the “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin.
The memes started flying as the legendary singer belted out what may have felt like the longest version of the “Star Spangled Banner” ever sang in history.
Franklin, fur coat-clad with a Detroit beanie on her head, sat at a piano in the middle of Michigan Ford Field, and patiently sang a soulful rendition of the national anthem, while Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings players stood for 4 minutes and 35 seconds, hands on hearts, waiting patiently for her to end.
NFL 2016 Live 1 (00) – Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem https://t.co/9tjUuAvUNp
— 🖇thinking diehard (@hanae_56_20) November 24, 2016
But who weren’t so patient were those lovely folks in the Twitterverse who started “dragging” the queen and posting hilarious memes.
Check ’em out!
I cooked my whole turkey, ate and did the dishes during Aretha Franklin’s National Anthem performance.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) November 24, 2016
Delay of game 😂
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 24, 2016
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 is doing the most for this national anthem lmao
— Papa Jon (@J0N4ISH) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin singing the national anthem! Whole lions defense gon be retired by the time she finished
— Trigga Alpha Psi (@YungStunna05) November 24, 2016
Even Colin Kapernick gotta stand when Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem
— October’s Very Own (@ColinTheBaptist) November 24, 2016
And our favorite!
Before Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem
After Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/EaMF1CctzB
— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 24, 2016