Would it surprise you if I said that she just lost a contact lens?
Well, that would be false. Leah Tysee, part of KFBK-TV’s 31 Survivors in 31 Days breast cancer awareness series, kept the controversy humming on Tuesday night when she sang the Star-Spangled Banner at the Sacramento Kings’ brand new Golden 1 Center. Plot twist: when she got to the final line, she dropped to one knee.
Tysee, on Facebook:
“Taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over without a drop of accountability.”
So, how do we categorize this performance? You may say it was disrespectful, but Tysee was actually singing the Anthem when she kneeled. She kneeled on the word “free”, as a matter of fact. That’s gotta confuse both pro-Colin Kaepernick and anti-Kaepernick folks alike.
So many questions here.
If I boo, does that mean I’m pro-breast cancer? She’s a survivor of that disease, after all. And would it also make me a misogynist? But if I applaud, does that mean I hate our National Anthem? Or does it mean I only hate the last line? I think I’ll just visit the restroom during the song — that seems like the wisest choice.
For the record, when it was over she received healthy applause.