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Exclusive: Tank Responds To National Anthem Backlash

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Tank is finally speaking out about his performance of the National Anthem during last weekend’s Mayweather vs Alvarez fight.

While on the red carpet for Laura Govan’s birthday bash in Hollywood on Saturday night, HipHollywood caught up with Tank to get his reaction on some of the backlash he received after his rendition of the nations anthem.

“I didn’t really see a whole lot of criticism. I saw a lot of people wanting what they wanted. I think that as an individual and as an artist, I have the right to be creative and express that,” Tank explained.

“For the most part the people that understand that and expect that, they love what we did. We broke records with viewership, so I had to do something special. I had do something memorable, and they’re talking, so we’ll take all that,” he added.

After the singer’s performance, Twitter blew up with reactions:

“@TheRealTank just killed that National Anthem,” actor Robbie Jones wrote.

“Lets be very very clear …. My brother @TheRealTank just smashed the national anthem,” TGT’s Tyrese wrote.

But the response to the singer’s vocals weren’t all positive.

NFL Player Takeo Spikes wrote, “Am I the only one that feel like Tank just butchered the national Anthem #RandBremix.”

“Why is Tank making the national anthem sound like a Christmas carol,” another Twitter user wrote on the social media website.

Check out what the singer had to say below:

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  1. rnsone

    September 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    It wasn’t that bad,lol.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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