¿El Nuevo Himno Nacional?

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  1. ColdBastrd

    ColdBastrd Veteran Member Gold Member

    Jul 9, 2002
    'Star-Spangled Banner' in Spanish Draws Criticism

    MIAMI (April 28) - British music producer Adam Kidron says that when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.

    But in the week since Kidron announced the song - which features artists such as Wyclef Jean, hip-hop star Pitbull and Puerto Rican singers Carlos Ponce and Olga Tanon - it has been the target of a fierce backlash.

    Some Internet bloggers and others are infuriated by the thought of "The Star-Spangled Banner" sung in a language other than English.

    "Would the French accept people singing the La Marseillaise in English as a sign of French patriotism? Of course not," said Mark Krikorian, head of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that supports tighter immigration controls.

    The initial version of "Nuestro Himno," or "Our Anthem," comes out Friday and uses lyrics based closely on the English-language original, said Kidron, who heads the record label Urban Box Office.

    Pro-immigration protests are planned around the country for Monday, and the record label is urging Hispanic radio stations nationwide to play the cut at 7 p.m. EDT Friday in a sign of solidarity.

    A remix to be released in June will contain several lines in English that condemn U.S. immigration laws. Among them: "These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws ... let's not start a war with all these hard workers, they can't help where they were born."

    Bryanna Bevens of Hanford, Calif., who writes for the immigration-focused Web magazine Vdare.com, said the remix particularly upset her.

    "It's very whiny. If you want to say all those things, by all means, put them on your poster board, but don't put them on the national anthem," she said.

    Kidron, a U.S. resident for 16 years, maintains the changes are fitting. After all, he notes, American immigrants borrowed the melody of the "Star Spangled Banner" from an English drinking song.

    "There's no attempt to usurp anything. The intent is to communicate," Kidron said. "I wanted to show my thanks to these people who buy my records and listen to the music we release and do the jobs I don't want to do."

    Kidron said the song also will be featured on the album "Somos Americanos," which will sell for $10, with $1 going to the National Capital Immigration Coalition, a Washington group.

    James Gardner, an associate director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, said Americans have long enjoyed different interpretations of the Star Spangled Banner, including country or gospel arrangements.

    "There are a number of renditions that people aren't happy with, but that's part of it - that it means enough for people to try to sing," he said.

    Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Perez, said this country was built by immigrants, and "the meaning of the American dream is in that record: struggle, freedom, opportunity, everything they are trying to shut down on us."
  2. rogerh

    rogerh Veteran Member

    Belive it or not, I know her.
  3. Luis78

    Luis78 Veteran Member

    Jan 15, 2004
    houston, texas,usa
    it starts off like this...

    Jose can you see, that the immigration is after me....

    heheh!!!!:crazy: :crazy:
  4. docnascar

    docnascar Veteran Member

    Feb 25, 2002
    ^thats funny....

    seriously though, I would like to learn Spanish.
  5. doechsle

    doechsle Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

  6. sniggle_t

    sniggle_t Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Schenectady, NY
    I don't like it. I am a huge proponent of citizens speaking english. I understand keeping ones heritage alive but now our citizens are being pushed to learn spanish. Why should we? They moved here not the other way around.
  7. 3_z28camaro

    3_z28camaro Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2004
    Acton, CA
    This is how I feel: "Speak English or get the **** out!!!!!"

    I could go into a massive rant risking this getting moved, but I will not, by my comment above I am sure anyone can get how I feel about this subject.
  8. AJ_72

    AJ_72 Veteran Member

    Jul 3, 2003
    Chebanse, IL USA
    Good news.

    I'm listening to the local radio station and Bush said (not an exact quote) "I think the Anthem should only be sung in English. If you want to live in America, learn to speak English."

    At least he's not dumb 100% of the time
  9. HuggerCamarochick

    HuggerCamarochick Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Goulds, NL, canada
    I'm learning Spanish and I live in Canada. I'm also taking french courses. I don't think people should have to learn to speak another language- I mean, ignorance is bliss.

    Buenas noches!
  10. elzie

    elzie Veteran Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    Burlington, MA. USA
    How about "Speak English Or Die"? ;)

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