Honestly, I didn’t know a whole lot about Gladys Knight before this weekend.
Of course, I knew who she was.
I was pretty sure she had a band with some people called The Pips?
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But I didn’t know a lot about her as a person.
And the more I’ve learned the more blown away I am by her!
What a wise lady, and strong to boot!
She went on CNN before the Super Bowl and was interviewed by Don Lemon, who appeared to want to turn it into a “gotcha” interview.
But Gladys was having NONE of his act!
She answered every question with pure class and intelligence (two things Lemon lacks!)
My personal favorite was how she talked about how society has gone downhill, an answer Lemon probably wasn’t expecting:
“We used to sing the national anthem in school before it started. We used to say prayers before school started. And we just don’t have that anymore.”
What a brilliant answer….and she’s right!
Lemon tried to bait her again after that asking if she was afraid she’d lose her career for singing the National Anthem.
What a stupid and foolish question!
She gave the perfect answer:
“It’s about respect. If we start denying the anthem — there are so many people who died for this country — we have fought hard for a long time.”
Here's a great summary of the interview from Mediaite:
With singer Gladys Knight having just performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, there was contention by some who wished she had not given the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick.
She explained her decision to perform on Friday during her interview on CNN.
“People are going to have their opinions. You know, about whatever. And all I can deal with, all I can deal with right now is what my heart says. Okay? I believe in fairness,” Knight explained. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just — I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”
Lemon pointed to how a New York Times article wrote how a singer at President Donald Trump’s inauguration lost her career for taking the gig.
“You have a much longer history and resume, right? And a legend in this business. Is that a concern for you at all given the controversy surrounding this,” he asked.
Knight said it comes down to being respectful to the country:
“You know what? Nothing good comes easy. And I would hope that they will understand as I do that we have a better way to do this than to be angry and why is he doing this or why ain’t she doing that, you know? For me, it’s just for me about respect. If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of, you know, just standing for the country, they are in the services and that kind of thing and just to not say that if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning, you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars.”
Gladys knocked the CNN interview out of the park and then she went ahead and knocked the anthem out with perfection as well.
In case you missed it, or if you'd like to see it again, here you go.
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