From the Department of “whatthefuckareyoukiddingmewhodecidedthatwasagoodidea,” a local Hawaii schoolteacher sang the German national anthem before an international tennis match between Germany and the United States, but instead of the modern version somebody decided it would be better to use the Nazi version.
The Guardian has the story and the insanely cringeworthy video. Why is it that the American media never covers these sorts of things?
The United States Tennis Association has apologised after a version of Germany’s historic national anthem associated with the Nazi regime was performed before a Fed Cup match.
A male soloist at the match on the Hawaiian island of Maui sang the verse beginning with the lines “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt”, which translates as “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world”.
Although the words were written long before the Nazis ruled Germany, they became closely identified with Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich in the period before and during the second world war.
The offending verse, which traditionally began the anthem, is now considered anachronistic.
The third verse of the 19th century Deutschlandlied, the words of which were written in 1841, is the only one performed in modern-day Germany and is officially classed as the national anthem.
The German team member Andrea Petkovic was disturbed by Saturday’s performance, saying on the German federation’s website: “It was the worst experience that has ever happened to me – horrifying and shocking.”
She added, according to Bild: “This is the year 2017 – that something like this happens in America, it can’t happen. It’s embarrassing and speaks of ignorance.”
Am I the only one who smells the malign odors of Steve Bannon here? Either way, we are a nation of morons, led by a raging narcissistic psychopath. We deserve whatever contempt the world decides to heap on us.