After Jon Stewart called playing the national anthem during sporting events “weird”, the “Outnumbered” panel attacked Stewart.
“I think it’s an unfortunate but unsurprising attitude about [the national anthem]Co-host Emily Compagno said, “We are proud to be a part of the NFL Cheerleaders.”
Compagno noted Stewart’s college soccer experience and said the act of standing to recite the national anthem during games is an “incredible moment of patriotism”. He also criticized the “Daily Show” host who tried to distinguish between watching television at home while standing or standing.
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“I’m a patriot every day no matter where I am, and I stand for my national anthem,” she added.
“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain said standing for the flag was one of the few things Americans have left to unify around.
“It’s pretty sophomoric to poke holes in it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas called Stewart’s comments “just plain idiotic.”
Stewart discussed the issue of Thursday’s anthem on his podcast “The Problem and Jon Stewart.”
Does anyone have any idea when it all began, with the playing of the national anthem prior to games? It’s such a weird ritual,” said Stewart.
“I’ve always thought about when Kaepernick took the knee and the whole thing was like, ‘You gotta stand for the anthem!’… But, like, why is that?” Stewart added later. “When the anthem comes, you only have to stand if you’re there. But the transitive principle through the television – if it’s through the television you can do whatever the f—- you want. If you’re at a stadium there is a whole regimen you have to go through.”
The American tradition was practiced during many of America’s most harrowing moments. The late Whitney Houston sang the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the 1991 Super Bowl just as the U.S. had entered the Persian Gulf War. Firefighters and officers joined forces to raise an American flag in the aftermath of September 11th terrorist attacks.
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Following World War II ended, the NFL commissioner stated that the anthem should “as much as a part of” the game.