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John Legend Says He Doesn't 'Truly Love' National Anthem


"For those defending the current anthem..."

Singer John Legend performs on stage at the 'Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live' Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci)

John Legend waded into the Kaepernick controversy Tuesday, saying that he doesn't "truly love" the national anthem.

Legend's comment came less than a week after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem.

Musician John Legend arrives at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Getty Images) Musician John Legend at the 2013 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

"For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don't and I'm very good at singing it. Like, one of the best," Legend tweeted.

As you might expect, the comment prompted sharp criticism among Legend's fans and followers.

"Not sure why it's turned into a battle over the lyrics of our anthem. The lyrics were never Colin's argument in the first place," one tweet read.

"Have you ever been given a gun and told to go defend what that song stands for? I'm not surprised by your comment," another wrote.

Legend replied, "I agree that his [Kaepernick's] protest wasn't about the lyrics. It's about the value of the lives of people of color in America."

"You can love the country and what it stands for without loving a particular song," Legend said in a different reply.

(H/T: The Hill)

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