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Jamie Foxx defends his national anthem performance and says it wasn't 'a sin against America'

2015-05-06 08:51

Los Angeles - Jamie Foxx is defending his national anthem performance at the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight against online criticism.

On Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, Foxx says that his earpiece fell off just before he started to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. He said he had to follow the accompanying organ music through arena speakers at Saturday's fight in Las Vegas.

Despite that, he got an enthusiastic response from the crowd and individual compliments from Denzel Washington and others, Foxx said.

Foxx also appeared on The Ellen Show on Tuesday to chat about singing the national anthem.

When he learned that online posts were taking him to task, Foxx said he listened to a playback and realised the song was a bit off. But Foxx said he hadn't committed, in his words, "a sin against America" and said the anthem sounded "great" in the arena.

Posts that questioned if he could sing went too far, Foxx said.

Watch his performance here:

This is what Twitter had to say about Foxx's performance:

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