The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade took place in New York City on Thursday morning, featuring a group of celebrities and top-notch musicians. Among them was English pop singer Rita Ora.
Ora presented his last single Let you love me, but it quickly became apparent that she was dubbing when her mouth was not moving along with the words. It seemed worse than it actually was, thanks to an audio delay in the transmission.
An influx of critics flooded his Twitter after less than smooth performance, with many questioning his talent.
It was when fellow interpreter and lip sync John Legend stepped in and supported her, explaining that he was also lip-synching with all the other artists because of the technological constraints of a moving allegory.
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A viewer called both Ora and Legend in their lip sync. "Why are people surprised?" He asked. "They all do that."
Legend was quick to defend the performance and revealed that the artists have no choice in the matter. "Funny stuff.We all have to sync our lips in this parade because the floats do not have the ability to handle the sound requirements for a live presentation," he said.
"I hope you enjoyed it anyway," he added. "Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals will be 100% live!"
Well thanked Legend in a later tweet.
"It's annoying to us," she added, "my shows are 100% live and always have been."
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At the same time, Macy's apparently resented something that the wife of Legend social media icon Chrissy Teigen wrote jokingly in 2014.
"I can not imagine being bored enough to watch a parade on television," she wrote.
She wanted nothing to do with the parade and avoided watching until the department store persuaded her to support her husband.
They took a screenshot of their original tweet and incorporated another one that heralded Legend's performance in the 2018 parade. "Throwback Thursday," they added.
Teigen admitted that she has not yet attended, despite her husband's performance. "Fuck, Macy's wild. I did not watched it yet. I'm sure you made a great son, "she wrote.
"Someone had to stay home and cook for the children and the family," wrote Legend in his sarcastic signature.
The internet fainted and Macy soon convinced her to watch the parade.
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"Alright, alright," she wrote to Macy, adding that the parades made her uneasy.
"Dancing, marching, spinning flag, giant animals, streamers, glitter and singing! This is total chaos, "she concluded.
In fact, she managed to get through Legend's performance. She thought it was more comical than anything.
His performance was fortunately unaffected by audio delays.
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Macy's later issued an apology and wrote, "During today's broadcast of the Macy's stop, several artists had technical difficulties that negatively affected their performance."
"We apologize," they added. "We want fans to know that these issues are beyond the artists' control."
Well thanked the company for its honesty.
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