A patriotic Indiana senator is spearheading a new campaign to fine artists who alter the words to the U.S. National Anthem at public gatherings and sports events.
Vaneta Becker is pushing a bill to impose a $25 (Gbp15.6) fine on anyone who deviates from the words of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Becker insists the fine system is not intended to penalise nervous youngsters who forget the words but to stop celebrities from deciding to change the lyrics.
She tells RollingStone.com, "It’s not like we’re going after anyone’s ability to sing. It’s more that we just want them to respect the words and the tune as it was originally intended and we normally sing it."
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