R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha Franklin. The girl can sing, and, apparently, for however long she wants.
Franklin sang the National Anthem before the Lions and Vikings Thanksgiving game kicked off. Her take on our country's chorus, which typically takes about two minutes, took double the time with well over four minutes.
And, of course, the internet had something to say.
Here's some of the best responses on Twitter to Franklin's National Anthem:
Kaepernick would've developed arthritis in his knee for kneeling so long if the 49ers were playing while Aretha Franklin sang the anthem— Brock (@BrockOgami) November 24, 2016
Detroit vs Minnesota time of possession stats
Lions: 3 minutes
Vikings: 0 minutes
Aretha Franklin: 8 minutes
Bad news: Football is cancelled— The Ringer (@ringer) November 24, 2016
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.
Mom: Can u go to the store and buy some milk?
Me: I can't the game is about to start
Aretha Franklin: I got u fam— Victor Martinez (@fakevmart41) November 24, 2016
That National Anthem almost moved the game to the day after Thanksgiving...— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 24, 2016
Great anthem, but it's headed to Bleeding Gums Murphy territory as far as its length. pic.twitter.com/diaafUXsVq— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) November 24, 2016
I was able to do all my Christmas shopping while Aretha sang the national anthem #happythanksgiving— Strombone (@strombone1) November 24, 2016
My turkey fully cooked during that anthem. 🇺🇸— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) November 24, 2016
Delay of game: Aretha Franklin— TheMachine (@MachinesPicks) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is doing a ball-control national anthem. It's all about clock management everyone.— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is pretty far up at the top of the list of folks who can take however long they want with the national anthem.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 24, 2016