RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (The Adobo Chronicles, Sao Paolo Bureau) – Twenty-year-old Gabby Douglas didn’t put her hand over her heart when The Star-spangled Banner was played in Rio. She was the only one who didn’t — among the five women gymnasts who won back-to-back gold for the United States.
Soon after that medal ceremony, many Americans took to social media to criticize Douglas, saying what she did was disrespectful and unpatriotic.
Today, The Adobo Chronicles released an online survey conducted among all those who criticized Douglas on Twitter and Facebook. We were shocked at what we found out:
- One out of three of those surveyed didn’t know that the title of the U.S. National Anthem was ‘The Star-spangled Banner.’
- Two out of three could not sing the U.S. National Anthem, with the correct lyrics.
- Three out of three could not reach the highest note in the anthem.
- One out of three place their hand over their lungs, not heart, when singing the anthem.
- One out of three flash the “peace” sign with their fingers when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
All the respondents were also shocked to see photos of President Barack Obama and their favorite football players not placing their hand over their heart during the singing of the anthem.
To obtain a copy of the survey, please email NBC Sports or FOX News.