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A group of American supermarket shoppers have left Brits absolutely baffled, after footage of them singing their national anthem went viral across social media. Watch the impromptu display of patriotism here:
The video was posted by TikTok user @raised..right and shows a group of Americans breaking into song in a branch of Walmart in Haslet, Texas, in celebration of 4 July.
That's Independence Day, of course.
The video shows a gathering of people stood with their right hands across their hearts, having paused their shopping to sing America's national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner'. After the recital ends, they then proceed to clap and cheer.
The video's caption reads: "Very Patriotic scene in the haslet, Tx Walmart 7/3/21 someone started singing the National Anthem and people joined in."
The clip swiftly notched more than 1.2 million views and in excess of 196,000 likes, with proud Americans no doubt delighted to see the scene unfold.
It was later re-shared over on Twitter, where it inevitably received floods of comments from very confused Brits.
One user wrote: "Imagine us belting out 'oh flower of Scotland' in the specialbuys section of @AldiUK on St. Andrew's day."
Another joked: "We do this all the time in Swansea especially in Asda."
Meanwhile, a third person suggested that an opportunity was being missed while everyone was distracted, noting that they'd 'defo be sneaking to the front of the checkout queue'.
But while Brits may have found the scenes to be a little odd, American Twitter users were delighted by it all.
One proud user commented: "Happy Independence Day! Love you beautiful deplorable patriots!"
While another added: "God Bless the best Nation in the world, our Beautiful America!"
A response to the video has since been made by TikTok user Tommy @my_doode, who analyses the lyrics of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and points out a fascinating reason as to why the third verse may have been left out of the supermarket recital.
He explains how the man who wrote the original poem, Francis Scott Key, was a 'vile and racist slave owner'.
He goes on to say: "During the war of 1812, the British offered enslaved black people freedom and land if they came and fought for them.
"And that part of the poem was telling black people that accepted that offer that they were going to f***ing die."
He concludes by throwing shade at the way problematic parts of the anthem have been omitted, saying: "So let's not cherry-pick, start playing the whole thing from now on, okay?"
Copy: Poppy Bilderbeck
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