The word “distort” means to twist or change something in a way that makes it less accurate or truthful. In this case, Sinhawansa did not change the meaning of the lyric, she just pronounced it incorrectly.
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A team of investigators from the Public Administration and Local Government Ministry has found that singer Umara Sinhawansa mispronounced a key lyric in the National Anthem.
The investigation was launched after a video of Sinhawansa singing the anthem in a high pitch and mispronouncing a key lyric went viral on social media.
The team’s report found that Sinhawansa’s singing of the anthem was “not in accordance with the melody set out in the Constitution” and that she had “mispronounced a key lyric”.
The report also found that there are no regulations in place governing the singing of the National Anthem at national events.
The team has recommended that the government add a regulation to the National Anthem to ensure that it is sung in the correct melody and lyrics.
They have also requested that the government issue a circular to all sports clubs and associations that organize international events, instructing them to sing the anthem in the correct way.
Here are some other issues that have arisen around the globe regarding the singing of national anthems:
Protests: In 2016, American football player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
This sparked a national debate about the role of protest in sports and the meaning of the national anthem.
Political statements: In 2018, the Mexican national soccer team refused to sing the national anthem before a game against Germany.
This was seen as a protest against the country’s government.
Language barriers: In Canada, the national anthem is sung in both English and French. This is because Canada is a bilingual country.
However, there are still some people who do not speak either language and may feel excluded from the anthem.
Religious objections: Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to sing national anthems because they believe that it is a form of worship.
This has led to some Jehovah’s Witnesses being penalized for not singing the national anthem at school or at sporting events.
Censorship: In China, the national anthem is censored and cannot be sung in public without permission from the government.
This is because the government is afraid that the anthem could be used to spread dissent.