DETROIT.MI - NOVEMBER 24: Detroit native Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem prior to the start of the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings game at Ford Field on November 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Aretha Franklin’s long version of national anthem goes viral

Those naysayers were drowned out by Franklin's fans, who said they needed to show a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

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Franklin wore her trademark fur coat and a Detroit beanie to signify her hometown. She sat down at a piano and belted out a 4-minute, 35-second version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Her version brought the house down at Detroit's Ford Field, and her performance quickly went viral.

For reference, the average length of the last ten Super Bowl national anthems has been just under two minutes.

Twitter had a field day with the song’s length, and so did the game’s broadcaster, CBS. The network put up a graphic that showed not only the time of possession by the Lions and Vikings, but also by Franklin.

But Franklin’s legion of fans responded in kind, defending the song’s length.

“That was a gospel version of the #NationalAnthem,” tweeted John Miller (@jfreemon63) “It's called seasoning folks. Prep takes longer ... but it tastes better.

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