‘Outnumbered’ criticizes Jon Stewart for calling the national anthem a ‘strange ritual’ at games

The “Outnumbered” panel ripped into Jon Stewart on Friday after the comedian called the playing of the national anthem at sporting events a “strange ritual.”

“I think that is an unfortunate, but not surprising, attitude [the national anthem], “said co-host Emily Compagno, a former NFL cheerleader.

Compagno, noting that Stewart himself played football in college, said the ritual of singing the national anthem at matches was an “incredible moment” of “patriotism” and tapped the former “Daily Show” host for trying to distinguish between to stand for the flag at a match versus to stand while you are at home watching television.

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“I’m a patriot every day, no matter where I am, and I stand for my national anthem,” she added.

“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain said flying the flag was one of the few things Americans have left to unite around.

Celebrities Jon Stewart and Pete Davidson take part in a match between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks on December 14, 2021

Celebrities Jon Stewart and Pete Davidson take part in a match between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks on December 14, 2021
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“It’s pretty sophomorious to punch holes in it,” he added.

Meanwhile, Fox News anchor Julie Banderas called Stewart’s comments “just idiotic.”

Stewart shared his views on the anthem Thursday during his podcast “The Problem of Jon Stewart.”

“Does anyone know when it started playing the national anthem before matches? It’s such a weird ritual,” Stewart said.

“I’ve always thought about when Kaepernick took the knee, and it all sounded like, ‘You have to stand for the hymn!’ … But why is it like that?” Stewart later added. “When the anthem comes, you only have to stand if you are there. But the transitive principle through television – if it is through television, you can do whatever you want. If you are in a stadium there is a whole cure, you must through.”

A teacher from the charity Extra Yard for Teachers kneels during the national anthem ahead of the fight between Clemson and LSU on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans.

A teacher from the charity Extra Yard for Teachers kneels during the national anthem ahead of the fight between Clemson and LSU on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans.

The American tradition was practiced during many of America’s most harrowing moments. The late Whitney Houston sang ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during the 1991 Super Bowl, just as the United States had entered the Persian Gulf War. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, firefighters and police officers banded together and held an American flag under the anthem.

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In the wake of World War II, the NFL commissioner said the anthem should be “as much a part” of the game as kickoff.

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