Texas Walmart shoppers stop for impromptu national anthem; Internet misses the patriotism
A Walmart store in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, on July 3 saw customers stopping to spontaneously sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner' with hands over their hearts. Apparently one person started it while other onlookers wasted no time before joining in. The TikTok video of the singalong received mixed reactions on social media with many calling it "embarrassing" while others found it "patriotic".
TikTok user with the handle @raised..right 'Texan Raised Right' shared the clip with the description, "Very patriotic scene in Haslet, Tx Walmart 7/3/21 someone started singing the national anthem---- and people joined in." Above the clip, the video was captioned, "God bless Texas and God bless the USA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Credit: Cody Bill Schrage."
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It took no time for the video to go viral on social media. At the time of writing this article, the TikTok video had received more than 1.2 million views, 191.5K likes and 19.7K comments. You can watch the video below:
God bless Texas and God bless the USA! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Credit: Cody Bill Schrage♬ original sound - Texan Raised Right
One user commented under the video, "A to the MEN. You made an old vet cry with pride. God Bless the USA." Another TikToker wrote under the video, "This is amazing!!…we need to see more of this."
"May God Bless each and every one who joined in the National Anthem and saluted Our Beautiful Flag🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸in Haslet, Texas!! God sees all things!♥️🙏🏻" a user wrote under the YouTube upload of the video. "AMEN!! God bless Texas from Ga...and God bless America and the men and women who protect our rights here in the US! Hugs," another user commented praising the video.
So much was the effect of the impromptu anthem singalong that social media users found themselves overwhelmed. "Damn, made me tear up. We as a nation are so divided and are being taught to hate ourselves and our country. Seeing men and woman of various shades join is to sing this is beautiful. I hope like hell we can save this country before it's destroyed by those who seek to destroy it," one wrote. under the YouTube video. Another added, "This is the first video Ive seen in a long time that actually had a positive effect on people. What you are witnessing here ladies and gentlemen are Americans from all walks of life at it's best. God Bless The USA."
At the same time, there were some of those who dissed the video, deeming it "strange" and "awkward" and vowed that they would have ignored the singing and kept shopping.
"if i walk into a walmart and see this shit im immediately leaving," one tweeted. Another added along similar lines, "An alarm amount of people that are Americans think this is cringe. I would've kept moving tbh. That sh*ts weird." Another user added, "This is embarrassing, if I was a foreign visitor to the country and walked in Walmart to see this I'd catch the next flight home."
if i walk into a walmart and see this shit im immediately leaving— Salty (@saltyreborn_) July 5, 2021
An alarm amount of people that are Americans think this is cringe. I would've kept moving tbh. That shits weird.— Chilled-Sama (@NindaPanja) July 5, 2021
This is embarrassing, if I was a foreign visitor to the country and walked in Walmart to see this I'd catch the next flight home.— Josh Evo (@JoshEvo__) July 6, 2021