Scripps Spelling Bee Sneaks In A Reference To Kelis' "Milkshake"

Friday May 30th, 2014


The Scripps National Spelling Bee slipped a reference to Kelis' "Milkshake" into one of their example sentences during this year's competition, seemingly much to the chagrin of Jacques Bailly, the official pronouncer of the Bee.

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Eventual co-champion Sriram Hathwar asked for "feijoada", a Brazilian bean and meat stew, to be used in a sentence. This resulted in Bailly calling back the 2004 hit before someone off-mic can be heard telling him to stop, after which he says he "read the wrong sentence."

The "wrong sentence" excuse feels like a little bit of a cover up, but any reason to get Kelis to a new generation is fine, considering many of the contestants were not even in pre-school when the song originally came out.



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