Why People Care Whether Beyoncé Lip-Synched At The Inauguration
"Beyoncé's performance makes us nervous when juxtaposed with the earnest idealism of the inauguration. ... [Her] fakery, it seems, implies some larger fakery at the heart of the whole enterprise. ... We don't want to be reminded that we're watching mere mortals who might trip on their way to the podium, stutter through the oaths of office, shiver in the cold, or worse, err in judgment and lead the country on the wrong path."
The New Yorker 01/23/13