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People are petitioning for Sonic Adventure 2’s ‘City Escape’ to be the national anthem

It's a brilliant idea.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Published Aug 30, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 3:30 am CDT

Doesn’t “The Star-Spangled Banner” feel kind of old as our national anthem? It’s time that we freshen up the song the United States turns to as a beacon of hope and to remember the values the country was founded on. Thankfully, one brilliant genius already has an idea for a new anthem: “Escape from the City” from the iconic video game Sonic Adventure 2.

Gabe Carey of Glen Burnie, Maryland, has started an online petition calling for the change of song. As of Tuesday afternoon, it already has more than 4,500 signatures. It’ll eventually be delivered to none other than President Barack Obama.

For those unfamiliar with the banger, you must taken a listen ASAP.

Seriously, what’s more patriotic than this song? With the themes of perseverance, leadership, and freedom, Sonic has set the golden example.

Carey explains a bit more about why he started the petition on its page:

Tell us, America, would you rather be reminded of the constant violence and threats faced by the soldiers of 1812 to get to this still-divided point in U.S. history or be set free by the rush of danger lurking around every turn as you follow your rainbow at the speed of sound?

It’s your call, America. Follow me, set me free in my pursuit of changing the national anthem to this beloved classic tune.

This all comes amid controversy surrounding NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand during performances of the national anthem as a protest of racial injustice and police brutality. Carey admits that the obvious solution would be to rid the country of all the bullshit that Kaepernick is taking a stand against, but since that seems unlikely anytime soon, it’s worth executing something doable like changing the national anthem to “Escape from the City.”

What would Sonic do in this situation? He’d surely sign the petition along with the several thousand other people that already have.

As one petition supporter commented, “Gotta go fast, to save our country.” 

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*First Published: Aug 30, 2016, 4:31 pm CDT