Scripps National Spelling Bee official brings Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ to the… stage

Co-winner Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York spells a word during the 87th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor, Maryland May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: EDUCATION SOCIETY)


There’s nothing like unintentionally throwing in a little comic relief to calm the nerves of potential National Spelling Bee champions, especially when it comes in the form of that awkward “Milkshake” song by Kelis, which still somehow manages to haunt us today.

Sriram Hathwar, who eventually went on to share the winning title at the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, was given the word “feijoada” and asked the pronouncer to use the word in a sentence.

The pronouncer, Dr. Jacques Bailly, who won the spelling bee in 1980, began to read the sentence, “While Tabitha discovered that her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard…” before abruptly being cut off by someone off camera, saying “Stop, stop!”

Hathwar, probably too young to understand the hilarity of the sentence, looks utterly confused as to why people in the audience are laughing.

“Oh…oh boy. Sorry I was reading the wrong sentence,” says Dr. Bailly, realizing the blunder. The audience laughs harder, as does Hathwar, but it’s pretty clear by his nervous laugh, that he has no idea what is so funny about the sentence.

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It is unclear whether this little slip was planned or not as an explanation by the Scripps Spelling Bee has yet to be made. Maybe it was simply a ploy to create a little buzz in the otherwise known as “boring spelling bee” match…either that or someone is making a subtle attempt at rehashing Kelis’ 2003 “hit” single, “Milkshake”.

For the love of all that is spelled correctly, NO. Please, just no.

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