I forgot to add one thing I personally find very telling about people’s reaction to the “National Anthem”. I keep coming across the viewing audience’s reaction described as “horrified”. Sure some reviews say the audience starts out gleeful, but they all claim it turns to horror. It doesn’t: it starts out gleeful and turns to spellbound enthrallment. “ You can’t turn it off! That’s history in the making, that!” as Alan Leech’s character tells us. We can’t look away, and we console ourselves with the lie that the audience were horrified and so were we.