Viral REACT: Was TX Cheer Squad's 9/11 Routine Patriotic or 'Cringeworthy?'
A Texas cheerleading squad's 9/11 tribute performance has generated a groundswell of support, but also a lot of criticism.
Since being posted to Facebook on the 14th anniversary of the attacks, the video has been watched more than 25 million times.
Two of the Lumberton High School cheerleaders, along with their coach, joined "Fox and Friends" this morning to defend the performance, which was mostly seen as positive.
However, some on social media slammed it as "cringeworthy" and "tasteless" for the squad to be doing backflips while audio from September 11, 2001 played on the loudspeakers.
The coach, Danielle Hunter, said the annual performance goes all the way back to 2002, but went viral this year due to social media.
Hunter said the community always loves the performance, and that police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel are invited to attend.
"We thanked them for all that they do and we had a moment of silence before the performance," said Hunter.
Watch the interview and encore performance above, and see the original viral video below.
Cheerleaders 9/11 routine. So good, it'll make you cry.
Posted by Crystalynn Petoskey on Friday, September 11, 2015