American bigots now hate performances by Hispanic singers at sports event

What do some MLB and NBA fans have in common? Well, it seems like it’s a general intolerance for Hispanics singing national songs.

Just over a month after Texas’ Sebastien de la Cruz received a slew of racist tweets for performing the National Anthem at game three of the NBA Finals, Grammy-winner Marc Anthony withstood his own downpour of xenophobic Twitter remarks after singing “God Bless America” at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday.

The “Public Shaming” Tumblr site gathered several tweets in which baseball fans called choosing the 44-year-old star to sing “unAmerican” and some even used racial slurs and referred to the singer as “a Mexican.”

Other fans quickly tweeted defending Anthony and clarifying that not only is the artist of Puerto Rican descent but he was born and raised in the United States.

On Thursday, Anthony stopped by “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” to promote his upcoming world tour “Vivir Mi Vida.” During the interview, the singer himself brought up what he called the “trending topic” and addressed the tweets.

“You know, something happened that I really wanted to mention, and I wanted to clarify… you know, me singing the national anthem, there were some statements made that people were upset that they would have somebody from another country sing the national anthem,” Anthony told hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. “ But to set the record straight, I was born and raised in New York, you can’t get more New York than me.”

The star added that he was also “more Puerto Rican than ever” before receiving cheers and applause from the audience.

The Brown Shirt idiots of America are alive and well. Though it’s easy to characterize this super-patriot crap as leftover from the crap-brained spawn of the Confederacy, in reality this is a sickness that stinks up the whole country. Age, gender, class aren’t restrictions.

That political movements like the Tea Party, louts like Cruz and Limbaugh, embrace this kind of behavior as appropriate to right-wing populist ideology continues to bring it out into the open – is all.

2 thoughts on “American bigots now hate performances by Hispanic singers at sports event

  1. Michelle says:

    This whole ordeal completely dumbfounds me. I don’t understand how people can be so hateful. Were we all not from another country at one time? But just the hatefulness. I feel for the future of our children and now, at 48, am grateful I do not have children as I would not want them to live in a world so full of hatred and ignorance. I thought our society was coming together and equality was “leveling” out. But I know think it is going the opposite direction.

    • Holy Moley says:

      “The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ — all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself — that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness — that I myself am the enemy who must be loved — what then? As a rule, the Christian’s attitude is then reversed; there is no longer any question of love or long-suffering; we say to the brother within us “Raca,” and condemn and rage against ourselves. We hide it from the world; we refuse to admit ever having met this least among the lowly in ourselves.” C.G. Jung, “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” (1963).
      Raca: a Biblical term of Aramaic origin derived from a root meaning “to spit” used as a word of contempt in Matthew. 5:22.

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