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.