Marc Anthony performed God Bless America at the MBL All-Star Game on Tuesday and received harsh feedback from some fans who felt he was not American enough to perform the song.
Anthony was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. He grew up in East Harlem also known as Spanish Harlem.
“You can’t get more New York than me,” Anthony said in an interview on Live! With Kelly and Michael.
The baseball fans offended by his performance appeared to be uninformed of Anthony’s citizenship with many tweeting and taking offense to him singing the song. Many of the tweets were infused with derogatory remarks much more offensive than the ones listed.
“Another disgrace Marc Anthony singing God Bless America. Is he even an American?”
“Shouldn’t an American be singing God Bless America? #getoutofmycountry #allstargame”
“Welcome to America where God Bless America is sung at our national pastime by a Mexican.”
It appears that Anthony is not the lone ranger in the recent criticism of Latino’s singing American patriotic songs. In June, Sebastien de la Cruz, an 11-year-old from San Antonio, TX, sang the national anthem during the NBA finals and received a similar reception from some of the fans.
The critics of the performances appear to be driven my prejudice and hate. If an American citizen cannot sing an American patriotic song, who has the right?
Marc Anthony is a Grammy award winner and multi-platinum artist. His execution of God Bless America had fans and athletes singing along with him.
“I just want to set the record straight,” said Anthony. “And I’m more Puerto Rican than ever and I’m more New York than ever.”
While the sentiments of these individuals are not that of the majority, it is still appalling and offensive that these individuals would openly use social media to express their hate.
By: Veverly Edwards