In what has become an all too familiar scenario, baseball fans took to Twitter last night to protest another Latino singing at a national sporting event — this time New-York-City-born singer Marc Anthony.
Some fans watching Tuesday’s All Star Game were outraged that Anthony sang the traditional God Bless America performance during the seventh inning stretch, calling him “un-American.” Others criticized the way Anthony pronounced his words such as rolling his r’s in “America.”
Why is Marc Anthony singing “God Bless America?” He’s not even American. Shoulda got someone sweet like Kesha
— Spencer Babcock (@jakebabcock) July 17, 2013
Marc Anthony singing God Bless America on the MLB Allstar Game……….am I the only person that finds that unAmerican — Jerrell Rock Golden (@SirRock1001) July 17, 2013
Marc Anthony isn’t even American. He just rolled his “r” in God Bless America. — Savannah Graham (@savgraham) July 17, 2013
Another disgrace Marc Anthony singing god bless America.Is he even an American citizen? — Brian Edwards (@Dusboy7) July 17, 2013
Fans of Anthony’s instantly rushed to his defense calling the remarks “disgusting” and touting his Spanish Harlem roots.
— Gina (@atlbrewbabe) July 17, 2013
The Grammy-winning singer is far from the first Latino performer to spark backlash — all because of his ethnicity — in the Twitterverse. Just last month, 11-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz set off a barrage of racially charged tweets by people upset that the mariachi singer opened game three of the NBA Finals. Many on the social media site made negative comments about the San Antonio native, with many incorrectly saying that he was an undocumented immigrant who should not be singing the National Anthem.
At Monday’s Home Run Derby, ESPN reporter Pedro Gomez was the center of attention because he dared to interview Cuban player Yoenis Cespedes in Spanish. Commenters criticized Gomez and demanded he speak English, because “this is America.” Meanwhile, Cespedes took home the derby crown after hitting a whopping 32 runs.