Marc Anthony is a proud New Yorker and he’s not afraid to say so after comments slamming the Puerto Rican singer for his performance of ‘God Bless America” on Tuesday night’s 2013 ML All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York City went viral on Twitter.
“There were some statements made that people were upset that they would have someone from another country sing the national anthem,” Anthony said Thursday in an interview with “Live with Kelly and Michael.” “Let’s get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”
During Anthony’s All-Star Game performance, a wave of criticism on Twitter surfaced, questioning his legal status, disparaging his Hispanic heritage and even criticizing his singing style, accusing him of singing with a Latin accent.
Despite the controversy, Anthony – whose chart-topping hits include tunes like 2004’s “Valió La Pena” – made it clear that he considered singing “God Bless America” an honor, albeit a nerve-wracking one.
““Nobody can help you if anything goes wrong,” said Anthony, who is currently promoting his upcoming album,“Marc Anthony 3.0.”“I’m looking for the nearest exit. I’m just gonna run. But it’s the most gratifying as well. It’s just so risky… It’s not whether I can hit the notes. It’s whether I’m going to forget the words. I do not want to be the top story on CNN.”
“Live” co-host Kelly Ripa – who is married to Mexican actor Mark Consuelos, with whom she has children – said that she found the outrage “depressing.”
“It’s so depressing,” she said. “I get depressed when I hear things like that.”
And Anthony made it clear to the nation that there’s nothing to dispute regarding his citizenship and his right to sing the patriotic anthem.
“I just want to set the record straight,” he said. “I’m more Puerto Rican than ever. I’m more New York than ever.”