Apparently, some people need to be reminded that Marc Anthony is an American—as the Associated Press and Billboard report.
The New York-born singer of Puerto Rican descent touted his roots on “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Thursday after some people criticized his selection to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held in New York City.
Marc Anthony singing God Bless America on the MLB Allstar Game……….am I the only person that finds that unAmerican
In an interview, the Grammy-winning salsa star said that he heard people were questioning why a foreign-born person was singing the patriotic song.
“Let’s get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”
A great deal of the negative, often bluntly racist, feedback on Anthony’s performance was made on Twitter. The Public Shaming Tumblr blog documented some of the worst that America had to offer. (Many of the individuals have since deleted their Twitter accounts.)
Similar comments were made last month when a Texas-born 11-year-old mariachi singer sang the national anthem during the NBA finals. Both Anthony and the child are Latino.
For the original report go to http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin-notas/2969521/marc-anthony-to-angry-americans-im-an-american