After singing “God Bless America” at an MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night Marc Anthony got attacked via Twitter. The New York native who grew up in Spanish Harlem sang the traditional song during the seventh inning stretch. Some tweets called him “un-American” and even questioned his citizenship. Others criticized his pronunciation, saying he rolled his r’s during the performance for the word “American.”
Fans of the the Grammy-winner were quick to defend the singer and clarify his Nuyorican roots.
Racially charged tweets and attacks started last month when 11-year-old mariachi singer Sebastien de la Cruz sang the National Anthem at three of the NBA Finals. Many said he was an undocumented immigrant when in fact he is a San Antonio native.
Read some of the tweets below.
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
Another disgrace Marc Anthony singing god bless America.Is he even an American citizen?
— Brian Edwards (@Dusboy7) July 17, 2013
— Ellanista (@EllaNista) July 17, 2013
— Gina (@atlbrewbabe) July 17, 2013