It’s become a baseball tradition over the last decade or so: a famous musician sings “God Bless America” during the seventh inning of a nationally-televised game. Tuesday evening’s All Star Game was no exception, featuring the vocal talents of American pop star Marc Anthony.
Oh, wait — what’s that, you say? Anthony is of Puerto Rican descent? Uh oh…
As the “Public Shaming” Tumblr unearthed, it seems as though a great deal of baseball fans on Twitter were offended by the presence of a “Mexican,” “spic,” or “Spanish” guy singing a patriotic tune (Note, again: he is of Puerto Rican descent).
Despite Anthony being an American citizen who has sold millions of records state-side throughout his lengthy career, the onslaught of outrage continued:
On Live with Kelly and Michael this morning, Anthony addressed the controversy, telling the hosts:
“There were some statements made that people were upset that they would have someone from another country sing the national anthem. Let’s get this straight. I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”
Watch Anthony’s singing of “God Bless America” below, via Fox:
[h/t Public Shaming]
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