Fans of America's favorite pastime were not thrilled to see Marc
Anthony sing "God Bless America" during the eighth inning of Tuesday's
MLB All-Star game.
Much like when mariachi sensation Sebastien de la Cruz sang
the national anthem at the NBA Finals last month, viewers of the ESPN
telecast were confused as to why a "Mexican" was chosen to sing the
However, the people calling out Anthony obviously were unaware that
not only is he not Mexican, he was actually born in New York City.
"There were some statements made that people were upset that they
would have someone from another country sing the national anthem,"
Anthony said Thursday on the TV show "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."
While Anthony's parents are Puerto Rican, he is a 100 percent an
American, something he was surprised he had to clarify following this
"I just want to set the record straight," he said. "I'm more Puerto Rican than ever. I'm more New York than ever."
A spokesperson for MLB told Fox News Latino, "Marc Anthony is a proud
American, New Yorker and Mets fan. We think he performed a beautiful
rendition of God Bless America at the All-Star Game."
However not everyone agreed.
Parker Lofstrom wrote on his Twitter page, "Why is a Mexican singing ‘God Bless America?'"
Another viewer, Blake Bryce, had a similar question, "I'm watching
America's favorite pastime. About to sing 'God Bless America.' But we
don't having an American artist singing it?"
And it didn't stop there. A barrage of tweets similar in nature flooded in during Athony's performance.
Trey McNickle wrote "Letting a Spanish guy sing God Bless America
really hurts my heart. Figure it out America," but he was one of the few
people to actually apologize for his comments.
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