On Tuesday (July 16) Marc Anthony performed “God Bless America” during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. A performance any artist would be nervous about, Anthony made headlines the next day not for the way he sang the song, but for the mere act of him — a Latino man — singing it.
Some took to Twitter to say they found it “un-American” that he sang “God Bless America,” while others questioned his “Mexican” decent.
The truth of the matter is that the New York-born singer is of Puerto Rican descent.
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
Why is a Mexican, Marc Anthony, singing god bless America? Doesn't he know this is AMERICA's song? #ASG—
BitLocker (@BlurNulled) July 17, 2013
Instead of letting it go, Anthony visited Live with Kelly and Michael on Thursday (July 18) to address the issue.
“There were some statements made that people were upset that they would have somebody from another country sing the national anthem,” Anthony said. “To set the record straight, I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”
He added: “I’m more Puerto Rican than ever and I’m more New York than ever.”