American singer Marc Anthony criticized for singing God Bless America while Latino

America was traumatized by yet another incident of singing-while-Latino this week when New-York-born singer Marc Anthony, who is of Puerto Rican descent, sang God Bless America at a Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

I hate to have to even clarify this, but Puerto Rico is a part of the United States.


Here are only a few of the Tweets people wrote about Anthony singing:





A similar controversy happened last month when beyond-adorable Mexican-American mariachi singer Sebastien De La Cruz, who was born in San Antonio, sang the national anthem at the NBA finals:


Here are a few of the Tweets that De La Cruz got:

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You can find more of the racist tweets about Marc Anthony here.  And here’s Marc Anthony singing God Bless America – it’s quite a good version:

And here’s De La Cruz’s adorable national anthem:

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85 Responses to “American singer Marc Anthony criticized for singing God Bless America while Latino”

  1. Susan (Mrs. Jose) Feliciano says:

    Jose was booed, of course, but because no one had EVER interpreted that Anthem in that way.Plus he was a young, “Hippy-type” with long hair sunglasses and playing a guitar. “Race,” if you will had little or nothing to do with it…that, unfortunately, is a new and even uglier cultural cancer.

  2. Mlo says:

    Irving Berlin wrote God Bless America in 1918 and he was born in Mogilyov, Russia.

  3. Juan Amezquita says:

    I am not an American by birth, but I am a US citizen, US Navy and have served in Americorps. If I was to sing “Proud to be an American”, The same song I sang at my citizenship ceremony and after Battlestations during bootcamp when I earned the title of United States Sailor, I would have been called a beaner, a spic, a wetback and an illegal by some assholes with their head up their ass. Racism has no significance anymore, it holds no reason and nobody really respects it, and it I a sign of low intellect, and low class. If your are being racist against me, go ahead, you are just telling me that I am better than you are.

  4. Michael says:

    I am a white american and I am ashamed of my kind right about now…actually no one is orginally from here except Native Americans…and whitey pushed them out

  5. Jose says:


  6. SamT says:

    Boy, racism is not dead. It is very much alive. And all of you who made those racist comments clearly show your true colors. Hitler felt the same way. If you were Jewish, gypsy, gay, handicapped, etc, black, you were considered trash. To the individuals who made the SPIC comments, guess what? Spanish-speaking people have been here since 1492. You jerk off. Yeah, and I wrote it in English. Jerk off. The name `America’ is not even American. It’s Latin, from Amerigo Vespucchi. Look him up racist. He wasn’t American either. Your racism and hate is our country’s downfall. God Bless America.

  7. Melissa castro says:

    For all you fucking white bastards, what make you the fucking main race of this country when it was fucking people like you who are a fucking discrace to this country. Fucking white people are the real fucking animals that inslaved colored people and beat them like animals in past history and you still think you the most important race in this country. So fuck you you fucking races mother fuckers your all the ones who are a discrace to this county.

  8. VT_Citizen says:

    Just proves that the most bigoted are also by far the most stupid.

  9. goulo says:

    The young age of many of them is depressing indeed.

    A lot of people seem to act like much bigger assholes online than in real life. (Cf. the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.)


  10. goulo says:

    Sally, “not endorsing Democrats” is not identical to “endorsing Republicans”. The world does not consist of only 2 options.

  11. miguelsanti says:

    X Lmao. You back woods rednecks are soooooooooooo dumb. Look things up before you make your race look dumb. Puerto rico is part of the united states. I’ve see italians sing it,and italy is not part of the u.s id rather see a latino sing it then a white tash,inbread,toothless hillbilly. Just stick to what you guys do best…..have sex with your own kids and family. Lmao g home and brush your one tooth.

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    Pretty sure that remark was tongue-in-cheek.

  13. TonyT says:


  14. mpeasee says:

    Wow…that kid was amazing!!! …gave me chills! Want an incredible voice!

  15. Sadgirl says:

    Just because a person born or living in the US does not have white skin, blue eyes, etc it doesn’t mean that person is not American. US of America was founded by immigrant from all over the world, unless you are Native American like Navajo, Apache, Sioux, etc. Just because a person is an American doesn’t automatically mean that person isn’t an ignorant fool! Many “so called American”, are very ignorant, don’t know history, or how to publicly speak or can even spell in their own language. This are the kind of people that make America look so bad globally!

  16. AdmNaismith says:

    I’m not surprised at the level of racism here, but I am a little surprised that people are so wiling to show it.

    Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised that people are willing to show it, esp on something like Twitter where people kinda-sorta think it’s private (or not).

    Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised after growing up during the Reagan years, and seeing the rise of the Tea Baggers right before my very eyes.

    Still, it hurts the soul. I’d like to think this wil stop when we are all brown, but I know we humans will just find something else to discriminate about.

  17. F. Rivera says:

    you mean North American cause everyone on the western hemisphere lives in the American

    continent….. north, central and south America.

  18. Ty Morgan says:

    Fair enough.Sometimes some comments you can never be sure.

  19. lynchie says:

    These bigots are scared. They need someone to blame for being uneducated and unhireable. They listen to Beck, Hannity, Coulter, Rush and O’Reilly and can’t see that the world is moving forward and changing and they want to live in the 50’s where the word GAY was never uttered, where every one went to church and prayed and the blacks new where to stay. No mexicans then, or few, so they were no threat. Ozzie and Harriet was the adored American family. The old generation will be dead soon. The young simply can’t adapt and accept change and will sit in their trailers drinking beer, slapping the wife around and wondering what the hell happened to their “Merica”.

  20. lynchie says:

    Inquiring minds want to know. Why have you been drinking this early in the day? Drunk and stupid a deadly combination.

  21. hauksdottir says:

    emjayjay is being snarkish. Just thought you might want to know that.

  22. Ty Morgan says:

    The Pledge of Allegiance was not written by George Washington but by a man named Frank Bellamy in1892. The words” under God” were not added until 1948 by a man named Louis Bowman, an attorney from Illinois. The added phrase was made official by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1954.Just thought you might want to know that.

  23. recon says:

    i was born of peruvian nationals, 12 years usmc, police officer, nurse, paramedic, and i am pretty sure i am more of a true american than many, thus i say leave marc anthony alone, we have bigger wars to battle! remember “the never ending war” heeelllloooo?

  24. Bosfarcal says:

    Nah, there’s no racism in America. None whatsoever.

  25. jomicur says:

    I’ve always loved Tony Kushner’s description of the “melting pot” in Angels in America: “the melting pot where nothing ever melted.”

  26. jomicur says:

    I imagine it’s only a matter of time before they start issuing their own dictionaries, with definitions suited to their various bigotries–the way they keep re-editing and re-“translating” the Bible so it fits their agenda. And I’m sure one of the first new definitions will be “Illegal=different in any way.”

  27. jomicur says:

    Hey, God made white people. Everyone else is spawn of the devil. Doesn’t it say that in the Constitution?

  28. Rosie says:

    I really thought americans were smarter than that,, a really waste of education when we profile all hispanics as mexicans. Seriously people stop humiliating america and portraying how dumm and uneducated you are. First of all Mark anthony is Not Mexican, 2 he’s puerto rican, and 3 Puerto ricans are natural born Us citizens, in other words Puerto rico is a us territorry! Oh and by the way Mark was born in NY. So before making a fool of your selves read news or study some History!

  29. ComradeRutherford says:

    Exactly how Britain established national boundaries in their Middle East territories to exacerbate the local tensions, and it’s exactly how Conservatives in America today keep everyone as poor as possible: so they are too busy squabbling among themselves to fight for their freedom against their slave masters.

  30. ComradeRutherford says:


  31. ComradeRutherford says:

    You don’t seem to understand the racist mind: Where you are born makes no difference if you aren’t a white racist just like them. If you are not white, you are an illegal. That’s all there is to it.

  32. emjayay says:

    No you have it wrong. Liberals hate America and in fact are not Real Americans at all and live in Not Real America.

  33. emjayay says:

    Particularly the One Nation Under God part, written by George Washington when they founded the country under fundamentalist Christian concepts.

  34. emjayay says:

    I was just reading YahooNews comments again, full of people calling Obama the worst president ever and a racist because of his extremely heartfelt and carefully considered comments yesterday, and hundreds of outraged comments on the topic of rising chicken prices claiming for example that the CPU ignores food and fuel prices and that chicken and corn producers are creating crises in various ways to run up prices. Facts? They just don’t care. It’s all about knowing nothing except maybe what Michael Savage or some email or wingnut alert told you, and then getting off on your outrage. Don’t bother to wash or rinse, repeat and repeat.

  35. emjayay says:

    Well at least the fans at the game seemed to enjoy it. Not as much as being on the big screen for a few seconds of course.

  36. You’re too young to remember this, John, but this nonsense has been going on since Jose Feliciano sang the first personalized version of the National Anthem at the 1968 World Series. []. If you’ve never heard it, give it a listen. Beautiful. He was booed, of course.

  37. Blogvader says:

    This kind of nonsense is only going to get worse as the GOP struggles to remind white people how special and important they are. (And minorities just how little we value them in American society.)

    Strap yourselves in folks. It’s only going to get uglier.

  38. socialogics says:

    Why is this even a conversation? Don’t you white Americans know that Puerto Rican are born American citizens? Don’t you guys go to school ? I’m starting to think that white Americans are just dumb !

  39. HarpoSnarx says:

    “Terrified white anachronisms”

    GREAT opening!

  40. paulabflat says:

    snortle! stupid dust.

  41. HarpoSnarx says:

    Ah, isn’t this one of the Reichstag-burners favorite bait and switches? Something about “minority” assimilation into the Great Melting Pot?
    Here’s a great example and these, ah these bigoted (NOT the R-word!) dolts are still not happy.
    Gawd, wait until they can start suing for “discrimination,” you know, that racial thing that doesn’t happen anymore.

  42. lilyannerose says:

    This could almost make me believe that America is under attack and that the weapon is ‘stupid dust.’

  43. BeccaM says:


  44. Woujer says:

    I used to think that this sort of thing could be improved through education. I was wrong, and it just makes me sick to see people’s hatred. Nothing is going to change it; people hate, because it makes stupid people feel better about themselves to hate others. Its just putrid.

  45. SamuelHull says:

    Your line, ” . . . your experiences are not the default life experiences for everyone else.” I’m stealing this and using it.

  46. caphillprof says:

    It seems to me this is of a piece with the “outrage” in Boston.

  47. Bill_Perdue says:

    I was pointing out that your comment had nothing to do the current situation. Unions have fought for decades for equality on the job and in union situations in in organizing efforts equality is a given.

    I can’t think of any strikes that have been broken by the use of racists tactics recently and that’s the result of decades of union organizing and leftist propaganda against racism. The current efforts to organize fast food workers and workers at scab companies like Wal-Mart are textbook cases of the cooperation of people from many ethnicities, all age groups and both genders. (The are racists everywhere and they poison the atmosphere everywhere, but they are not welcome in unions or in union organizing drives.

    If your point is that such tactics were successful to one degree or another a century ago I’ll agree but it is not a major problem now except for the deliberate use of racism on a wide scale, and has to be treated politically as well as by trade unions.

  48. EdA says:

    Don’t forget that these sad excuses are living in the past!

  49. EdA says:

    And not only do these sociopaths presume to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, something they clearly don’t believe in, but chance are that they scream if someone chooses not to.

  50. Jake Stevens says:

    Wow, I didn’t even realize some of those epithets were still in use. “Beaner” “Spic” really?

  51. HolyMoly says:

    Glad that you know where I have and haven’t been in my life without ever having met me.

    The “effort to divide and conquer” (your words) have been going on for decades if not centuries in the U.S. alone, and I’m sure throughout all of modern history. I provided an example (“straight out of the Gilded Age playbook”) of a method that WAS USED in the past (i.e., Gilded Age). “Employers WOULD mix up immigrant workers…” (past tense). In other words, “divide and conquer” has been going on for quite a long time. Different tactics today, but the strategy is the same. I don’t know how you got the impression that I said this was going on today (mixing up immigrants).

    Bailyn, Bernard, et al. “The Great Republic: A History of the American People” 4th ed. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath & Co., 1992.

  52. TheOriginalLiz says:

    Terrified white anachronisms lash out yet again. It must be so scary to see the world changing around you and know you don’t have what it takes to adapt.

  53. Ada says:

    It is honor to have a great voice like marc anthony sing god bless america

  54. FunMe says:

    There are so many freaking racists here in America not only toward African-Americans but also towards Latinos. They need to be exposed as cockroaches that they here in our country of United States of America. I say if you want to HATE America with your racists attitude and do not want to UNITE our country, you have no place in our country. You racists need to get out …

    “America .. love it or leave it!”

  55. Steven says:

    I agree with you, this just seems to be getting worse. I suspect we simply see a lot more of it through the social media, but it does appear that some folks, even younger ones, are really as nasty and ignorant as you can imagine.

  56. Steven says:

    I always figured it would get worse before it gets better regarding the inevitable decline of the white majority and the ensuing screaming and clawing on the way out, but truly, it has gotten there even quicker than I expected. I’m a middle-aged white guy, and I cannot for the life of me understand the hostility and anger and venom directed at so many others simply because of their heritage or skin color. And the outright ignorance is simply astounding.

    I think the root cause of this is that, for the most part, people refuse to, or are unable to, empathize with those unlike themselves. As a white guy, I try to imagine what it feels like to be a young black guy who gets followed by security when he goes shopping, or how a Latina might think when she is out with her kids and all eyes are on her, thinking ‘illegal.’ Is it so difficult to put oneself in another’s shoes and try to see things from their perspective? To understand that your experiences are not the default life experiences for everyone else?

    We certainly aren’t a post-racial society, that’s for sure. We may have elected a black man twice as president, but that still leaves a sizable minority that seems ever more determined to make its bigotry and ill will as ever-present as possible.

  57. Bill_Perdue says:

    Pretending that the Democrats are better or even particularly different than the Republicans is a lie. They’re not. Unions get busted by both parties. In point of fact Obama and the Democrats are doing their best to woo the .01% and attack unions, pandering and duplicating their betrayals of the antiwar movement, the Bill of Rights, the fight for socialized medicine and what they did to the LGBT communities for decades.

    Obama and Emanuel tried to bust the Chicago Teachers union. Obama appoints another union busters as his chief of staff: In these Times 01 29 12 “ Obama’s Union-Busting New Chief of Staff? Jacob Lew Helped Destroy Grad Students’ Union at NYU When Obama’s new Chief of Staff was NYU executive vice president, school ceased recognizing the grad students union”’s_union-busting_new_chief_of_staff_jacob_lew_helped_destroy_grad_students’_union_at_nyu?page=entire

    Obama attacks airline and rail workers: LABORnotes 02 15 12“Two years after President Obama and Democrats abandoned labor’s much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act, they have refused to block Republicans intent on making life miserable for airline and rail workers. A bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, voted up 75-20 in the Senate, changes federal labor law to make organizing more difficult for railroad and airline unions. New rules will make it easier to decertify unions and harder to win elections when employers merge.”

    Obama attacks the UAW HuffPo 09 03 2010 “The White House is forcefully pushing back on former (Obama) car czar Steve Rattner’s upcoming book about his time in Washington, specifically the allegation that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once blurted “Fuck the UAW” when told that tens of thousands of autoworkers’ jobs were at stake in the restructuring of the auto industry.”

    NY Democrat Cuomo attacks unions AlterNet “On Tuesday, a group of nearly 2,000 union members and their supporters met Governor Andrew Cuomo in Albany, New York to protest his 2012-2013 budget proposal cutting pensions and benefits for workers…”,_mic-check_pension-cutting_ny_governor_andrew_cuomo/

    California Democrat Brown attacks state workersSacramento Bee 05 16 2012“Questions swirl around Jerry Brown’s plan to cut state workers’ hours… Brown wants to move most of California’s 214,000 workers to four-day workweeks and 9.5-hour shifts starting July 1. The change would reduce state workers’ hours and pay by 5 percent each month and cut state payroll by about $839 million, $401 million of it from the deficit-ridden general fund…”

    Obama attacks federal workers and postal workersLABORNotes 03 06 2012 “During the Obama administration, and especially during its first two years when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress, the alliance between unions and their political patrons began to wither. The Employee Free Choice Act, the law that would have eased union organizing drives, was shelved. When the administration bailed out the auto companies, it dictated wage cuts, plant closings, and tens of thousands of layoffs, and stripped workers’ right to strike. The health care bill attacked union-negotiated plans. A green-job transformation for the economy stalled. Then Obama announced in December 2010 that salaries for federal workers, already low compared to those of private-sector workers with similar education and longevity, would be frozen for years into the future

    Why do you scab for Demorat union busters?

  58. karmanot says:

    Oh please, that’s is not what he’s saying and that old fall back canard is ridiculous

  59. Sally says:

    I didn’t see this live, but I am in a summer band and at our concert, the director ( a member of a n evangelical mega-church and a new pastor at 55) said something disparaging about it. Shame on him, and anyone else who thinks this way. It was a lovely rendition, heartfelt and well sung. Get over yourselves. America is not, and never was, the singular domain of white males.

  60. Sally says:

    So what are you saying? They should endorse the GOP, whose only desire is to break them and turn them into minimum wage poor people? Yeah, that’s voting for their best interests.

  61. Bill_Perdue says:

    You’ve never actually been on a job-site in mining, construction, meatpacking or in service industries where the majority of immigrant workers are employed. I have and have tried to help organize unions.

    Please supply citations of events like you describe on this planet and in this century.

  62. nicho says:

    OT — Haters still trying to block same-sex marriage in CA.

    This time it’s the San Diego county clerk.

  63. mike31c says:

    Wow, and these stupid repukes in Utah want to make education optional? Hell these assholes are a disgrace not only to themselves but to their parents.

  64. Bill_Perdue says:

    Hopefully they won’t sell out and endorse Democrats as they so often do. It’s to early to tell. The growing union left doesn’t sell out. Selling out is endorsing Democrats and Republicans.

  65. B.J. Caldwell says:

    I’m from Canada and I have seen Celine Dion sing both the US National Anthem (at a US Stadium event) as well as God Bless America….I believe the God Bless America was on board the USS Harry Truman. And Celine Dion is Canadian.

  66. Max_1 says:

    If you aren’t white…
    … You’re not American?

    Yep, racism is dead…
    … Walking dead, that is.

  67. Indigo says:

    Probably. I’d say it could happen during the 2016 campaigning. That’s how trashy it’s getting.

  68. HolyMoly says:

    Straight out of the Gilded Age playbook. Employers would mix up immigrant workers on work teams with people who don’t speak the same language and, if possible, who have historical animosity towards each other, like pairing up a Russian worker with a Pole, or a Bosnian worker with a Serb. All for the purpose of preventing them from learning to cooperate with each other and form unions, or organize strikes.

  69. Thom Allen says:

    No, it doesn’t have to be earned. You don’t need to be a US citizen or green card holder or even a sports fan. I think that it’s partly what Bill_Perdue said above. Also, they’re striking out at what they perceive as threats to their jobs, religious beliefs, etc. It’s not the right wing (their Good Ole Party) that caused any of this economic meltdown, job losses and other problems. They need to find a scapegoat and vent. Women, gays, Latinos/Hispanics, blacks are all available to blame. Lost my job? It’s cause of them dam immigrants. Wife left me? Gay marriage caused that. Kid got arrested? It’s the . . . you get the idea.

  70. Indigo says:

    Marc Anthony? He’s as American as it gets. WTF?

  71. Thom Allen says:

    Unfortunately, internet anonymity allows h8ers to post this stuff openly without repercussions.

    Though, once on a similar thread, where there were a bunch of people spouting off anti-gay remarks, I went to the Facebook pages of about 10 I picked at random. 3 were just established that day. One was only a few days old and only had a few anti-gay posts and most of the rest were only sporadically used. Made me think that maybe a few were just kids stirring the pot before bedtime.

  72. Joehio says:

    Is that something that has to be earned? Is there a requirement that the singer of the anthem has to be American? For example, if somebody wanted a great foreign opera singer (say, Kiri Te Kanawa or Domingo or Pavarotti) to sing the anthem, would that not be allowed? I’m seriously asking … I don’t know hardly anything about baseball.

  73. FLL says:

    This is where I agree with you. For many decades, unions have been one of the prime agents of social change. That’s why I’m very curious to see what suggestions the largest unions make to their members concerning elections in 2014 and 2016.

  74. magster says:

    I thought he was Newyorican. No real difference, American through and through.

  75. Bill_Perdue says:

    As the economic situation worsens the right will continue to press their racism, anti-gay bigotry, and immigrant bashing in an effort to divide and conquer.

    The best way to overcome this is to build unions and the union left and support the drive to organize immigrant and imported workers into unions where their voices can be joined with other as a working class alternative to racism. Unions are the heavy infantry of social change.

  76. NMRon says:

    I think the thousands of Hispanics who’ve served and died for the country, including 44 Medal of Honor winners, have earned the right for an Hispanic to sing the fuckin’ national anthem. How low Republicans have brought the country.

  77. Joehio says:

    Some of the things that surprise me about this are:
    1) The intensity of this. I am Hispanic and never ever encountered this kind of stuff in my life until fairly recently. This seems to be a kind of manufactured racism that is getting worse.
    2) The age of the tweeters. If those are actually their pictures in their avatars, I am really surprised that people so young would be so racist. I would have guessed them in their 60s or older. (But I guess senior citizens don’t tweet much so it kind of makes sense in that way?)

  78. DonewithDems says:

    It’s like being transported back to the ’50’s, ’60’s, and ’70’s. Racisim, it’s an American pastime. What’s next, cross-burnings?

  79. Yeah I didn’t mention that Puerto Rico was America, but actually I probably should (sadly)

  80. FLL says:

    Singing the National Anthem or “God Bless America” while Latino. Do our dear Republican Uncle Zeke and Aunt Hattie hate all those brown-skinned Mexicans and Puerto Ricans because they generally vote Democratic and almost never cast a write-in ballot for Mickey Mouse or Cher? Will someone please tell their Republican Uncle Zeke and Aunt Hattie to go f*ck themselves? Please? Pretty please with KKK white hoods on it?

  81. HolyMoly says:

    They’ve definitely come out of their caves as of late.

    You just reminded me of the old Eddie Murphy skit about the racist Italian guy who is emboldened after watching “Rocky” for the first time. Didn’t end so well for him, if I remember correctly.

  82. HolyMoly says:

    As for the young kid, Sebastien, along with the racism goes more than a little jealousy. Here is a young man of what they consider to be an “inferior” race who is highly talented and quite mature for his age (I watched an interview on Univision — Primer Impacto — where he handled the whole thing with better tact than most adults would). Yet the children and grandchildren of these racists can barely spell, care nothing about the world except what’s in it for them, and their talent amounts to little more than eating their own boogers.

    Both Sebastien and Marc Anthony are American born (in Marc’s case, Puerto Rico is an American territory anyway, so it matters little whether he was born there or in New York).

    I really could care less if there actually was a time when a non-American sang the National Anthem. I think it would show someone who took the time and cared enough to learn the song and sing it properly — in other words, RESPECT. And respect is something too many Americans need to learn, and fast. The world’s changing and if we don’t change with it, we’re going to get shut out.

  83. nicho says:

    The Zimmerman verdict has emoldened racists everywhere in the US.

  84. KingCranky says:

    The racists/nativists/xenophobes bashing Anthony and De La Cruz are also probably bitter & jealous that their couldn’t perform the National Anthem as well as those two.

  85. cole3244 says:

    from the tone of those tweets its accurate to say the two citizens that sang the natl anthem have a better understanding of being an american than those that sent those ignorant tweets, bigots be gone, the sooner the better.
    although all hispanics don’t look alike all bigots sound alike.

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