Mexican-American Boy Hit With Racist Comments for Singing U.S. National Anthem


Mexican-American Boy Hit With Racist Comments for Singing U.S. National Anthem
Sebastien De La Cruz, a 11-year-old boy who sings 'Star-Spangled Banner' at a game of the NBA Finals, receives racist comments from social media users.


Donning mariachi outfit, Sebastien De La Cruz stood in front of the crowd at the San Antonio's AT&T on Tuesday, June 11, to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner". However, Sebastien's flawless performance sparked negative reactions. NBA fans who watched the game between San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat from their televisions posted racist hate tweets addressed to the 11-year-old singer.

"Why is a foreigner singing the national anthem. I realize that's San Antonio but that still ain't Mexico," a Twitter user said. Another hate tweet coming from a different user read, "How you singing the national anthem looking like an illegal immigrant?"

Coming to Sebastien's defense is San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. He tweeted on Thursday, June 13, "Sebastien de la Cruz, your rendition of the national anthem was spectacular! Don't let a few negative voices get you down."

Actress Eva Longoria also supported Sebastien, tweeting, "As a Mexican-American, I am so proud of Sebastien De La Cruz, a great symbol of what America is today!"

Sebastien was at the game to replace Darius Rucker, who canceled his scheduled performance at the last minute. Responding to the hate tweets, the former "America's Got Talent" contestant said, "With the racist remarks, it was just people -how they were raised. My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look."

Despite being born to Mexican-American parents, Sebastien insisted that he's a proud American. "My father was actually in the [U.S.] Navy for a really long time," the fifth-grader said. "People don't know; they just assume that I'm just Mexican. But I'm not from Mexico. I'm from San Antonio, born and raised, a true San Antonio Spurs fan."



© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS
Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

  random image 
TODAY'S HEADLINES
  1. 'America's Got Talent' Live Results 1: Meet the First 7 Semifinalists!
  2. Is She Pregnant? Gwen Stefani Sports Suspicious Bump During Outing With Son
  3. Miranda Lambert Is Tired of Being 'Painted as the Villain' in Blake Shelton Split
  4. Paula Patton Spotted With 'New Man' in L.A. Almost Three Years After Robin Thicke Divorce
  5. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Write Love Songs for Each Other
  6. This Is How Olivia Munn Feels About Aaron Rodgers Allegedly Dating Marie Margolius
  7. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Reunite for Pizza Party With Kids
  8. Fergie Goes Topless to Promote New Album 'Double Dutchess'
  9. It's Official! Daniel Craig Is Returning for 'Bond 25'
  10. Bella Thorne Suffers Insane Nip Slip in a Plunging Bodysuit at L.A. After Party