July 19, 2013 06:22 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
Marc Anthony would like to remind audiences that he is, in fact, an American. It seems the X Factor mentor’s nationality was cast into doubt by many of those who tuned in for this year’s MLB All-Star Game. But as Marc and his fans point out, one’s outward appearance does not automatically indicate immigrant status.
Part of the appeal of watching the annual MLB All-Star Game is witnessing the vocals of today’s biggest stars. This year, Marc Anthony made an appearance at the game, singing God Bless America during the seventh inning. Many did not approve of this singer’s presence in the lineup, going so far as to accuse him of not being American. Several of these comments (which are shockingly offensive, at best) were then gathered and put on display at the Tumblr site Public Shaming.
Displeased with the unwarranted criticism, Marc Anthony made a point of highlighting his patriotism in a followup appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael. There, the singer explained, “You know, me singing the national anthem, there were some statements made that people were upset that they would have somebody from another country sing the national anthem. To set the record straight I was born and raised in New York. And I’m more Puerto Rican than ever, and more New York than ever.”
We hope that, in the future, artists of all backgrounds are able to perform at such events as the MLB All-Star Game without being party to such nasty criticism.
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