Marc Anthony Defends "God Bless America" Performance, Addresses Racist Tweets

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Marc Anthony is addressing his recent "God Bless America" performance at the MLB All-Star Game - and criticism that he's not American enough to perform it.

A month after Texas’ Sebastien de la Cruz earned racist tweets after performing the National Anthem at the NBA Finals, Anthony faced similar Twitter backlash.

We won't even print them here, because it's beyond absurd, but Anthony (of Puerto Rican descent and born in the U.S.) addressed the hatred yesterday:

“You know, something happened that I really wanted to mention, and I wanted to clarify," he said on Live with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.

"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.” 

“But to set the record straight," he said of his performance at Queens' Citi Field, "I was born and raised in New York, you can't get more New York than me.”

The 44-year-old ex of Jennifer Lopez added that he was proudly “more Puerto Rican than ever” before receiving cheers and applause from the audience.

In short ... people on Twitter are morons.

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hes not arab you dum l hes from new york but sings mostly in spanish because hes from puerto rico by the way puerto rico is part of the usa.if by looks you judge hes not american because he doesnt have blonde hair and blue eyes get yourself a read on history and update that the usa is madeup of different people and cultures and mixed races.geez we got some really racist people.

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A JEW -ARAB-SPIC ( YES, SPICS ARE SEMETIC ) PUTTING ITS FILTHY MOUTH ON A WHITE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL SONG IS CRIMINAL !!!!! THESE INVADERS MUST BE STOPPED !!!

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@ JOY

Your a idiot, the song was written by Irving Berlin who was a Jewish immigrant. Marc Anthony is a Puerto Rican who was born New York.

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@ JOY

Joy ... you are the perfect image of 'stupid'. A total embarasment. POLIETLY I SAY TO YOU ...shut up...go away.

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@ JOY

JOY
You are the worst of the worst absolutely discussted and i am embarrased to be an american because of you. Take this so called "white peoples national anthem" and shove it way up you racist bigot ass. PIG