Last Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent” Mexican-American Sebastien De La Cruz performed the national anthem during the NBA finals in San Antonio.
Donning his mariachi outfit, the Texas native received huge applause in the stadium. Unfortunately, post-game he received a slew of racist tweets. “There should be an AMERICAN singing the national anthem not this illegal,” one person tweeted. “No disrespect but a Mexican kid signing [sic] the national anthem makes it unamerican. #nothappy #americansforamerica,” another person added.
Despite all of the negativity and racism, de la Cruz decided to show them up with his American spirit. “I think the people were talking bad because of what I was wearing, and it’s not my fault,” he told ABC. “It’s what I love, and I’m just proud to be a mariachi singer. It’s their opinion, actually, and if they don’t like mariachi, that’s their problem. But I love it.”
“I’m a proud American and I live in a free country,” he also told CNN. “It’s not hurting me. It’s just your opinion.”