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Marc Anthony Responds to Backlash That He Wasn’t American Enough to Sing “God Bless America” at MLB All-Star Game

Published on July 19, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

rs_293x473-130718153256-634.anthony.s71813Not very sporting of people to complain about Marc Anthony performing at the MBL All-Star Game this week, is it?

“You can’t get more New York than me,” the Big Apple-born pop star said today on Live! With Kelly and Michael in response to some nasty tweets and other complaints about the artist being chosen to sing “God Bless America” during Tuesday’s game.

Because apparently complaining about performers with Latin roots singing during so-called all-American sporting events is a thing now.

“Shouldnt an AMERICAN be singing God Bless America?” complained one person, while another wrote, “Why is a Mexican, Marc Anthony, singing god bless america? Doesn’t he know this is AMERICA’s song? #ASG.”

For the record, Anthony was born and raised in NYC’s East Harlem by Puerto Rican-born parents.

“Something happened, I wanted to clarify,” the salsa singer, whose album 3.0 drops next week, told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. “You know, me singing the national anthem, there was 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, I was born and raised in New York. You can’t get more New York than me.”

Incidentally, the national anthem (aka “The Star-Spangled Banner”) was sung this year by American Idol winner Candice Glover. Anthony corrected himself a moment later.

“Is that true?” asked a wide-eyed Ripa, who joked that she and “live in a hole” but surely “three months from now we’ll hear about it.”

“Absolutely, it’s a trending topic,” Anthony assured her.

“I just want to set the record straight,” he added. “And I’m more Puerto Rican than ever and I’m more New York than ever.”Follow @Infocelebrity on Twitter!

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