An 11-year-old boy’s rendition of the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals brought the usual appreciative applause Tuesday, but outside AT&T Center in San Antonio, his performance brought a darker reaction from some posters on social media — and eventually an online backlash against their racist comments.
Here’s a sampling of some of the unkind tweets that went flying around the Internet about Sebastien De La Cruz:
– “Why they got a Mexican kid singing the national anthem -___-”from Daniel Gilmore.
– “How you singing the national anthem looking like an illegal immigrant” from Andre Lacey, proud father and firefighter from Augusta, Georgia.
– “Why is a foreigner singing the national anthem. I realize that’s San Antonio but that still ain’t Mexico” from Lewie Groh.
– “Who let this illegal alien sing our national anthem?” from Matt Cyrus.
And the list went on and on.
And here’s the video of him singing it — live. No lip-synching for him. Here’s hoping President Ted Cruz has him at the White House for the inauguration.