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America’s Got Talent 11-Year-Old Mariachi Singer Defies Racist Tweets to Sing National Anthem

Former America's Got Talent sensation Sebastien De La Cruz, the 11-year-old singer who was the target of racial insults after singing the national anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio, proved you don’t have to be an adult to have real class.

Not only did he take the insults in stride, but he filled in for Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker last night, and he sang the national anthem with total composure. Alas, he received the reaction he should have all along, as the former America’s Got Talent 2012ontestant was greeted with plenty of cheers.

Dressed in mariachi attire, the fifth-grader responded to the Twitter tirade by saying, “My father was actually in the navy for a pretty long time, and I actually salute him today for that.” He went on to say, "I just wanna thank him and to be able to sing the national anthem. People don't know, they just assume that I'm just Mexican. But I'm not from Mexico, I'm from San Antonio, born and raised. True San Antonio Spurs fan." How would you like to sip on that haterade?

San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich didn’t mince his words in regards to those who let the racial insults fly, saying that he would like to say he was shocked “but given the fact that there's still a significant element of bigotry and racism in our nation, I'm not surprised. It still plagues us, obviously. And what I was surprised by was how proud these idiots are of their ignorance, by printing their names next to their comments." Word!

What did you think of the reaction to Sebastien’s first performance?

Source: E! Online

06.14.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, America's Got Talent

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