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11-Year-Old Latino Boy’s National Anthem Encore Wows Spurs Crowd, Silences Bigots


When he made his national debut last year on America’s Got Talent, then-10-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz said that he was “born to sing love songs.” His latest happens to be the Star-Spangled Banner, a love song to America that many will not soon forget.

De La Cruz, who is Latino, suffered a torrent of racist Twitter abuse on Tuesday when he sang the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio. Here’s a rundown, and it was pretty ugly. But the kid didn’t let it rattle him, and put the bigots in their place with the following tweet, showing that an 11-year-old was wiser than all of them combined:

Sebastien also got a lot of support, among his allies Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich, actress Eva Longoria and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (one of those used to be married to Tony Parker). The Spurs, in fact, liked him so much that they invited him back to sing the Anthem at Game 4 tonight, and he killed.

Earlier today, Sebastien got some encouragement from another special fan:

Moral of story: haters gonna hate, singers gonna sing. Sebastien wins at life.

Here he is singing the Anthem on Tuesday:

Sebastien on TV Wednesday:


  • Merlinda Guerra

    Love It!!!! Way to go Sebastian. Now that’s how to sing the National Anthem.

  • jeff

    It wasn’t the boy’s talent, why is it anyone who stands up for the American culture are deemed bigots? I’m offended this young man purposely offended Americans by wearing Mexican garb, just to make a point. It’s the NBA, this should have been expected.

  • Anonymous

    are you kidding me? We are a melting pot! That is our culture. What is American “garb” exactly? What do you think his “point” was? He is a mariachi singer and he wore Spurs colors. He is American. He was born here and grew up here. If you can’t see past that and think what an incredible singer he is at such a young age than you can not truly appreciate the talents of a human being. I feel sorry for you if that was what you thought. What a small small mind. No wonder this country is loosing its mind…people like you

  • Anonymous

    are you kidding me? We are a melting pot! That is our culture. What is American “garb” exactly? What do you think his “point” was? He is a mariachi singer and he wore Spurs colors. He is American. He was born here and grew up here. If you can’t see past that and think what an incredible singer he is at such a young age than you can not truly appreciate the talents of a human being. I feel sorry for you if that was what you thought. What a small small mind. No wonder this country is loosing its mind…people like you

  • Anonymous

    No offense, bud, but we also seem to be “loosing” our capability to use and spell simple words. That doesn’t bode well for the future.

  • Brian

    One guy was racist, one guy misspelled a word. Nice to see which one you chose to get angry about.

  • Anonymous

    jeff would obviously be more pleased if they had a guy in denim overalls sing it with a piece of straw hanging out of his mouth.

  • Anonymous

    Lol SPOT ON!

  • Bob Sullivan

    This kid brought it. The National Anthem is probable the most difficult song to sing and this kid nailed it (Great Job).

  • MDH

    So it would have been better if he wore a NASCAR shirt and a como hat?

    You must be stuck on stupid.

  • jeff

    That’s real tolerance isn’t it? Take your multiculturalism crap and shove it up your fking a@@.

  • jeff

    What’s the problem with NASCAR?

  • MDH

    Nothing is wrong with NASCAR ( though I perfer Formula 1…lets go Lewis Hamilton) . The comment refers to your comment concering “Mexican Garb” and I used extreme sterotypical southern/country NASCAR reference because clearly based on your thoughts he wasnt dressed “American enough”

    This is America. It doesnt matter if the guy wore an agbada or mariachi clothing….he is still an American. We are melting pot and hodgepodge of culture, ideas, and lanaguages. This is what makes us America. Bring whatever cutlure you have and come here.

  • 949OC

    When someone sings our National Anthem with that much heart and passion, I don’t understand how anyone can be offended. In my opinion, this kid is the Ricky Ricardo of today. Proud American who is able to provide entertainment in two languages. Mariachi music irritates me about as much as rap. But just because I don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Face it, the kid has talent. He’s going places.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, you mad bro?

  • jeff

    Here it is asshole, and I will never be a bro!

  • Anonymous

    Tell us about yourself jeff. Let it all out.

    What’s the real reason you’re offended by this kid? No denim filters.

  • TaminTX

    I am as white and as conservative as they come and can’t for the life of me understand why some are “offended” by this young man wearing his Mariachi costume would be offended. The “American Heritage” is a blend of many heritages… we should embrace them. I love listening to the Mariachi bands and singers. This young man and his version of the Star Spangled Banner is probably my favorite version to date… especially his gestures… his purity of voice and his AMERICAN spirit!

  • Eric Goldschein

    This is amazing.

  • TaminTX

    MDH – NASCAR shirt should be just as acceptable as this young man and what he wore (not sure what you mean by como hat – so if you want to say or think I’m stupid that’s fine with me)… the point is that BOTH are part of the American culture just as Rap, Country Dancing, etc., etc. they ALL should be embraced and welcome in America. I think we are on the same side of the issue… although I think you aren’t furthering the conversation in a positive direction by putting down another American culture in the process of uplifting this young man. Just something to think about. :)

  • TaminTX

    I agree with you other than the fact that you “assumed” that NASCAR garb equates with racist… that’s a bigoted view in and of itself (and I don’t think you want or intend to be bigoted). I proudly wear my Jimmie Johnson shirt on race day and my hispanic and black friends can attest to the fact that I am not racist. Not trying to start an argument… just hoping to open your eyes to what you said.

  • TaminTX

    He is a gem! Loved it!

  • Anonymous

    Very, very good….And Jeff, you might want to look at the history of Texas….namely when it was part of Mexico:)
    Which American culture are you talking about? I didn’t see a whole lot of Native American dress last night? Or are you talking about “European” culture?

  • Anonymous

    Most people’s ANCESTORS came over here, fighting for the American dream….just like this kid’s ancestors.
    None of us are better or worse because of our ancestor’s nationality. I am irish, Scottish, English, Native American, German and Dutch…and I thank heavens every day for their bravery and hardships to make a place for me in the U.S.
    He is an amazing singer and obviously more intelligent and mature than a lot of people posting on the web.

  • MDH

    Let me clarify I wasn’t trying to do a bigoted view I rather just threw a stereotype that would be considered “American” to the person who didn’t like the mariachi clothing. It probably didn’t add to the discussion rather it caused it to explode further. I was merely frustrated with his comment and his idea that “Mexican garb” = not American.

  • MDH

    The comment should have read camo as in camouflage. I am dyslexic so sometimes I transpose letters in my words…especially during frustration or when I am full of emotion (as I was after reading his comment). I agree wholeheartedly with your comment. You said the point more eloquently than my approach to the situation. Thanks Taimin tX

  • Mark

    Jeff “The Racist Bigot”,

    REALLY?!, Do you know where Sebastien is singing? He is in San Antonio! Home of over 50,000 Mexican Americans. With 26 million visitors each year and I bet you are one! I bet you are running around at the Market Square enjoying Fiesta! I bet you are the first to sit down at a mexican resaurant and the first to want a margarita. You say it offends you because he wore a mariachi costume? Well I stand behind him 100%! How much do you support Rosanne Bar? You forget what the colors of our flag represent. Or do you even know?
    I fought two wars and have seen good friends die for this country. And each and everyone of them being of different nationalities! This great country’s foundation was built from the blood, sweat and tears of immagrants!
    We didn’t cross the border the border crossed us!
    Pray to God that if you ever go to war, that you will have a couple of Mexicans protecting your sorry RACIST ASS!!
    So you sit back and enjoy your Taco Bell and Sam Adams Beer while I lay back and scarf down my nice hot plate of carnitas, rice and beans and top it off with a chilling Margarita or shall I have a Corona today? Hmmmmmm.
    See you on Cinco De Mayo!!!

  • Ross

    Agreed, I am not a racist and love that we have so many cultures. But we should represent our own country and stand proud. If someone wore a U.S t-shirt and sang the mexican anthem in a Mexican soccer game I’m sure they would have received the same grief.

    I agree with Jeff except for the “Mexican garb.” Let’s be nice :)

  • jeff

    Don’t fking tell me what I think or shouldn’t think. I too have served my country. I’ve seen what war has done to a few young men and women in this country. To see someone like this offend, the national anthem by wearing a Mexican costume is making a political statement. At least he didn’t sing in Spanish. I don’t believe I’ve ever mentioned anything about what color of skin the boy has or doesn’t have, who is the real racist here? Typical liberal pap, by the way thank you for your service to our country. Viva America!

  • lesnoces

    There’s no “but” in that sentence. If you are not a racist, and you love that we have so many cultures, you don’t consider his costume un-American. And as far as what would or wouldn’t happen at a Mexican soccer game, it doesn’t matter. Saying “we’re no worse than any other country” is not exactly an argument in your favor.

  • Richie Rich

    What a voice…
    Who are the losers who hated him?
    Get’em out of America… This is no country for losers…

  • Pat Kittle

    So we’re supposed to determine our immigration policy by how well this kid sings?

    That’s what those who control our media want, obviously.

    Let’s just over-populate our country till it’s so miserable no one else will want to sneak here, and slander & censor anyone who objects — yeah, that’s real smart.

  • Pat Kittle

    Wow, you managed to cite just about every open-borders cliche in the book.

    Of course that’s easy enough to do when “our” media are constantly shoving them down our throats and refusing to give equal time to the majority of Americans who (amazingly enough) don’t “hate” Mexicans, we simply recognize limits.

    Back in the real world massively unending immigration isn’t exactly all rose-colored glasses — maybe when you sleep off your tequila you’ll take a sober look at the over-crowded mess we’re headed for.

  • Pat Kittle

    The kid’s a great singer and his outfit looks good; that’s not the point.

    Every country sets its own immigration policy (including Mexico) but somehow we’re not supposed to?

    Meanwhile with open borders we’re headed for a billion Americans (or Aztlanistas or whatever people here will call themselves by then) by the end of the century. Does that mean anything to you?

  • Pat Kittle

    Anti-white racism suits you just fine, doesn’t it?

  • Pat Kittle

    Wow, you actually typed it! How BRAVE of you!

    So tell us, fearless one, is “saras_tears” your real name?

  • Pat Kittle

    And Mexicans are great scholars, as we all know.

  • Brian

    What does this kid have to do with immigration, overpopulation, or any of that? He’s an American. He was born in America. He’s not any kind of an immigrant.

  • Pat Kittle

    He’s obviously being hyped as the latest media “poster child” for open borders as the monstrous amnesty for 11-20 million illegals is currently being debated in Congress.

    Come on, you think this is a coincidence?

    Just look at the comments here.

  • Anonymous

    Nope.

    Next.

  • Anonymous

    Hhahahahahha.

    Nice try! Back to the fryers for you!

  • Brian

    No, he’s being hyped as a cute little kid who’s a very impressive singer. That fact that some racists like you can’t deal with seeing a Latino without assuming they’re an illegal or drooling about immigration has nothing to do with it.

  • Pat Kittle

    A cute little kid who’s a very impressive singer could be singing a lot of other songs than the US national anthem while dressed in a Mexican costume with massive coverage from a media that’s blatantly pro-open borders & pro-huge amnesty at the very time when that amnesty is being decided in the US Congress.

    You can pretend that’s all just a big coincidence if you choose to, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to.

  • Pat Kittle

    “Fryers”?

    Whatever you mean by that it must be hilarious, but I don’t get it.

    Explain, please.

  • Anonymous

    furst yuh have 2 reeleyes down’n our neck of the woods we don’t take kindly to you people round here

  • Brian

    ” could be singing a lot of other songs than the US national anthem”

    Not before a sporting event.

    “while dressed in a Mexican costume”

    He’s a mariachi singer. That’s what they wear when they perform.

  • Pat Kittle

    No doubt hilarious, whatever you’re trying to say.

  • Pat Kittle

    Yeah, when they perform mariachi.

    Rational thinking?? You don’t need no rational theenkin’!!

    :-)

  • Brian

    Apparently not just then. If a famous opera singer showed up in white tie and tails, you’d be offended by that, too, right? After all, that’s English formal wear, not American.

  • Pat Kittle

    You go right ahead and believe (or claim to believe) yet another media-hyped Hispanic “poster child” arrived on the scene just as yet another monster amnesty is being pushed through Congress — complete in a Mexican costume just in case anyone still didn’t get the point.

  • Brian

    To refresh your memory, the title of this article is:

    “11-Year-Old Latino Boy’s National Anthem Encore Wows Spurs Crowd, Silences Bigots”

    It says nothing about amnesty or immigration at all. The fact that you are incapable of seeing a Latino without developing immigration insanity is not relevant. And they were referring to people as bigots because they were angry that this American kid was singing the national anthem, and the reason they were angry was his race.

  • Pat Kittle

    You lie.

    Blacks have been cheered for singing the national anthem at sporting events for a long long time.

    And the fans cheer for their teams, which include highly paid blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. So much for the “bigot” BS.

    If the article merely wanted to report a kid with a great voice (& not push for another humungous amnesty) it would simply read:

    “11-Year-Old Boy’s National Anthem Encore Wows Spurs Crowd”

    You may be dumb, but you aren’t THAT dumb.


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