SAN ANTONIO - The 11-year-old Mexican-American boy who belted out a soaring rendition of the national anthem during Game 3 of the NBA Finals is at the center of a social media firestorm.
Sebastien De La Cruz was criticized on Twitter because he is a "Mexican" singing the "American" national anthem. Others had plenty to say about the traditional mariachi attire he wore during the performance. Sebastien is a mariachi singer who first came to the national stage on "America's Got Talent."
Check out a some of the negative tweets compiled on the blog PublicShaming.tumblr.com.
Here's a sampling:
"Why do we have this illegal immigrant singing the National Anthem?"
"You really had a Mexican sing the national anthem? Go to hell San Antonio."
"Why was the kid singing the national anthem wearing a mariachi outfit? We ain't Mexican."
"It's a little ironic how a little Mexican boy is singing the national anthem of AMERICA."
But the San Antonio native isn't letting the negativity get to him. Sebastien said that he's a proud American and will not let the criticism stop his singing career.
"I think the people were talking bad because of what I was wearing and it's not my fault," he told ABC News. "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 . I love it."
In another interview, he talked more about his family and growing up in San Antonio.
"My father was actually in the Navy for a really long time," he said. "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, a true San Antonio Spurs fan."
Watch Sebastien's performance here: