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Published On: Mon, Jul 8th, 2013

Sebastien De La Cruz, San Antonio boy, called ‘beaner, ‘illegal’ and other insults

An 11-year-old boy’s rendition of the national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals brought a rousing applause Tuesday, but social media was packed full of racist remarks, insults and comments.

Here’s some of the these tweets that went flying around the Internet about Sebastien de la Cruz:

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— “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.

“For those that said something bad about me, I understand it’s your opinion,” said Sebastien to CNN. “I’m a proud American and live in a free country. It’s not hurting me. It’s just your opinion.”

Sebastien has been singing since he was 5 but gained fame in 2012 after being on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” for singing his mariachi ballads with hopes of winning to help his younger brother get surgery for his hearing problem.

A collection of the negative tweets was posted on Public Shaming, a Tumblr blog dedicated to outing and shaming racists’ social media posts. Other media outlets used that post as the foundation for the story, and the story took off from there.

Photo: Screenshot coverage – http://www.thegailygrind.com/2013/06/16/11-year-old-nba-national-anthem-singer-bullied-by-racist-ignorant-online-attackers-delivers-encore-performance-and-has-the-last-word/

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