Sebastien De La Cruz, 11, performed the National Anthem at Game 3 of the NBA Finals in San Antonio on Tuesday night, filling in for country crooner Darius Rucker, who had to cancel at the last minute.
By all accounts, Sebastien, a former "America's Got Talent" performer, brought the house down with his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Some viewers, however, fired off racist comments on social networks like Twitter following the performance.
The young singer spoke with KENS-5 about the backlash.
"With the racist remarks, it was just people how they were raised. My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look," Sebastien said.
The singer specializes in mariachi-style singing and performed the National Anthem in a black-and-silver suit, inspired by his hometown Spurs.
"When I started mariachi, I knew there was gonna be a lot of politics," Sebastien told KENS-5. "And I'm just a proud American, to be honest."
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro tweeted his support for Sebastien.
Sebastien de la Cruz, your rendition of the national anthem was spectacular! Don't let a few negative voices get you down. @selcharrodeoro
— Mayor Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 13, 2013
Sebastien posted his own tweet, letting his supports know that he wasn't paying attention to the haters.
Please do not pay attention to the negative people. I am an American living the American Dream. This is part of the American life.
— Sebastien De La Cruz (@selcharrodeoro) June 12, 2013