The return of 15-year-old Sebastien de la Cruz -- aka El Charro de Oro -- to national television on Wednesday brought with it another round of criticism from Twitter users apparently stunned to discover the existence of Mexican-Americans.
De la Cruz sang the national anthem prior to the debate between Democratic Party presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Some of the worst reactions can be seen below:
.CNN this is the dumbest thing I've quite possibly ever saw. For a minute I forgot I was in #America until they sang the national anthem.— Millennial 2016 (@Millennial 2016) 1457577048.0
Wouldn't it be fitting for the democratic debate if the national anthem of mexico had been sung instead of the national anthem of the US?— Barbad (@Barbad) 1457576211.0
Wrong Univision to let a boy sing our national anthem with a charro outfit. I'm democratic and Hispano but that wasn't right— RICARDO (@RICARDO) 1457576038.0
The Dem Debate hosted by Mexico, the National Anthem sung by little @marcorubio Hillary promises she won't lie Bernie offers free churros— Loki Anthony 🇺🇸 (@Loki Anthony 🇺🇸) 1457575989.0
Gawd - the guy who sung the national anthem looked like the Frito Bandito!!— Bill Maier (@Bill Maier) 1457575987.0
As CNN reported at the time, de la Cruz was hit with similar invective in 2013, when he sang the anthem -- in full Charro regalia -- before the third game of the NBA Finals, with some describing the San Antonio native as an "illegal alien."
"For those that said something bad about me, I understand it's your opinion," he said at the time. "I'm a proud American and live in a free country. It's not hurting me. It's just your opinion."