“To whoever the f— doesn’t like the United States of America, may God bless you, but f— you at the same time,” the rap star, who is first generation Cuban-American, said on a concert stage in a video making the rounds on social media.
“If you don’t like the United States of America, go back to the countries that we the f— from, and you’ll see how much you appreciate the United States of America,” Pitbull, born Armando Christian Pérez, continued.
It is unclear when the concert was held, but was posted to Twitter last week and follows similar instances of the rapper declaring his love and appreciation for the U.S.
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JUNE 30: Pitbull performs in concert in the Etess Arena for the grand opening at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City on June 30, 2018 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
His mother came to the country from Cuba through Operation Peter Pan, which ran from 1960-1962, while his father made it to the U.S. through a visa lottery. Pitbull has credited his family’s immigration to the U.S. from communist Cuba for his work ethic and success.
Patriotism has come under fire in the U.S. in recent months. The perception of the American flag as a divisive symbol has spread into mainstream culture, while various videos on college campuses show students struggling to say whether they are “proud” to be American and even saying the U.S. Constitution should be abolished.