In the music industry, the term crossover refers to the act in which an artist decides to sing in another language other than their first one. It also refers to success abroad, usually in the English speaking market and particularly in the United States. Also, etymologically, the term can also refer to the burden that an imposed language can have on a country and its people, carrying a linguistic cross over one’s back as a symbol of social and cultural stigma. In Puerto Rico, this practice is quite common and results in a cultural assimilation that is politically driven. Using as a reference the reality show American Idol, the video depicts average Puerto Rican citizens singing the USA national anthem, which amplifies the sociocultural distance between Puerto Rico and the United States. This, in turn, presents an uncomfortable tension when many of those who long for statehood often don’t know the language of the country they wish to assimilate.

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