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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 asreference the reality show American Idol, the video seeks to common people singing the USA national anthom amplify the sociocultural distance between Puerto Rico and the United States hinting, in turn, at the different generations who long for statehood and who do not even know thelanguage of the country they want to assimilate into.

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