Lewis’s solo acoustic show was in Pharr, TX, which is right on the border of Mexico and has a population of many Spanish speakers. When Lewis couldn’t get the crowd to quiet down, some fans suggested he ask in Spanish.
However, Lewis responded with a snide remark many people consider racist before he stormed off the stage.
“I’m sorry, I don’t know how to speak Spanish. I’m American,” he said before ending the set.
The remark implies that Americans do not speak Spanish or that people who speak the language are automatically not American.
It’s understandable why he’d want the crowd to be a bit quieter due to the nature of an acoustic set, but he definitely threw a fit before ending the show. The incident caused an onset of hate of Twitter about the event.
Fuck you #AaronLewis #Staind I can’t believe you have the audacity to say “I don’t speak Spanish I’m American” I’m American also but I speak another language than a what your speaking a wasted has been. Fuck You!
— Carrie Carmona (@CarmonaCarrie) February 3, 2019
aaron lewis just told a concert full of valley people that he doesn’t speak spanish because he’s american. total tool, yet another disappointing white man
— your mom (@tessasterone) February 3, 2019
Aaron Lewis comes down to south texas “the valley” and because of a few bad fans but has the nerve to say to “I don’t speak spanish I’m AMERICAN” wow were not MEXICO just so you know WE ARE AMERICAN TOO ASSHOLE! Lost a fan smh @Aaronlewismusic
— JerriBomb (@JerriBomb) February 3, 2019
— ❤️unpopular opinions🔥💯 (@Unpopul08585628) February 3, 2019
Aaron Lewis really said “I don’t speak Spanish, I’m American” IN A CITY THATS PRIMARILY MEXICAN AMERICAN!?! Then proceeded to leave the stage shortly after?????!!!?
— sɐpnɾ ɟo ɹǝɥʇoɯ (@gothrissa) February 3, 2019
You can check out a video of the entire incident below.