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A week after being removed from YouTube, Colombian reggaeton JBalvin apologized for the video for his song “Perra”, which sparked a lot of controversy after being widely criticized as “sexist” and “racist.”
“That is not part of what I have always expressed. My thing has always been tolerance, love and integration“Balvin said in a message posted on his Instagram account in which he apologized for the video he recorded with the Dominican rapper Tokischa.
The song, which makes a comparison between the zeal of the female canine and the woman, was recreated by both artists with Afro-descendant women with muzzles and neck chains being pulled or inside what looked like cages.
“I’m in heat, I’m in heat, I open on all fours‘Put a fan on me, “says the lyrics of the song, in whose video – recorded in the Dominican Republic – men, women and children appear with the faces of dogs.
“I want to offer my apologies to all the people who were offended, especially women and the black community,” Balvin said on Instagram.
He explained that given the criticism that emerged last week, he decided to withdraw the YouTube video, but that in view of the fact that the questions remained, he wanted to make this public apology.
Public criticism and scolding from the mother
Published in September, the video for “Perra” received numerous criticisms, including that of the Vice President of Colombia, Martha Lucía Ramírez, who described it as “macho, sexist and misogynistic.”
In an open letter, the vice president and chancellor referred to the content of the song and stated that “it has direct and open sexist, racist, macho and misogynistic expressions that violate women’s rights. “
Ramírez publicly invited JBalvin and the music and record industry to sign a pact that includes commitments “to promote the rights of women in music and prevent violence against them.”
Other critical voices, such as the French Colombian writer Florence Thomas, went further, even asking for a criminal sanction against the reggaeton player.
Thomas criticized the meaning that the singer gave to the lyrics, because for her it is clear that he does not speak “of the female of the dog”, but of “bitches, whores, bitches”.
“It is not just a macho thing, it is much more than that; for me that guy deserves jailFor all the fibers of what we have fought for years, decades, women, and not only feminists, to have a minimum of dignity and respect. Jail for JBalvin! “, Said the writer to the publication Semana.
Among the critical voices, probably the one that had the most weight was that of Balvin’s own mother, who last week revealed to a Colombian radio station that she had scolded her son for that song.
“When I find out, I called him, logically: ‘where is the Josesito that I know?‘That song is not … I don’t even know what to say, “said Alba Mery Balvin on the television program” We caught the night, “on the Colombian channel Cosmovisión.
“I didn’t see my Josesito anywhere,” he added.
In the apology video released Sunday, Balvin addressed his mother directly:
“Mother, excuse me too. The idea is to keep getting better every day,” he said.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.