J Balvin finds himself in the eye of the storm. After being harshly criticized by Residente for his comment on the Grammys, he is now back in the news for his new song along with Dominican Tokischa Popola, one of this year’s breakout artists.
His new single entitled “Perra” was released in September and has generated various comments, including from figures of power in Colombia. Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez and Presidential Counselor for Women’s Equity, Gheidy Santos they considered violent the expressions of the last single of the Antioquia singer.
As a protest, they wrote a letter to express rejection of recent situations that they consider as attacks against women, including the latest musical single. In addition, they alerted about a man who was walking with a woman tied up in the center of Medellín, which would have a relationship with the singer’s video clip, where images of women who personify animals with necklaces of which J Balvin has power appear.
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“As if this were not enough, the lyrics of the song have direct open sexist, racist, macho and misogynistic expressions that violate the rights of women comparing them with an animal that must be dominated and mistreated, with expressions that are not worth repeating ”, they commented in their writing.
The vice president and the counselor highlighted that “the artist uses images of women and Afro-descendants – population groups with special constitutional protection – whom he presents with dog ears. In addition, while walking, the singer carries two Afro-descendant women tied with neck chains and crawling on the floor like slaves ”.
Authorities invite the music industry to commit to protecting women’s rights
The vice president of Colombia Marta Lucía Ramírez and the presidential advisor for Women’s Equity, Gheidy Santos, invited the reggaeton singer and the music industry to sign a pact that includes various commitments to promote the rights of women in music and the prevention of violence against them, which will be carried out in the company of the Externado University.
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Until now, the urban singer has not commented on the formal letter, nor on the request of the chancellor.