On October 14, Bad Bunny was termed Top Latin Artist of this year in the 2020 Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, and that he took the chance to call out machismo, misogyny, and sexual harassment in his winning address.
“What a time to be Latino. We got the power. I’m so proud,” Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, stated in English while receiving his prize, thanking Billboard along with his lovers across the world for its win.
“I want to dedicate this prize to women around the world, especially Latinx and Puerto Rican women. Without you, nothing would exist. Nothing. Not music, not reggaeton. Nothing,” that the Puerto Rican artist subsequently added in Spanish, previous a definite shift in his wording. “Stop sexist violence, stop violence against women. Let’s educate right now, in the present, to have a better future.”
After getting the award, Bad Bunny made his Billboard stage debut with a live rendition of “Yo Perreo Sola” (that may be loosely translated to English as “I Dance Alone” or “I Twerk Alone”) in tandem with veteran Puerto Rican singer Ivy Queen and initially featured collaborator Nesi (although he didn’t initially credit her as such, something he has faced backlash for). “I am not even a ‘social’ artist. This tune isn’t [intended to have] a social message. But let us learn we could ‘perrear’ and be considerate and respectful at precisely the exact same moment. If she does not wish to dance with you, admire that. Ella perrea sola,” he continued in his address. “Thank you to the queen, Ivy Queen. Thank you, Nesi. Puerto Rico, the world: I f*cking love you.”
When it fell within his sophomore record YHLQMDLG back February, “Yo Perreo Sola” was famous for its own message and protection of women’s rights. The music video for the song, that originated on YouTube on March 27, 2020, and has been led by Stillz and Benito himself, showcased the artist at haul in a bid to increase the song’s message. ) “I wrote it from the perspective of a woman,” Bad Bunny advised Rolling Stone then. “I wanted a woman’s voice to sing it — ‘yo perreo sola’ — because it doesn’t mean the same thing when a man sings it. But I do feel like that woman sometimes.”
Apart from an immediate PSA in the conclusion that mirrors Bad Bunny’s BBMAs approval speech –“If she does not wish to dance along with you, honor her. Ella perrea sola” — that the video featured the words “Ni una menos” multiple times during its length.
The phrase, coined by an Argentinian feminist collective at 2015 echoing the words of Mexican poet and activist Susana Chávez, is utilized to denounce gender-based violence and femicides. Though it originated in Argentina, it has been adopted by several Spanish-speaking countries to emphasize these events which, sadly, are still much too prevalent — such as in Bad Bunny’s native Puerto Rico. On October 6, 22-year old Nashaly Cristina Torres Vargas was killed at the central area of Villalba after being shot at 50 days inside her vehicle. Per Remezcla, she is one of 32 girls to be murdered on the island in 2020 alone.
After Rosimar Rodríguez’s death was confirmed on September 29, the folks of Puerto Rico — such as musicians the likes of Ricky Martin, Wisin, also Bad Bunny himself — have compulsory a state of emergency be declared.
This is not initially Bad Bunny has used his stage and TV look to denounce violence against women. Back at February, he paid tribute to Alexa Negrón, a transgender woman killed in Puerto Rico, when he seemed The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
That’s not to mention he has not made mistakes. There’s a well-explored, long history of misogyny often associated with reggaeton, also Bad Bunny’s early catalogue certainly feeds within that story occasionally (something a few folks still call him out for this day). But admitting where we have erred and being prepared to reverse the script would be the secret to advancing, both as a individual and as a artist. Bad Bunny’s address indicates he is doing that.
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