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Spotify Dubbed Justin Bieber A ‘Latin King’ And People Called Them Out On It

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It’s no secret that Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” remix featuring Justin Bieber singing in Spanish is super popular. The crossover hit has broken records and continues to dominate the charts. However, many people were not happy with Bieber when he appeared to mock the song during a live performance. Bieber also admitted that he didn’t know the lyrics after fans asked him to sing it at a recent concert (they weren’t too happy about that either).

Regardless of how you feel about the popularity of the song or that Bieber sings in Spanish now (sort of), “Despacito” is a cultural phenomenon, so it’s not going anywhere for a while.

Last week, streaming service Spotify featured this sponsored post on Instagram:

Obviously, the post, which called Bieber a “Latin King,” pissed some people off.

Social justice activist Jeronimo Saldaña was one of the people who were extremely upset over the post, so he did something about it.

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In his petition for Spotify to take the sponsored post down, Saldaña writes: “Make no mistake about it— Justin Bieber is most definitely not a Latino. In fact, Bieber’s recent antics mocking the lyrics to ‘Despacito’ by singing gibberish instead of the actual Spanish words show a flagrant disregard for Latinxs and our culture. That’s why Spotify needs to learn some cultural competence before launching these types of ignorant ads campaigns. We want Spotify to pull this ad.”

Saldaña tells mitú that he was also upset about the fact that Spotify recently featured a playlist specifically for the anniversary of the Pulse shooting but didn’t have any Latinx artist on the playlist.

“So the Justin Bieber ad was just the last straw,” Saldaña said. “Our cultura is not for sale and recording one song in Spanish does not make you a ‘Latin King’ and most definitely does not define you as a Latino.”

Saldaña adds that “singing one song in Spanish doesn’t make you the king of a genre” and that he’s not sure what the label “Latin King” even means.

When asked which Latinx artists should be featured on Spotify, Saldaña said he likes Chicano Batman, Carla Morrison, and Rita Indiana.

mitú reached out to Spotify regarding their sponsored post and the petition, and this was their response:

“We made a creative decision to feature Justin Bieber in our ad because we wanted to celebrate ‘Despacito’ as key cultural moment when music genres crossover. We realized that this could be seen as culturally insensitive so we have pulled those ads.”

READ: The Score You Get On This Quiz Will Determine How Many Times You’ve Heard ‘Despacito’ On The Radio

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[VIDEO] There Are Nuns Who Smoke Weed And Aubrey Plaza Hung Out With Them

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[VIDEO] There Are Nuns Who Smoke Weed And Aubrey Plaza Hung Out With Them

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These aren’t the same nuns you remember from your childhood.

Aubrey Plaza is out there promoting her new movie “The Little Hours” in which she plays a vulgar, foul-mouthed nun. One bit of promotion comes from WatchCut Video featuring Plaza spending some time with the Sisters of the Valley, a.k.a. Weed Nuns.

According to their website, The Sisters of the Valley are a group of women who have dedicated themselves to “bridging the gap between Mother Earth and her suffering people.”

The Sisters, who grow marijuana on their land in California, aren’t doing it to get people high. Instead, The Sisters prepare hemp, which is low on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive property of marijuana that gets you high.

They take the hemp and create ointments with cannabidiol or CBD that are used to manage ailments and pains.

Here’s what went down between Plaza and the nuns, who, by the way, are not connected to the Catholic church.

The nuns made sure they didn’t show up empty handed.

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“This is a gift we brought you,” Sister Kate told Plaza. “This is called Purple Cream. That’s not for our medicines. That’s for The Sisters’ private medicine cabinet.”

Plaza got a crash course on how to prune a marijuana plant to get to the buds.

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There was a brief moment when Plaza thought that she ruined hers but it was all good. Of course, the nuns smoked pot with Plaza while they worked because they are The Weed Nuns.

By the end of the video, after learning what they do, Plaza admitted that she wants to become a Weed Nun.

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The two sisters were clearly very excited that they were able to convince Plaza to join their crew.

READ: Aubrey Plaza’s Latest Movie Is Vulgar AF And Looks Hilarious In This NSFW Red Band Trailer

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