Bad Bunny is killing it right now. The Puerto Rican Latin Trap artist has had a slew of singles on the Billboard charts since his breakthrough in 2017. He’s also currently riding high on two hit singles: “Caro” and “Callaíta.” Still, despite all of his achievements, the rapper recently revealed that it feels most people tend to focus on his nonbinary fashion choices rather than his music.
And he’s refusing to let it bother him one bit.
Paper magazine featured Bad Bunny on their digital cover and the artist spoke out against his haters that simply cannot accept his style.
“I’m not telling people, ‘Hey, paint your nails or color your hair, do this or do that,'” the 25-year-old said in his interview with Paper. “I’m simply saying… do what makes you happy, and to never limit yourself… Just be yourself, and be happy in that. And also not to criticize or judge, because maybe for you something’s bad or not bad — if you like or dislike something, that doesn’t mean everyone has to share your opinion. It’s about that: respect. It’s so basic.”
While Bad Bunny has been upfront about being straight, he said that he embraces how the queer community inspires him.
“It’s a message of respect, of freedom,” he told Paper in the interview. “I think they feel comfortable, and they feel, I don’t know, like part of what I’m doing. They don’t feel excluded from the group, but instead, like, ‘We’re wanted here; we can be ourselves here.'”
He also added that he knows the drag community in Puerto Rico have copied his music and fashion onstage.
“I’ve seen videos,” he told the publication. “I know about it. It’s cool.”
Bad Bunny also talked about his style of music and says the urban genre is just evolving.
“It’s not so much about changing the genre, but instead the way of thinking, not only in the fans but in the artists,” he said. “I’m letting people know there’s another way that maybe didn’t exist, or it wasn’t developed. It’s not about changing what’s already established, either, but instead about opening doors for other messages — another wave, you know?”
Here’s a piece of news that made us do a double-take – Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny is set to perform at the 2019 Pornhub Awards, in Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre, on October 11. For starters: who on Bad Bunny’s team thought, “this is gonna be a career-making event, better make sure Bad Bunny’s on the lineup?” And secondly: Pornhub holds an annual award ceremony?! Okay, we’ll admit there’s definitely more than meets the eye on this one, so we’ll tease it out for you.
First things first, let’s talk about the Pornhub Awards.
It makes sense that Bad Bunny would want to join in on what the Pornhub Awards might have to offer. Last year, which was the first time the Awards were held, Kanye West headlined. In fact, he used the ceremony to debut his and Lil Pump’s banger, “I Love It.” It’s worth acknowledging that Kanye was one of two Creative Directors for the first-ever Pornhub Awards, so he clearly had a hand in ensuring that his tunes were up front and center for the ceremony.
Apparently some pretty big names in the music industry are involved in these porn awards.
And who was the second Creative Director working alongside Kanye, you ask? Willo Perron – who has also produced and collaborated with the likes of Jay-Z, Drake, Rihanna, Florence and the Machine, and Bruno Mars. Willo has been brought back to put together this year’s Pornhub Awards ceremony. So when you think about it all in that context, Bad Bunny jumping in on performing for the Pornhub Awards isn’t really that left-of-field.
But we should also really talk about the Pornhub Awards’ cultural impact.
Yes, babes, we’re going there. Because there’s no way you can say that Pornhub doesn’t have a cultural impact, if it’s got the money, the audience and the artists to host an annual awards ceremony. Securing an artist like Bad Bunny to perform means that the awards ceremony isn’t just centered around the porn industry – it’s branching out to appeal to a wider audience that also enjoys Bad Bunny’s music. And, once the event secures more musical acts, it again expands the potential audience for the awards.
From one perspective, this event could potentially have quite a positive impact. The reality is that sex is still treated as a taboo subject by wider society. And you know what that means? As a result of our unwillingness to talk about bonking, we actually end up having worse sex. Communication is key, babes. And what better way to demystify and destigmatize sex than by pouring money into an awards ceremony that celebrates it?
Just like all good things, though, there is a downside to the Pornhub Awards.
Part of what makes porn so divisive is the fact that it can be prescriptive – if people see other people having sex a certain way, then that’s gotta be the way to bang, right? While this isn’t so much of a problem when we’re talking about plain ol’ vanilla sex, this can be a bigger issue when some porn tends towards the more extreme. Sure, people can have their kinks, but there’s a danger that consuming porn that depicts more dangerous, or even traumatizing, acts can result in people expecting their partners to deliver the same kinds of things in the bedroom. This can create more problems in our sex lives than we bargained for, just because we snuck a cheeky look at Pornhub.
For many, Bad Bunny doing this concert is just totally weird.
Pornhub presents even more issues in terms of how it distributes porn. Firstly, because it’s pretty easy for kids to stumble across sexually graphic content – at least more so than twenty years ago. And secondly, because Pornhub is actually putting a lot of people in the porn industry out of business. Its free access model means that, more often than not, people who should be getting paid for their work just aren’t being paid, anymore.
And yes, these issues around Pornhub are much more complex than what we can discuss in just a single article. But, what this all boils down to is that Bad Bunny’s decision to perform at the Pornhub Awards acts as an endorsement of Pornhub … both the good and the bad. So what do you think of Bad Bunny performing at the Pornhub Awards? Let us know your thoughts about it all on our Facebook page – you can find us through the icon at the top of the page.
Univision’s widley popular Uforia Concert Series is getting some big performances this week. In a huge announcement, the American Spanish-language network said that it’s Uforia Music Series will present two star-studded concerts in Texas that will assist and raise funds for those impacted by the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The concert series, which had been scheduled long before the fatal shootings, are set to feature performances by J Balvin, Bad Bunny ,Ozuna, Wisin y Yandel, Pedro Capo, Natti Natasha, Sebastian Yatra, Tito El Bambino and many more Latin artists. The shows, taking place Aug. 8 in Dallas and Aug. 10 in Houston, will bring together local communities for a celebration of Latin music and remembrance to those recovering from and impacted by the massacres.
The concerts are an opportunity for fans and the local communities to come together for music and give back as well.
Univision will present various opportunities for fans and attendees of both Dallas and Houston concerts to give back and donate to the El Paso Community Foundation, Paso del Norte Community Foundation and The Dayton Foundation. The network will also be matching the first $50,000 of donations that are received.
“The Uforia Music Series is meant to be a celebration of the sounds and rhythms that connect us as a culture and as a community—this connection is especially important in times of need. Following the tragic events in El Paso, we are honored to do our part to bring the local Latino community in Dallas and Houston together and to provide an opportunity for fans to support local organizations assisting those impacted on-site and via our first-ever livestream,” Jesus Lara, President of Radio, Univision said in a statement. “All of us at Univision stand in strength and solidarity with the Latino community in El Paso and across the country.”
Univision has also announced that, for the first time ever, they will follow in the steps of other music festivals in recent years and set up a live stream of the entire music event in Dallas. Both of the concert series will be broadcast live on UforiaMusic.com, as well as on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
This will give fans and listeners who can’t attend the shows an opportunity to donate and feel apart of the event themselves. Those who aren’t unable to attend the concerts can donate directly to affected community groups by visiting Univision’s charity page, Unidos Por Los Nuestros.
Bad Bunny and J Balvin, are expected to perform songs from their collaborative EP, Oasis, live for the first time ever. Hopefully this can provide a well needed break from what has been a tough week for many in this country.
Bad Bunny and J Balvin will both be the headliners of the Uforia Latino Mix Live shows. The Latin duo is expected to perform music from their widley successful joint album, Oasis, live for the first time since its June release, on Saturday, August 10th in Houston. J Balvin will perform new songs on his own on Thursday, August 8th in Dallas.
The joint album, Oasis, opened at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart back on July 13 which scored the biggest streaming debut for a Latin album released in 2019. The eight-song album has garnered positive reaction from fans and music critics alike.
People in Texas seriously can’t wait for the show. We’re sure after such a long stressful week this is going to be an escape for many.
Music has been a constant force in heeling when it comes to tragedies and for many it’s a way to escape, even for a little while. We’ve seen that this past week as music has been a big part of healing efforts in El Paso. Whether it’s been corridos or banda, it’s all played a big role in healing and helping many move forward.
The deadly attacks over this past weekend left 31 people dead and occurred at a shopping center in El Paso, Texas, and a popular housing complex in Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso shooting rocked the Latino community in the border city of Texas where many are still grieving and recovering from what many are calling a “hate crime” against Latinos.