Bad Bunny Pushes Back Against Homophobia And Celebrates Gender Fluidity In New Video For ‘Caro’
There are many negative generalizations about Latino men including, among others, that they are machistas and homophobic. In the music industry, discrimination, and bigotry also persist. One needs to look no further than a recent tweet by Puerto Rican Don Omar to witness the negativity and his downright offensiveness toward the LGBT community. Instead of promoting Omar’s tweet, we rather share the openness and positive stance that another Latino musical artist decided to tweet in response to him.
Bad Bunny responded to Don Omar’s bigotry against the LGBT and tweed: “Homophobia in this day and age? How embarrassing, loco.”
homofobia a estas alturas? que vergüenza loco
— 👁 (@sanbenito) January 23, 2019
Bad Bunny isn’t just backing up the LGBT community with a tweet, he’s celebrating who he is and that he isn’t afraid to show it.
In his latest music video titled “Caro,” Bad Bunny proudly shows off his gender fluidity.
The Puerto Rican Latin trap artist has always been firm about his fluidity as a male, despite the closemindedness of others. In an interview with Refinery29, Bad Bunny opened up about his desire to wear nail polish and his eccentric way of dressing.
“Men also take care of themselves,” he said. “There is no need to criticize why one decides to maintain themselves one type of way. Stop the ignorance and let’s think with a more open mind. We’re in 2018, and we are supposed to have equality.”
From that moment on, the video then takes on a female lead and features other women of color of every shape and size walking down the fashion runway. The video, directed by Fernando Lugo and Bad Bunny, also features women you normally never see in music videos, let alone a rap music video, including a drag queen, a pregnant woman, and young girl with Down Syndrome.
Bad Bunny’s decision to highlight the gender spectrum in his music video is striking a chord with fans.
once again, Bad Bunny fights against social and cultural norms, bringing the marginalized and outcasts front and center in his art…Caro is an incredibly powerful music video, everyone needs to see it (this is why he’s my role model/favorite artist😤) pic.twitter.com/KbIgXkwj22
— francys (@francysreed) January 24, 2019
In “Caro” we see him in his true form, and it’s so refreshing to see a male rapper pushing back against the typical heteronormative narratives we constantly see in music videos. In “Caro” — which means expensive in Spanish — Bad Bunny is getting his nails painted and then in an instant he becomes female, and she has the same buzz cut that he does.
Bad Bunny’s “Caro” is the latest song and video to push the boundaries of sexuality in Latin music.
First @sanbenito tackled gender violence with the Solo de Mí music video and now he's lifting up queer kids with the one for Caro.
MI CORAZÓN, PUÑETA 😭❤️https://t.co/BEXSyOT0pd
— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) January 23, 2019
Major Latin music artist are standing up for their queer, female, and gender non-conforming fans like never before and it is resonating with everyone. As a society, we are learning more and more about the ever-growing and ever-changing landscape of gender identity and gender expression. Bad Bunny is one musical artist that is leaning into his own gender expression.
The inclusivity and acceptance in “Caro” are bringing joy to so many people that need this message.
Bad bunny’s song “caro” is about self-esteem & seeing your worth. In his music video he shows a woman with Down syndrome, fat, skinny, old, young, black, brown, white, and transgender women while breaking male gender roles.. HUMONGOUS DICK ENERGY.
— 505 (@zljxb) January 24, 2019
Bad Bunny’s video shows the world, or at least those watching, just how diverse and intricate the world is around them. We are far past the days of a gender binary and archaic standards of beauty that only value one set of traits over another.
Some people are still stunned by the end of the video and the powerful message from a male, Latin trap rapper.
— juansito⚡️ (@juansitouuu) January 23, 2019
By the end of the 4-minute video, Bad Bunny returns and begins getting kissed on the cheek by women and men. The video finishes with Bad Bunny face-to-face with his female counterpart, almost as if they’re looking at a mirror version of themselves and engage in a kiss.