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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.

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Bad Bunny responded to Don Omar’s bigotry against the LGBT and tweed: “Homophobia in this day and age? How embarrassing, loco.”

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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

READ: No Matter How Famous He Gets, Bad Bunny Will Never Forget The Place And People That Made Him

Bad Bunny’s decision to highlight the gender spectrum in his music video is striking a chord with fans.

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.

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 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.

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.

See the masterful video yourself below.


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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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Bad Bunny Released A New Song In Honor Of Kobe Bryant And Fans Are Crying

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Bad Bunny Released A New Song In Honor Of Kobe Bryant And Fans Are Crying

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Kobe Bryant’s death on Jan. 26 shocked the sporting world and millions of fans around the world. News that his daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was also on the helicopter when it crashed furthered the heartbreak. Tributes and love have been pouring in for Kobe and his daughter and now Bad Bunny released a song dedicated to the basketball legend.

Bad Bunny’s song “6 Rings” in honor of Kobe Bryant is a heartfelt note to an incredible father and athlete.

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Bad Bunny really went for it with his song honoring Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Kobe was an inspiration for millions of people and his death was a shock that is still being felt. Bad Bunny’s song has brought those emotions back to the surface.

The lyrics are bringing fans of the basketball player to tears.

Kobe fans are grieving the sudden loss of the sports star. The lyrics of Bad Bunny’s song are both helping fans grieve and celebrate Kobe and his incredible career.

Even Soundcloud chimed in to honor Kobe via Bad Bunny’s tweet about the song.

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The last 24 seconds of the song are audio of Kobe Bryant speaking to fans. It ends with the basketball player saying, “Mamba out” followed by cheers from fans. The touching addition of Kobe’s voice makes the song more powerful and emotionally charged.

The sound of Kobe’s voice in the song is just too much for some of the people listening to the song.

Hearing his voice is just too real for some people still grieving. The end of Kobe’s speech with his phrase “Mamba out” is the perfect way to end the song.

The loss of Kobe is still something people are grappling with.

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Sudden deaths are often very difficult to overcome, especially when the people we lose are young. Kobe was 41 and Gianna was 16 when they died in the helicopter crash. Our thoughts are with their family and friends as they try to navigate this confusing and painful time.

You can hear the full song below.

Rest in peace, Kobe and Gianna.

READ: Kobe Bryant’s Death Has Fans Mourning A Huge Loss: From Bad Bunny To Ricky Martin, Here’s How Latinos Are Reacting