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Bad Bunny Pushes Back Against Homophobia And Celebrates Gender Fluidity In New Video For ‘Caro’

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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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This Woman Hosted A Bad Bunny-Themed Birthday Party And It Was Everything

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This Woman Hosted A Bad Bunny-Themed Birthday Party And It Was Everything

When Raquel Reichard started to plan her 29th birthday, she knew she wanted it to be a tribute to the one and only Bad Bunny. The Puerto Rican singer holds a special place in Reichard’s heart and nothing was going to derail this theme. Now, it wasn’t just a backdrop for selfies and a Bad Bunny playlist. No. Reichard went all out to give everyone a complete Bad Bunny experience while celebrating her birthday.

Raquel Reichard wanted to ring in her 29th birthday with a Bad Bunny tribute party.

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Reichard says that she is a huge Bad Bunny fans but it isn’t only because of his music. His music is very important to her but his social consciousness and mold-breaking styling as a reggaeton and Latin trap artist spoke to her.

“He makes great music,” Reichard says. “His lyrics are brilliant; he’s challenging machismo and redefining masculinity; he uplifts women in a way we really haven’t seen from cis het men, both in mainstream music and in grassroots movements; he’s open about his mental health journey; he speaks out against the political and social turmoil that is taking place in Puerto Rico right now, both by the US and local governments — and he does all this in a way that’s digestible and of the gente.”

She added: “Also, I think he’s fine as hell. If you know me, you know I’m a big Bad Bunny fan, una coneja mala, as my brother calls me now, so it only seemed fitting that if there were a theme to my birthday party this year, it had to be Benito.”

Reichard got crafty and creative and offered guests all sorts of goodies to hold and wear for photos that are Bad Bunny.

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Who wouldn’t want to wear some bunny ears while partying it up to some Bad Bunny songs? If there is one thing we can all agree with, playing dress up for a good party is always a fun time.

The biggest part of the party was the “Estamos Bien” theme.

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Reichard remembers 2017 being one of the hardest years of her life and how Bad Bunny’s music helped her cope with everything she was dealing with.

“I got out of an eight-year relationship with someone I thought I was going to marry. I left my job at a big-name magazine. I went from having a beautiful apartment to sleeping on a friend’s couch. I was broke. Hurricane María razed my island and compounded an already-horrifying financial crisis. My cousin passed away. Everything that could go wrong that year literally went wrong,” Reichard explains. “Reggaeton and Latin trap, particularly that of Bad Bunny’s, helped me through it all. His emo-perreo helped me twerk my way through every stage of loss, from anger to depression to acceptance. It was temporary relief on the dancefloor. It was bigging me up when I felt low. It was a passport to explore new parts of myself.”

So, the phrase “Estamos Bien” is something super important for Reichard.

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“‘Estamos Bien’ is a declaration and reminder of where I’m finally at in my life. As I said, 2017 was the most-difficult year of my life. The following year, I did the really challenging, but necessary, work that I needed to do to heal, learn and grow,” Reichard recalls. “At the start of 2019, I was feeling ‘ni bien, ni mal.’ But by spring, it hit me that for the first time in a while, I was good. More than that, the people around me were as well. Yes, we are facing so many battles, from our relationships and careers to natural disasters and political violence. This shit is real and my aim isn’t to minimize any of it. But saying ‘Estamos Bien’ in the midst of all the struggle is to say we got us because community love and joy is how we survive and thrive through it all. “

The phrase is so important to her life and the party’s theme that she put it on her cake.

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And what a cake that was. Honestly, this cake is giving us some serious FOMO for not being at this party. We can only imagine that this cake was as delicious as it is beautiful.

“The cake was made by Gabriella Lima, of Sweet G Cakez. She’s an amazing local Puerto Rican baker who also happens to be a family friend,” Reichard says. “All I told her was that I wanted it to be tropical Boricua vibes and inspired by the “Estamos Bien” music video, and, somehow, if she could, put Bad Bunny’s face on it.”

Clearly, the cake delivered on everything Reichard was hoping for. Who could be upset at seeing that cake?

Of course, she had to create some kind of imagery expressing her love for Bad Bunny.

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We ship it. If you are willing to show someone this much love, you should be able to express that love through fake wedding photos. Reichard says that she has so connected to Bad Bunny’s persona that she seeks to uplift him and Puerto Rico with him.

Oh. She also had a manicure station along with so many other things because Bad Bunny loves to get his nails done.

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“I had a manicure station, which included Bettina, a Puerto Rican brand of nail polishes, Bad Bunny nail decal from Cha Cha Nails, acetone that had Benito’s face on it, cotton balls and nail filers, all by a framed photo of Bad Bunny getting his nails done in his “Caro” music video,” Reichard explains. “I had a hookah station, which was a huge hit, and it also had a framed photo of El Conejo Malo smoking from the “I Like It” music video. Throughout the room, I had confetti of his face, including an obviously-edited photo of him embracing me, HA!, some of my favorite lines from his songs and a few of his classic tiny glasses, which folks were able to use for the night and take home.”

Clearly, everyone had a great time celebrating Reichard’s birthday and her love for all things Bad Bunny.

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You know it’s a good birthday when people are willing to wear a full costume to celebrate your special day. Happy birthday, Raquel!

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Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals

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Bad Bunny And J Balvin Just Dropped Their Joint Album And It’s Exactly What You’d Expect From These Trap Royals

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Latin superstars Bad Bunny and J Balvin have been talking about a joint album for months, leaving global fans desperate for at least a taste of the musical gastronome the Puerto Rican rapero and Colombian reggaetonero have been cooking up, but Friday morning the two served up something better: their entire eight-track project, Oasis.

“Welcome to the oasis,” Balvin greets listeners on the EP’s first track “Mojaita,” a hooky reggaeton bop that sets the stage for what follows: “palos,” as Bunny describes it, with major club-appropriate bangers.

The album, largely produced by heavyweights Tainy and Sky Rompiendo, exudes Latino Gang excellence. Lyrically, both artists opted for catchy incantations over clever wordplay, spitting about their joint success and partying with big-bootied bebecitas as well as the pleasures and pains of romance that has defined reggaton’s poppy comeback. Sonically, the two rhyme over Afro-Caribbean riddims, like dancehall and hip-hop, at times even flirting with salsa loops. 

The album features two collaborations. In “Un Peso,” the reggaeton and Latin trap hitmakers link with Argentine rockero Marciano Cantero of Enanitos Verdes, blending their genres effortlessly in a song that disses a trifilin’ ex. In their final track, “Como un Bebé,” the Latino duo bring along Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi. The godfather of Banku music lends his Ghanian style through a trilingual rap about a childish romantic affair.


Oasis is an uncomplicated project meant to be enjoyed, at a Latinx house party, while getting dressed in your room, or during your morning commute. Bunny and Balvin want listeners, especially their Latinx fans, to bask in their success, and that of Latin genres they helped reignite, with them and feel proud to be a part of La Nueva Religion.

The album is an oasis because, as Benito puts it, “it’s a rescue, a relief, to freshen up.”

“When you go to an oasis, you go there to supply yourself with the vital things you are missing, things that you need. That’s why it says water, because human beings can’t live without water,” the trapero told Complex of the project last September.

So far, enthusiasts have agreed. On Twitter, fans of both Balvin and El Conejo Malo have been celebrating the surprise release of the anticipated album and sharing their favorites with the world.

Oasis, which is currently available for streaming on all platforms, is the latest project to come from Bad Bunny, who dropped his debut masterwork X100PRE last Nochebuena, and J Balvin, who delivered his award-winning Vibras last summer.

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