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Bad Bunny Tweets In Defense Of LGBTQ Community In Response To Don Omar’s Homophobic Tweet

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There have long been conversations about the rampant homophobia portrayed in reggaeton and Latin trap. Artists like Bad Bunny are changing that narrative by embracing the gender spectrum and giving queer Latin trap fans a place to enjoy the music without the derogatory undertones. However, recent events show that the genre and the main players of the reggaeton world still have a long way to go. Here’s a little bit about the last few weeks in reggaeton and how the conversations about homophobia in the genre have been reenergized.

We can’t start this story without acknowledging Kevin Fret and his death.

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He billed himself as Puerto Rico’s first openly gay Latin trap singer and was publicly harassed with homophobic slurs and verses by trapero Anuel AA, which has since been removed from the internet. On Jan. 10, Fret was shot and killed while riding his motorcycle at 5:30 a.m. There is no connection that his death was due to his sexuality but his death does mark the 22nd homicide in Puerto Rico in 2019.

A couple weeks later, a story broke of Ozuna being extorted because of an explicit video.

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According to multiple reports, Ozuna was recorded when he was 16 years old participating in sexual activities with other men. Multiple media outlets in Puerto Rico allege that Kevin Fret was behind the extortion attempts but it has not been confirmed.

This breaking story prompted reggaeton sensation Don Omar to drop some homophobic slurs.

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Pato (duck) is a common gay slur used in Spanish. Many were disappointed that Don Omar would use the death of one singer and the alleged extortion of another to post a homophobic tweet. Disappointed, but not surprised. People were quick to step in and call out Don Omar for the tweet made in poor taste.

San Juan’s Mayor immediately stepped in to school Don Omar.

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It’s pretty clear that Puerto Rico’s political leaders will defend the LGBTQ community against anyone’s slurs, no matter their status. Let’s also remember that this video was illegal in the first place. Ozuna is a victim.

The tweet caused serious backlash as LGBTQ people and allies raised their voices.

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Some fans are asking if Don Omar was simply stating his opinions about carne, but most of the internet sees the timing, and tied Instagram videos, as damning evidence of homophobia.

Even Bad Bunny came through to call it all a crazy shame.

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While Bad Bunny is right to be shocked about homophobic slurs at this time in our lives, we’re not surprised. Reggaeton and Latin trap music are rife with examples of homophobic lyrics and imagery.

The LGBTQ community busted out to stan Bad Bunny.

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While most of us grew up with our mami’s and their comadres gossiping about whether or not Ricky Martin was gay, Bad Bunny is one of the first breakout artists to really stand strong supporting the gender fluid and LGBTQ community.

Bad Bunny has truly come out as the shining star of all this chisme.

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We don’t know the full story about who was targeting Ozuna for extortion, or if Don Omar cares about how he’s affected the LGBTQ community. We do know that Bad Bunny is making waves by being a male trap artist who is defending and uplifiting the LGBTQ community.

The release of his music video for “Caro” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

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The entire video functions as an argument for gender fluidity. The lyrics themselves are all about living that rico lifestyle and minding your own business.

He stayed true to his roots.

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Bad Bunny is known for loving his nail polish, and when we see him getting the star treatment, we zoom in to see this. Not only is he breaking down the stigma around being gender fluid or part of the LGBTQ community, he is also staying true to his roots.

We get to see his female alter-ego make decisions about her gender presentation.

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Once the video pans out, we see 19-year-old model Jazmyne Joy (who has publicly recreated Bad Bunny’s looks on Instagram). For those who are gender non-conforming, this scene in the closet is a beautiful insight to one of the most intimate times of the day.

We see her walk out of a pink house in completely androgynous attire.

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The imagery is something to be admired. What is Bad Bunny trying to say? Perhaps he is showing that despite when the world might see or what the world wants you to be, you can always walk out of the house and be who you want to be.

Throughout the video, we watch people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and abilities take the catwalk in style.

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We see trans models, pregnant models, models with Down Syndrome, all taking the catwalk and looking fabulous. I’m not crying, you’re crying. 😭 😭 😭

Then he is surrounded by people running past and showing the beauty of all human forms.

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Does it seem like the sun shines out his sacral chakra for all genders? This video is a work of art that everyone needs to see and experience.

We even see Bad Bunny getting kisses on the cheek from both a man and a woman.

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This is what true masculinity and BDE looks like, folks. He is comfortable with himself and where he is in the world.

Regardless, “Caro” just became the template for the best gender-bending music video of the year.

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As far as we all know, both these people look fly in the same outfit. It’s pretty clear that Bad Bunny’s statement here is to just love yourself, exactly as you are.

Most importantly, young queer kids who look up to him will open their hearts to more gente that look like him.

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Even more importantly, young queer Latinx kids will have someone in the spotlight that they can relate with; that they can dream to aspire to. We all have a place in this world and Bad Bunny is making sure of that.

He’s breaking gender barriers in bigger and louder ways, every day.

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It’s true that it really doesn’t matter what anyone’s sexuality or gender identity is. He just challenged gender norms in Latino society and his fans are here for it. He might have even picked up some new fans with his strong stance.

Basically, he just did that. ⬇️

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The older generation may not be here for Bad Bunny’s music and may never be exposed to the pioneering work that he’s accomplishing for the rest of us. We all, hopefully, have those machismo cousins that might sway un poquito towards a more open “mind and spirit” to appreciate all diversity.


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