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

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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Miss Bala' Wants To Pave A Way For More Latinos To Work In Hollywood Behind And In Front Of The Camera

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Miss Bala’ Wants To Pave A Way For More Latinos To Work In Hollywood Behind And In Front Of The Camera

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When it comes to Latino representation in major studio films, there is a huge disparity. Statistics show Latinos are the largest minority group in the country and account for the largest percentage of moviegoers among minorities at 24 percent. Yet when it comes to representation on the big screen, Latinos are severely lacking as they made up only 6.2 percent of speaking characters in the top 100 movies in 2017. “Miss Bala,” an action thriller set to hit theaters on Feb. 1, is trying to change the notion that a predominately Latino cast and crew can’t perform well at the box office.

With a 95 percent Latino cast and crew, “Miss Bala” is set to break some barriers along the way.

“Miss Bala” features Gina Rodriguez, the star of “Jane The Virgin”, and a cast that is compromised of 95 percent Latino from cast to crew. Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the film that centers around Gloria, a makeup artist from Los Angeles who finds her own power when she is kidnapped and forced to smuggle money for a drug cartel. The film is a remake of the 2011 Mexican film directed by Gerardo Naranjo and was produced by Pablo Cruz, who oversaw the original film.

Having a cast that is predominantly Latino is a rarity in today’s Hollywood landscape. After films like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” dominated the box office, “Miss Bala” is getting its chance to give Latinos they’re big break at the box office. What makes the film even more special is the leading role will be a Latina, in an action film nonetheless.

Gina Rodriguez hopes the film opens the door for more Latino representation in TV and film.

Rodriguez made her big splash when she won a Golden Globe in 2015 for her leading role in “Jane The Virgin.” Shortly after, the 34-year-old actress became one of the faces of Latino representation in Hollywood. It’s also a topic she isn’t afraid of speaking up about. Rodriguez has been outspoken about Latin American representation in television and film, she has also acknowledged she can’t be the only voice representing the Latino community.

“There’s no way I can represent the Latinx community alone. We come in varied shades and skin color and eye color and hair, and political background and religious background and the complexities of the Latinx community is so great,” Rodriguez said in a CBS interview. “So to be an advocate is important for me, because if I can create more opportunities and you can see more and the varied beautiful cultures does encompass the Latinx community.”

“Miss Bala” will be the first lead movie role for Rodriguez and will soon be the new face of Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego.

“Miss Bala” isn’t trying to just break Hollywood taboos but start a movement by making Latino-led films the new norm.

There is hope that the success of the film can create a movement in Hollywood where Latino-led films will get more opportunities. Cruz says he hopes this is just the first installment of Miss Bala.

“What will be amazing is if in a year or two we’re making the third installment of ‘Miss Bala,’ and we say (expletive), there are two more films like ours because now things have changed,” Cruz told USA Today.

Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), says the film represents a new barrier being broken for Latinos. He’s seen many studios pass on films like “Miss Bala” and hopes this is the step in the right direction.

“The NHMC supports films like MISS BALA that are not only compelling and outstanding artistically but are also barrier-breaking, hiring a cast and crew that is 95 percent Latino. This at a time when research shows Latino leads and speaking roles in the top grossing films in recent years are nearly non-existent,” Nogales said. “This is a solid film that will likely show a nearly all-Latino cast and crew can mean good business for a major Hollywood studio.”


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