Like so many Latino dads, Pepo García is using his Facebook platform to express all the opinions. He shares photos of his golden retrievers wearing hats, protests “los animales” who hunt actual wild animals, and Hurricane Maria recovery. Also, six months ago, he shared about how he thinks Bad Bunny is a bad role model for young men and women.
This week, he woke up to see his own daughter land the lead role in Bad Bunny’s latest music video, “Callaita.” 🤭
He had something to say about that.
Apparently, during the last six months, his youngest daughter, Natalia, started a modeling career. Claro, her first big job would be as Bad Bunny’s love interest in a music video.
Pepo has two daughters and two adorable golden retriever hijos.
Of course, Pepo is worried about the entire genre of reggaeton affecting young girls’ minds, but Natalia has a mind of her own.
“Those who know me, know I’m not a huge fan of Bad Bunny,” Pepo wrote.
“A few months ago, I made a post criticizing the message of some of his music, and that of his foundation,” Pepo confessed. Of course, we had to dig up the post and it’s glorious.
“The message can’t be different.”
Late last year, Pepo had posted this message: “The message can’t be different. On the stage it can’t be one and at the good bunny foundation all the opposite. That causes confusion!!!”
He was upset that the Good Bunny Foundation was touting teaching “good values,” while he thinks El Conejo Malo is singing los malos.
Consistency was the ultimate value to Pepo. The gist of his comments was along the lines of, “How could Bad Bunny be singing against domestic violence and then sing about partying with the ladies?”
A very active comment thread commenced.
Los jovenes coming to the defense of Bad Bunny and los viejos aghast that Good Bunny would want to teach good values.
The best part was that Natalia actually called out her dad on Facebook.
Pepo gave the classic response: I’m allowed to express my opinions, mija.
The best part is that Pepo wished “I was wrong…and make me look bad.”
He did acknowledge that the jovenes might have a different perspective. In one comment reply, he said, “Although I recently asked some young people how they felt with the lyrics and if it was not offensive to them and the answer was that they did not set on that. It seems to be like bad bunny says it’s a new religion his music. If it went on the line of values – – which I don’t think I do – – I would be the first one to buy and listen to his music.”
His daughter helped make that happen.
In his recent post, he announced that, “One of the people who disagreed with me was my youngest daughter, Natalia, who stayed ‘Callaita.’”
Update: Pepo still doesn’t like Bad Bunny.
Then he announced to his Facebook friends that, “After this Natalia entered the field of modeling and to my surprise today in the morning, she called me to inform me that her first job in her new career was as the primary model of the new song ‘Callaita’ by Bad Bunny that has just come out.”
Sorry, Bad Bunny.
You might not have won over Pepo’s heart, but la nueva religion is going strong, conejito.
On Wednesday, tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans shouted “Ricky, renuncia!” as they marched through the streets of Old San Juan in its fifth and largest protest calling for the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
Early in the demonstration, Puerto Rican stars like Bad Bunny, Residente, Ricky Martin, PJ Sin Suela and more gathered in front of the Capitolio, where they held large Puerto Rican flags and signs that read “los enterraron sin saber que somos semillas,” and encouraged a roaring crowd to not abandon their fight. As the artists stood atop a white truck in the midst of protestors, activist Tito Kayak, who famously placed the Puerto Rican flag on the Statue of Liberty’s crown in 2000 in protest of the US’ presence in Vieques, scaled the flagpole in an attempt to remove the American flag. The crowd erupted in cheers, chanting “Tito, Tito,” showing that the protest in the US territory extends beyond the people’s grievances with their local government.
Bad Bunny took to the streets of Puerto Rico with his fellow Americans to protest a governor they want out of office.
Protests erupted on Saturday after Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published 889 pages of a private Telegram chat between the governor and some of his officials. The messages included profanity-laced homophobic, transphobic and misogynistic comments about female politicians, celebrities and protestors and hard-hearted jokes about the victims of Hurricane María. For the people of Puerto Rico, who were just rocked by a money-laundering scheme by its education and health leaders and endured repeated neglect and abuse by both its local and federal governments following the devastating hurricane, the chats symbolized the final straw.
As darkness fell on Wednesday, some of the celebrities spoke out.
“This government has to begin respecting the people. We can’t stop protesting,” Residente, born René Pérez Joglar, said. Later, Puerto Rican singer iLe, Residente’s younger sister, sang the original, revolutionary version of La Borinqueña, with demonstrators, holding their flags and fists in the air, joining her in song, belting, “Vámonos, borinqueños, vámonos ya, que nos espera ansiosa, ansiosa la libertad.”
By la Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, tension sparked in the mostly-peaceful protest in the late hours of the night. Demonstrators, some throwing bottles of water and fireworks, busted through a barricade. Police fired tear gas, dispersing the massive crowd and angering local residents who allege officers discharged on empty streets where elders and youth in their homes struggled to breathe as a result of the smoke.
Other areas of the old city looked like a war zone, with officers chasing and shooting rubber bullets at protestors, trash bags blazing on cobblestone streets and the windows of graffiti-laden establishments shattering.
According to authorities, at least seven protesters were arrested during the protests and four police officers were injured. There is also an investigation into an officer who forcefully grabbed a demonstrator alleging she was trying to jump over a barrier, though footage of the incident later revealed she was not.
Motorcycles also thundered through the city early Thursday morning, as a protest caravan of thousands of motorcyclists, led by El Rey Charlie and reggaetoneros Brytiago, Noriel, and Ñengo Flow, traveled from Trujilo Alto to Old San Juan in a journey that captivated the island.
People on the island are relentless in demanding that their voices be heard.
“We won’t stop. The oppression is over. The repression is over. Ricky, resign or we will take you out because the people put you there and we are ready to remove you. We want you out,” El Rey Charlie, a beloved motorist on the island, told Puerto Rican network WAPA-TV.
Outside of San Juan, groups around the island also took to the streets. In the States, the diaspora and their allies similarly demonstrated in Orlando, New York, Miami, Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio and more, while international actions occurred in the Dominican Republic and Spain as well.
Despite the massive uprising, Rosselló has contended that he would not resign. The governor, who previously apologized for his “improper act,” said that he believes he could win over the people of Puerto Rico.
“I recognize the challenge that I have before me because of the recent controversies, but I firmly believe that it is possible to restore confidence and that we will be able, after this painful process, to achieve reconciliation,” he said in Spanish. “I have the commitment, stronger than ever, to carry out the public policy.”
The governor is desperately trying to get people to forget about the unacceptable and offensive conversations he was involved.
As Rosselló insists he would not step down, the president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives, Carlos Méndez Núñez, has already appointed three lawyers to investigate the contents of the leaked chats to determine whether an impeachment process can begin.
Additionally, Puerto Rico’s non-voting delegate to Congress Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón, who is a member of the governor’s pro-statehood New Progressive Party, has called for a meeting among her PNP colleagues.
There is no shortage of corruption that people want to get rid of right now.
“There must be an urgent meeting of the directory of @pnp_pr to discuss everything that is happening,” González-Colón said on Twitter.
President Donald Trump also took the opportunity to lambast the embattled governor as well as criticize the island, including the mayor of San Juan Carmen Yulín Cruz, for corruption.
President Trump weighed in on the matter and used it to attack an island still recovering from the hurricane and the mayor of San Juan.
He continued: “This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”
But for many protesters, the marches aren’t just about sending a message of indignation to Rosselló, but rather to all corrupt politicians on the archipelago as well as the colonial federal government. Protest posters illustrate Rosselló with Trump’s hair to compare the two abhorred leaders, while vandalism on concrete walls screams for the resignation of the governor, the fiscal control board and the island’s colonial ties to the U.S.
Today and tomorrow, the people say, the uprising continues, with demonstrations planned across Puerto Rico and its diaspora in the US and worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“‘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.
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.
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.
“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.
You know it’s a good birthday when people are willing to wear a full costume to celebrate your special day. Happy birthday, Raquel!