Bad Bunny’s Music Videos Contain Powerful Messages And These Were The Moments That Gave Us The Feels
2020 marked the year that Bad Bunny became a global superstar. Sure he’s long been a favorite of many, but it was this year that his name rose to super stardom and entered the mainstream.
But he’s also a pioneer for breaking cultural stereotypes that are often engrained in Latino culture. And he’s used his powerful platform to speak out on a number of important issues, such as homophobia, transphobia, domestic violence and machismo. Many of these important messages are featured in his lyrics but also in his music videos, case in point: “Yo Perreo Sola.”
But it wasn’t just this video that rocketed Bad Bunny to the top of the charts or as an advocate for so many of us. Here we round up some of the top moments that Bad Bunny spoke to us through his powerful music videos.
Yo Perreo Sola
Perhaps one of Bad Bunny’s most obvious and poignant statements came in his video and lyrics for “Yo Perreo Sola.” In the video, Bad Bunny challenged gender roles by dressing in drag in the video for his female-empowerment anthem.
Dressed in full drag (including several outfit changes), Bad Bunny raps about a woman’s right to be left alone by men.
“Si no quiere bailar contigo, respeta. Ella perrea sola,” which translates to, “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her. She twerks alone.”
Solo De Mi
Bad Bunny takes a powerful stand against domestic violence in the video for “Solo de Mi.” The emotional visual shows a woman standing in front of a microphone, and as it progresses, bruises begin appearing on her face. However, by the end of the video, she regains her power and celebrates by dancing with Bad Bunny.
As Bad Bunny and Sech sing to their exes, the video highlights a diverse range of couples from various racial and sexual backgrounds. The duo also performed the song on The Tonight Show, which Bad Bunny used as an opportunity to highlight the story of murder of Alexa Negrón Luciano, a homeless transgender woman who was killed in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a hate crime four days prior to the performance.
Probably one of the first videos that put Bad Bunny on people’s radar as an outspoken advocate, Caro is all about refusing to to conform to rigid gender roles.
Not only is “Caro” a total bop, but he spotlights women from all walks of life and starts off the video with him getting his nails done. “Men also take care of themselves,” he previously told Refinery29. “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.”
Si Veo A Tu Mamá
Bad Bunny shines a light on mental health as the clip starts off with a man attempting suicide. The track then dives into the realities of depression and shows viewers that it’s OK to be in tune with your emotions even if you are a man.
When asked by Entertainment Tonight about his messages, he said, “I think, as a reggaeton singer, I have a [fan base] that I think needs that message or that type of education,” explaining that he’s not sure if others have realized how necessary it is to talk about issues affecting the LGBTQ community. “Creo que nadie en la vida a pensado, nadie en la vida quizá han realizado que se necesitaba. So, I decide to talk about these issue because it’s important.”
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