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Maluma Fans Are Outraged And Angry Over The Singer’s Latest Drama

So were you one of the Maluma fans wondering what happened to the singer’s Instagram?

Trust, you were not alone.

Countless people took to Twitter and Facebook wondering what was going on with Maluma’s Instagram. Was he hacked? Did he delete it? Or was there some mad drama?

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Well, now we have the full story.

Maluma deleted his Instagram account after receiving backlash for publishing a video showing him playing with a baby lion.

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Translation: “Maluma says goodbye to Instagram, outraged by criticism of this endearing photo.”

The Colombian singer was in Mexico City kicking off his world tour for his new album, “11:11.” While in Mexico he visited an animal sanctuary and uploaded the controversial video.

He probably couldn’t have predicted that the seemingly innocent post would lead him to close his favorite social media account.

In the video, he is petting and playing with a baby lion named Mala Mia. This triggered a wave of criticism as followers assumed that the clip was about a new pet and that owning an animal like that was offensive and a violation of animal rights.

And seriously, people were not having it.

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Translation: “Pure ego. Canceled.”

Some on Twitter quickly got right to the point, saying that they were totally over the singer. And blaming him and his ego for the decision.

Many were concerned as to why this baby lion was being used as a photo prop.

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Translation: What is this animal doing out of its habitat?

Out of the nearly 10,000 comments on the Instagram video, manuy of them were wondering why Maluma would use a baby lion as a prop – even if it was one that he had been supporting.

One angry Instagram user demanded the animal be put back.

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His comment garnered more than 200 likes and many more comments from people agreeing with him.

Fans and non-fans alike came for the 25-year-old singer accusing him of being irresponsible by posing with a baby lion.

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Translation: “It’s not that there are stupid people, it is that beings like you are not aware that every f*cking they do or say is a message to the world, if you have a lion cub, what message are you sending? Be conscious you stupid child.”

WIth a platform of more than 40 million people, Maluma should be more careful with what he posts. Even if the lion was a rescue that he helped support, he should have made that very clear in his post and gave a shout out to how important it is to protect animals like Mala Mia.

In all the noise, there were some fans who came to Maluma’s defense.

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Translation: “Stupid people, they criticize without finding out or informing themselves. It is a sanctuary where they rescue animals from hunters, exploiters, circuses, etc. They can not return them to their habitat because they did not learn to survive. Criticism is easy.”

ICYMI, this is the video that set the whole thing into motion.

Since posting it on Saturday, the video has been viewed almost 3 million times and has racked up nearly 10,000 comments.

And for the true chismosas out there, this is Maluma’s angry clap back video:

The reggaetonero did not hide his anger and calls out fans as “ignorant and stupid.” He then went on the following rant:

“I was looking at the comments of my last post with a lion, Mala Mia. I don’t know, I don’t understand why people are so stupid, people so stupid that they think it’s my pet. They do not understand that this animal is there because it was rescued. They do not understand it would be dead if it had not been rescued.”

Maluma even put all the haters on blast asking what they were doing to help animals.

“Why is it still in their head that I would have a lion as a pet? Why, instead of writing stupid things and arguing and judging, why don’t you go out and buy food for dogs that need it on the street? Why not go and save animals, as Eduardo is doing with the foundation? Stop arguing and don’t be ignorant.”

Wow. Just wow.

In the now-deleted videos, an offended Maluma emphasized that he is dedicated to protecting animals.

“I’m an animal lover and I always be. I would never support the trafficking of animals. How could you even think that I could have an animal like that as a pet?” he lamented.

Despite all the drama, Maluma’s Instagram blackout only lasted a day.

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So for those of us who were looking for our daily dose of #thristraps, you’ll be glad to know that all of Maluma’s thirsty photos are back on Instagram.

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10 ‘Instagram Vs. Reality’ Photos Of Mexico’s Most Instagrammable Places To See Before You Book Plane Tickets

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10 ‘Instagram Vs. Reality’ Photos Of Mexico’s Most Instagrammable Places To See Before You Book Plane Tickets

It’s no secret that Instagram is the highlight reel of life, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded from time to time. Sometimes we forget that influencers, celebs, brands —and even ourselves— are guilty of editing and filtering photos so heavily that they end up looking nothing like the real life version. In the search for the perfect “Instagram-worthy” shot, we lose perspective of what things looked like in reality. 

These places are still beautiful —just a little different than you might expect. 

This is why we thought we’d round up Mexico’s most “Instagrammable” spots according to social media users and show you the curated, edited and heavily filtered version, as opposed to the everyday scenario. And don’t get me wrong, all of these places are beautiful in their own way. I simply thought you might want to know that there can be crowds, it can get hot and humid, and Instagram won’t show any of that. 

1. Hierve el agua 

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Reality 

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Hierve el Agua is a set of natural rock formations in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that resemble cascades of water. There’s no denying that this place is a wonder of nature —but be warned; it will get crowded and the water isn’t always crystal clear. Depending on the season, the pools get a little opaque, just letting you know.  

2. Islas Marietas

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Reality

The Marieta Islands are a group of small uninhabited islands a few miles off the coast of the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Playa del Amor, commonly known as the Hidden Beach, is thought to be —because of deceiving IG posts— “a lovers’ beach, tucked below the surface of the island, provides a safe haven for romance.” In actuality, the beach is only accessible via boat —and you have to swim to get to the hidden beach. Once there, there are crowds and crowds of people in orange life-vests (these are mandatory unless you want to risk a ticket and fine). The place is still beautiful, but getting an insta-worthy shot might be close to impossible unless you make it out there before 9am.

3. Las Coloradas

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The viral cotton candy pink lakes located in Yucatan, Mexico are really a sight to be seen. The vibrant pink color of these lakes is due to red-colored algae, plankton, and brine shrimp that thrive in the salty environment. As the water evaporates, these organisms become more concentrated, glimmering pink in the bright Mexican sunlight. Unfortunately this is a not a year-round event —sometimes the organisms that give color to the lakes run low, and so the water takes on the regular murky color of a good old lake.

4. Grutas Tolantongo

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Reality

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Tolantongo is a box canyon and resort located 17 kilometres from Ixmiquilpan on Route 27 in the Mezquital Valley, State of Hidalgo in Mexico, It is about 1.5 hours northwest of Pachuca and 198 km or three-to-four hours northwest of Mexico City —aka. it’s a looong drive into the country. The place no doubt, is beautiful and well worth the drive. But you might have to wait a bit to grab a pool due to the large groups of tourists that flock to the area as soon as spring and summer hits Mexico.

5. Jardín Escultorico Las Pozas 

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Reality

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Las Pozas is a surrealistic group of structures created by Edward James, more than 2,000 feet above sea level, in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico. The place is comprised of over 80 acres of land —so you best bring a tour guide, lots of water and a change of clothes, because it will get sweaty. Oh, and don’t forget the mosquito repellent, it is the rainforest after all.

6. San Miguel de Allende

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Reality

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San Miguel de Allende, a colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands, is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene and cultural festivals. In the city’s historic, cobblestoned center lies the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Keep in mind that this city was first built in the 16th century so it wasn’t planned with cars and crowds in mind. The place can get pretty hectic and busy, so set a meeting point for your friends and/or family to meet in case you get lost in the crowds.

7. Ruinas de Tulum

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Reality

The trendy town of Tulum was built next to the Mayan ruins. The 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the sea. It incorporates the clifftop Castillo, built as a watchtower, and the Templo de las Pinturas, with a partially restored mural. The place is truly magical, you’ll get a chance to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean after you tour the ruins —but a word of caution: the walk from the parking lot into the archaeological site es LONG, and it’s HOT in Quintana Roo, so if you can, take the shuttle. Bring lots of water and if possible, a parasol or hat to to get some respite from the sun.

8. El salto del Meco 

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Reality 

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If you visit this waterfall in dry season (May-September), you might find it empty, because a company located next to it, takes all the water to provide energy for the region. But although the waterfall itself is just visible in rainy season, the beautiful green natural pools are always there to amaze you.

9. Sayulita

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Reality

Sayulita is a village on Mexico’s Pacific coast backed by the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. It’s known for beaches with strong surf, like the central Sayulita Beach and for its brightly decorated streets. Yes, the place is beautiful but remember that filters and editing can make a place look much more ‘enhanced’ than it might look like IRL.

10.Mercado de la Ciudadela

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Reality

The Ciudadela Market is a traditional style Mexican market which specializes in the sale of Mexican handcrafts and folk art, located in the southwest corner of the historic center of Mexico City. The place is ideal if you need to buy some souvenirs, other than that, it’s just a good old Mexican ‘mercado’.

Scar Talks About How He Went From Being A Cholo On The Streets To A Family Man Pursuing Acting

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Scar Talks About How He Went From Being A Cholo On The Streets To A Family Man Pursuing Acting

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At first glance, Mario “Scar” Ponce, the social media star and rising actor who rose to viral fame in mitú’s “Cholos Try” videos, might seem like an intimidating figure. Covered in tattoos, piercings, and a notable scar marking the left side of his face, he seems exactly the type of bad boy that your madre told you to stay away from. However, with Scar, there is more to him than meets the eye. 

Although Scar got his big break because he looked like a tough-as-nails Cholo, he rose to popularity for precisely the opposite reason. From his first appearance on “Cholos Try,” viewers were drawn to Scar for his soft-spoken demeanor, his warm personality, and his quiet sense of humor. Pretty soon, he racked up an enviable internet fan base, with almost 90,000 followers on Instagram and over 10 million YouTube views of his short film, “Hermanos.” Now, you can see Scar in short films and indie movies where, this time, he played fictional characters. Recently, we had a chance to talk to Scar about his past, his tough exterior, and how his children keep him grounded.

Mitu (M): Tell us a little bit about your backstory. What kind of family did you grow up in?

Scar (S): I’m from the best hood ever, which is father-hood. I have two wonderful kids that motivate me to be a much better person each day. I have three sisters and two brothers. I’m proud to say that one of my brothers joined the Marines, and one of my sisters joined the Navy, while I joined the streets.

M: You’ve built your brand around being a Cholo, but you play up the comedy angle. What does being a cholo mean to you that is different than the Hollywood depiction of Cholos?

S: I didn’t build a brand around being a Cholo, I built a brand out of being myself. When it comes to playing a Cholo on set, I always bring 100 percent raw authenticity to the table–sometimes even more. 

M: You’ve been candid about your previous life on the streets. When did you decide to change your lifestyle? How did you find the strength and determination to change?

S: I knew that I had to change my lifestyle way before I started appearing in videos. I changed my ways the day I became a parent. For once in my life, I found someone that needed me more than I needed them. But in reality, it’s my kids that saved my life. 

M: You’ve admitted to having a “tough exterior” for people you don’t know very well. Why is that?

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S: People will always get the wrong idea about me when they first see me, and I’m okay with that. My mom told me once: “If you weren’t my son and I saw you on the street, I’d be scared of you.” I don’t care if people judge me from my appearance anymore. Hey, normal-looking people scare me anyways.

M: How did you get into acting and performing on digital media?

S: I didn’t choose the set life, the set life chose me. I was at my 9-to-5 one day and my fellow co-worker showed me an ad on Craigslist. It read that they needed Cholos for a TV pilot. I got the gig and I actually enjoyed portraying myself on camera. I was a natural. Oddly enough, I got fired from my job that same week and that’s when I decided to pursue working in the film industry. I ended up being a cast member for “Cholos Try” and after that, it was a vegan-wrap (inside joke).

M: You’ve talked about how “Cholos Try” has changed your life from people being afraid of you to people wanting to be around you and take your picture. How has that changed the way you interact with people?

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S: Everywhere I go, the fans always ask to take a picture with me. This has given me a whole different outlook on life. Before the videos, I always felt like I had to be the “bad guy” due to the way people would see me. But after the videos went viral, I realized that I can be a good person too and that felt much better. Even cops want to take pictures with me now–not all the time, but sometimes.

M: What is the most memorable “Cholos Try” video for you?

S: The most memorable “Cholos Try” episode for me was the one where I tried kombucha and kale chips. I was never open to trying out new foods, but ever since then, I’m always eager to taste something new. Just the experience of trying new flavors is like entering a whole new ‘hood–I mean–a whole new world.

M: Do you think Cholos are misunderstood in the media? How do you want them to be represented? 

S: I don’t think that Cholos are misunderstood in the media. After all, Cholos didn’t exactly build a reputation by being so nice. The only thing that is missing in the media is the backstory of what happens before and after the gang life. When I’m on videos, all I want is for people to see the person behind the tattoos.

M: You’ve also talked before about how when you were younger, you saw gang members as role models, people to look up to. What would you tell young Latinos now who are feeling the same way?

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S: When I was a kid in the early ’90s, I would notice the Cholos hanging out in the streets. To me, it was an intriguing sight to see. They would wear huge, creased-up pants and had shaved heads. My dad despised them, but I thought they were the coolest thing ever. I looked up to them– they seemed tough and respectful, something I wouldn’t mind being.

Now, I would tell Latino kids of today to create their own path and not follow in anyone’s footsteps. If I was growing up [now] and saw what Cholos are like, I would have never joined a gang.

M: Do you consider yourself a role-model? Why or why not? What does being a role model mean to you?

S: I’ve been told that I’m someone’s role model by quite a few people. I’m still trying to get used to hearing that, but it definitely motivates me to keep pushing forward. A role model to me is someone that leads by example. I’m proof of that. “Si se puede”!

M: The short film “Hermanos” has been a massive success with over 10 million views on Youtube. How did you get involved with “Hermanos”? What do you think about its success?

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S: It’s almost as if I was destined to be in the film “Hermanos.” I helped bring this film to life alongside a young director, Timur Bootzin, and a great cast filled with family and friends. The success of the film “Hermanos” doesn’t necessarily come from the 10 million views on YouTube, if the film helped save at least one life then that’s all the success we need.

M: What are some Latino performers you look up to?

S: In all honesty, I only look up to myself now.

M: What exciting things do you have planned for your next career move and your future as an influencer?

S: I’m always working on new and exciting projects, but I prefer to let my work speak for itself. Besides, real Cholos move in silence. Stay posted!

READ: VIDEO: Cholos Try Vegan Snacks Part II