This week, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Erika Ender, a co-writer for “Despacito,” all protested the use of their hit song for being remixed as political propaganda. The creators of the song made it specifically clear that they didn’t want the song to be used for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s political purposes. The country, which is struggling economically, has gone through several protests that have claimed the lives of over 100 people.
The song, which has remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks running, was recently used by Venezuelan President Maduro to push his political agenda.
— Thomas van Linge (@arabthomness) July 25, 2017
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Not only is the song stomping over its initial jovial message of love, it also sounds pretty awful.
Luis Fonsi made his discontent clear, posting this message about the song being used for political manipulation.
In this post from his Instagram this week, Luis Fonsi, denounced the use of his song for political gain, especially in the case of Venezuela which, as he says, is screaming for its freedom.
“I have repeatedly said how much I enjoy the versions that have come out of ‘Despacito’ worldwide, however I think there should be a limit.
At no time have I been consulted, nor have I authorized the use or change of lyrics of ‘Despacito’ for political purposes, much less amid the deplorable situation in a country that I love as much as #Venezuela.
My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, not to use it as propaganda that tries to manipulate the will of a people who are crying out for their freedom and a better future. #SosVenezuela #ImWithVenezuela”
Daddy Yankee didn’t mince words, saying exactly how he felt about Maduro.
¿Qué se puede esperar? de una persona que le ha robado tantas vidas a jóvenes soñadores y a un pueblo que lo que busca es un mejor futuro para sus hijos. Que te apropies ilegalmente de una canción (Despacito), no se compara con el crimen que cometes y has cometido en Venezuela. Es una burla, no tan solo para mis hermanos venezolanos, sino para el mundo entero su régimen dictatorial. Con ese nefasto plan de mercadeo, usted solo continuará poniendo en evidencia su ideal fascista, que ha matado a cientos de héroes y más de 2000 heridos. Como co-autor del tema, también me uno a las expresiones de la co-autora de la canción "Despacito" @erikaender. #NoAprobado #BastaYa #venezuelalibre 🇻🇪
Yankee called Maduro out as a dictator and criminal and joined in on his co-author’s sentiments.
“What can you expect? Of a person who has stolen so many lives from young dreamers, and of people who all they are looking for is a better future for their children. That you illegally appropriated a song (Despacito), does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela. It is a mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but for the whole world your dictatorial regime. With that nefarious marketing plan, you will only continue to highlight your fascist ideals, which have killed hundreds of heroes and injured more than 2,000. As co-author of the song, I also join the expressions of the co-author of the song “Despacito” @ErikaEnder #NotApproved #EnoughAlready #FreeVenezuela 🇻🇪”
Erika Ender, co-author of the song, was also vocal about Maduro’s use of the song.
NO ESTOY DE ACUERDO CON ESTO. No puedo ver tanto dolor en gente a la que quiero tanto. Gente guerrera, gente con voluntad de hierro… Gente buena, que no deja de luchar por la libertad de derechos y de expresión… Amo Venezuela, tierra que me ha dado verdaderos hermanos de corazón. Hermanos que sufren por la situación que existe. Ver que una canción, en la que tengo co-autoría, se utilice sin permiso para publicitar campañas vinculadas a un régimen que tiene descontento y sufriendo a un país, lejos de alegrarme, me indigna y NO APRUEBO que se utilice. #ErikaEnder
Co-author Erika Ender made an impassioned statement, disavowing the use of the song as a tool for the regime.
“I DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS. I can not see so much pain in people I love so much. Warrior people, people with iron will… Good people, who are fighting for freedom of rights and expression… I love Venezuela, a land that has given me true brothers in my heart. Brothers who suffer because of the situation that exists. Seeing that a song, which I have co-authorship of, is being used without permission to advertise campaigns linked to a regime that has a country unhappy and suffering, and far from rejoicing, I am indignant and I DO NOT APPROVE its use. #ErikaEnder”
Maduro’s version of the song is to promote Maduro calling for a July 30th vote to elect a Constituent Assembly, which the opposition is already planning on demonstrating against in protests which are expected to turn again turn violent.
An unfortunate turn for a song about dancing, the beach, and love.
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