People Are Shook After Watching Residente And Rocky The Kid Argue About Domestic Violence
Did someone say machísmo is dead? During a radio bit, Residente and Rocky the Kid set out to discuss domestic violence against women, and as the conversation moved to social media, it devolved into threats of physical violence against each other. Brace yourselves. During a “Things You Didn’t Know” segment on Spanish radio program “El Despelote,” radio hosts Angelique “Burbu” Burgos and Roque “Rocky the Kid” José Gallart brought up a fun fact: The United Nations made Nov. 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Of course, this topic may feel close to home given that as many as 70 percent of women have experienced physical or sexual violence. To levy the heavy topic, Burbu asked her fellow radio hosts if they knew why the feminist movement identifies with the color purple.
They all said it was because of the color represents the color bruises leave on physically abused women, according to Primera Hora. Burbu clarified that it was because of the color blend of pink and blue, to signify equal rights.
Social media astrologer and influencer Mariela “Mela” Pabón sounded the alarms in a now-deleted tweet.
In the tweet, she called Rocky the Kid a “charlatán,” and called on the stars (in the sky) to “conspire so that this country has a future without you on the radio and television.” The tweet went viral, and it wasn’t until hours later that she realized Rocky the Kid wasn’t the first to say the feminist movement was represented by the color of a bruise. It was fellow radio host El Giga. She deleted the tweet and followed up with an apology tweet.
“Dear ones, I deleted the tweet because I want to be responsible with information,” she later tweeted in Spanish. “I listened to the complete audio and it is heard that it was not Rocky, but Giga who says it and the others speak that they thought the same. I heard it out of context and it is obvious that if heard alone, it shocks.” She went on to emphasize that, “we are in critical moments regarding gender violence in PR and these issues are sensitive. I will always denounce machismo wherever it comes from, but dialogue is also necessary to understand these issues. Therefore, I apologize.”
Still, her initial tweet set off a wave of angry responses, including from Residente.
While Residente responded to her initial, now-deleted tweet, he continued the conversation online to tweet, “What is scary is not the comment [about the bruises] but the people who defend the insensitivity in it. Normalizing this behavior encourages violence against women to be natural. You have to be an animal not to understand this!”
Later, he would take to Instagram to share an IGTV rant on the topic while the information was still not clarified. In the IGTV video, he passionately denounced Rocky The Kid (though later we learn that it was El Giga who thought up the bruise correlation), and called on the SBS radio station to take action. Residente captioned the video “Today we recognize the day against the violence done to women. my message is clear, we do not want more violence done by men to women. I’m sure that a network like SBS will do the right thing.”
Rocky the Kid responded to Residente’s passionate plea by calling him a “dangerous” person and accusing him of being an abuser.
You still with me on this novela? This is supposed to be about women, and here we are talking about men. Rocky the Kid had beef that Residente didn’t pull a Mela and take back his comments against Rocky the Kid. So, the next day, Rocky the Kid had his daily radio platform and used it to call Residente an impulsive, “even dangerous” person, claiming that Residente even has the “face of an abuser.” Rocky even threatened physical violence, “You’re going to slap me, but you’ll lose your nose.” Que que? Machísmo is alive and well, mi gente. Residente responded to say, “Stop defending these brutes and get yours. Imagine that your mother or grandmothers went through this and understand that you can not allow such comments.”
El Giga has not tweeted any response. Mela, however, tweeted, “I still think that the media are full of macharranerías and hope that this yields more responsible conversations of this topic in public forums. I will do the same to corroborate the info well before reacting impulsively.” She later screenshotted her tweets to her Instagram story to tell her followers that this was the last she will speak of it.