YouTube Removed This Mexican Singer’s Music Video After People Criticized It For Promoting Violence Against Women
Regional Mexican music star Gerardo Ortiz is feeling the sting of a social media backlash over one of his most popular songs — and it’s not a narcocorrido. The music video for his hit song “Fuiste Mia” was recently removed by YouTube and Vevo after receiving criticism for promoting violence against women.
The controversy was sparked by the violent video for “Fuiste Mia.”
In the video, Ortiz catches his girlfriend cheating on him with another man, so he pulls out a gun, shoots the man and basically kidnaps his girlfriend. He ties her up, gropes her and eventually throws her into the trunk of a car before setting it on fire. All of this for a video titled “You Were Mine.”
Naturally, people were pissed. A person going by the name Ivan Jakes created an online petition asking YouTube to remove the video.
The petition says the video’s casual violence will make people feel like hurting women is a completely normal thing. An official from Mexico’s Department of Interior agreed, stating that the video “clearly invites violence against women, in addition to minimizing and normalizing this social scourge.” According to AFP, 47 percent of all women over the age of 15 have been the victims of sexual violence.
YouTube and Vevo listened, and the video was removed. It had racked up more than 25 million views before its removal.
Ortiz held a press conference to address the controversy, but he didn’t do himself any favors.
The 25-year-old was on the defensive from the start, telling reporters that viewers need to understand it was all fiction and no one was hurt. Ortiz said there’s plenty of violent, sexual content out there for people to consume, citing the narco telenovela “El Señor De Los Cielos” as an example. Ortiz, who was more focused on explaining his intentions, didn’t appear to grasp why there was a big outcry over the video. Instead, he spent much of his time defending a video where the “GOOD GUY” in his fictional story kills two people and sexually assaults a woman.
Watch the full press conference:
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