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The Governor Of Puerto Rico Was Caught In A Chat Using Grotesque Homophobic And Sexist Language And The Entire Island Is Calling Him To Resign In Massive Protests

Over the last week, Puerto Rico has been hit with multiple political scandals that have motivated thousands of people on the island and in the diaspora to protest. Puerto Ricans are calling for the resignation of its governor, its fiscal control board and, for a growing sum, its colonial ties to the United States. A lot of the unrest stems from recent private messages released that showed the governor using offensive language against women, the LGBTQ+ community, and Hurricane Maria Victims.

Puerto Rico is being rocked with a growing political scandal.

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On Wednesday, the FBI arrested former Education Secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Angela Avila-Marrero, businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velazquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on 32 counts of fraud and related charges.

The streets were filled with people demanding that the governor resign facing corruptions and damning messages leaked to the public.

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The corruption scheme, which ushered federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors, involves $15.5 million in federal funding between 2017 and 2019. Of that, 13 million was spent by the Department of Education during Keleher’s time as secretary. During her two-year term, Keleher, an Italian-American educational leader from Philadelphia, was criticized by the people of Puerto Rico for closing down hundreds of schools and implementing the island’s first charter school. The additional $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Avila was the director.

The governor was caught in a chat using grotesque homophobic and sexist language.

Just days later, on Saturday, the island experienced another political blow: Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published 889 pages of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s private Telegram chat. The secret messages, between him and several of his aides, included profanity-laced, and at times misogynistic, homophobic and violent, comments and memes about several high-profile women politicians, celebrities, the press and even the victims of Hurricane María.

Puerto Rico-born former New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is one person the governor attacked.

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“All of my solidarity with my friend @CarmenYulinCruz for the unacceptable attacks by @ricardorossello,” Mark-Viverito tweeted. “The women are not ‘b*tches’ nor ‘sons of b*tches,’ we are fighting, courageous, and dignified human beings who contribute to society. Stop the machismo!”

In one chat, Rosselló calls Mark-Viverito a “puta” for criticizing DNC Chair Tom Perez, who was siding with statehood Democrats like Rosselló, who is the leader of the Statehood party in Puerto Rico. In another, the governor’s former chief financial officer Christian Sobrino said of San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who is running for Puerto Rico governor in the 2020 elections, that he was “dying to shoot her up.” Rosselló replied: “You’d be doing me a big favor.”

Mark-Viverito, who now heads the Latino Victory Project, released a statement in response to the governor’s violent sexism.

“The governor’s machismo was exposed,” she said in Spanish. “When a male chauvinist wants to belittle a woman, he uses words like “whore” to belittle, dehumanize and degrade her. A person who uses that language against a woman, whether a public figure or not, should not govern Puerto Rico.”

The conversations also included transphobic remarks about transgender and gender nonconforming protestors and homophobic comments about Ricky Martin.

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“It is shameful and unacceptable and it isn’t resolved with an apology,” Martin tweeted. “This is not the government we need. This is not the Puerto Rico that our grandparents and parents built and even less [the Puerto Rico] we want to leave to our children.”

One associate wrote, “Nothing says patriarchal oppression like Ricky Martin. He is such a male chauvinist that he f–ks men because women don’t measure up. Pure patriarchy.”

Probably the most stomach-churning exchange in the leaked chat was Sobrino joking about the backlog of dead bodies after the devastating 2017 storm. 

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“Now that we are on the subject, don’t we have some cadavers to feed our crows? Clearly, they need attention,” he wrote, likely referencing journalists and the administration’s critics, who long questioned Rosselló’s assertion that the hurricane claimed only 64 lives. A Harvard study later put the death toll at 4,645. 

The impropriety, which has been nicknamed #TelegramGate, has been likened to the Watergate scandal, which rocked President Nixon’s administration in the 1970s and ultimately led to his resignation.  

“For Puerto Ricans, this has been basically our Watergate,” Caribbean scholar Yarimar Bonilla, who writes about post-Hurricane Maria recovery, told CBS News. “The government is distracted thinking about its image, worrying about how they’re being represented in the press instead of attending to matters of the recovery.”

While two members of Rosselló’s cabinet have offered their resignations, the people are similarly calling on Rosselló to step down.

For several days, thousands of protestors have taken over the streets of Old San Juan, packing the cobblestone lane in front of La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, demanding that he immediately give up his seat. On Monday, the mostly-peaceful action turned violent when police officers tear-gassed crowds, injuring dozens and arresting five protestors. The streets were ablaze, but the people, enlivened, stayed chanting that they were not afraid. 

They’re not alone. Celebrities like Ricky Martin, Residente, Kany Garcia, Jon Z and more have taken to social media calling on the governor to resign. Meanwhile, rapper PJ Sin Suela released a heated track called PUTA, referencing Rosselló’s misogynistic comments, about political corruption on the island, and Bad Bunny announced on Instagram that he would be leaving Europe, where he is touring, to fly to Puerto Rico and march with the people on Wednesday.

Bad Bunny posted a video as a call to action for all Puerto Ricans to march and demonstrate.

Across the U.S., Puerto Ricans of the diaspora have also united, with protests in New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, and more scheduled for Tuesday in Miami and Orlando, where a majority of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane María found refuge.

Despite the massive calls, on Tuesday morning, Rosselló, who has apologized for his “improper acts” and attended an Evangelical church where pastors prayed over him, insisted that he would not resign.

“I have not committed an illegal act and I have not committed an act of corruption,” he said during a press conference. “I committed some improper acts and I asked forgiveness for that.”

The governor also noted that the prime reason he would not resign is that he “was elected by the people” — despite many of those Puerto Ricans now begging for his removal.

Read: Two Racist Florida Women Are Caught On Video Telling A Puerto Rican Man To ‘Go Back To Mexico’ If He Wants To Speak Spanish

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Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist In The World For 2020

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Bad Bunny Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist In The World For 2020

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Bad Bunny has quickly become one of the most beloved artists in the world. The Puerto Rican artist’s career has skyrocketed over the past couple of years and there is no slowing him down. Spotify’s 2020 wrap showed that Bad Bunny is indeed one of the most popular artists in the world.

Bad Bunny’s music is taking over the world and there is proof.

The singer is Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2020 according to the platform’s yearly round-up. Last year Bad Bunny was the fifth most-streamed artist in the world so this was definitely a bigger and better year for San Benito.

Bad Bunny is not the only Latino at the top of the Spotify streaming charts. J Balvin came in at third place giving Latin music more recognition as one of the most popular genres.

Bad Bunny also come in wit Spotify’s most stream album of the year.

“YHLQMDLG” is Bad Bunny’s second studio album and it has been a quantifiable success. The album reached No. 1 in the U.S. on the Independent Albums Billboard, Top Latin Albums Billboard, and Latin Rhythm Albums Billboard charts.

Last year, Camila Cabello represented for the Latinas. The Cuban-Mexican-American pop star was all over the Spotify charts. Namely, Cabello was the fourth most-streamed female artist and “Señorita,” her collab with Shawn Mendes, was the most streamed song on Spotify for 2019.

Bad Bunny kept himself super relevant while in quarantine because his social media game is strong.

Bad Bunny kept his music coming while in quarantine. The Puerto Rican super star kept making things happen. He even created a quarantine anthem that he recorded with his significant other. Who could forget when “En Casita” hit Soundcloud? It was Bad Bunny’s way fo make quarantine worth it and trying to make sure that everyone did what they need to do to get past this pandemic.

Latin music’s popularity is growing fast around the world.

Artists like Bad Bunny, Karol G, and J Balvin are taking the Latin sounds and taking them international. More and more people are tuning in to the songs that make our own communities bump. With the way things are going, Latin music’s world takeover is not going to stop anytime soon.

READ: Bad Bunny Gives Us His Third Album Of The Year And Fans Worry He’s About To Retire From Music

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Bad Bunny Gives Us His Third Album Of The Year And Fans Worry He’s About To Retire From Music

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Bad Bunny Gives Us His Third Album Of The Year And Fans Worry He’s About To Retire From Music

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Although so many of us were left to celebrate Thanksgiving without friends and families this year, we can all agree that we have at least one thing to be grateful for: Bad Bunny’s third album of 2020.

Despite all the odds imposed against us thanks to a global health crisis, Bad Bunny has made 2020 his year. He’s now released three complete albums along with several solo tracks and has even started work on his acting debut in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico.

And although we’re grateful for this new album – which has some serious bops on it – many aren’t exactly celebrating the release. Many fear that this may be his last album, as rumors swirl that San Benito is going into retirement.

Bad Bunny surprise released his third album of 2020: El Último Tour Del Mundo.

Bad Bunny is setting fire to 2020 with album after album and hit after hit – and all of it despite much of the world’s attention being on the Coronavirus pandemic. Despite all the odds, our San Benito has released three albums, including his most recent one, El Último Tour del Mundo, which dropped on Thanksgiving.

The artist took to social media to announce the new album, which debuted at midnight on Thanksgiving. In addition to his recent hit, “Dakiti,” with Jhay Cortez, the album also features collaborations with Rosalía and ABRA.

El Último Tour del Mundo follows the March release of YHLQMDLG, which made history as the highest-charting Spanish language album ever, and his surprise follow-up in May, Las Que No Iban a Salir. 

Along with new music, Bad Bunny also blessed us with an incredible video for the album’s lead single.

The album came out at midnight Thanksgiving morning and racked up millions of views within hours of its release. But Bad Bunny wasn’t done surprising us yet.

Following a day full of Thanksgiving festivities, Benito also dropped a star-studded music video for the debut single from the album, “Yo Visto Así.”

The video features appearances from Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara, Ryan Garcia, Karol G, Luka Sabbat and more, as Bad Bunny sings about the fact that he he’s going to dress however he wants to, no matter how anybody else feels about it. Now that’s an anthem I can get behind!

But many on social media are worried that this could be the reggaetonero’s final album.

Of course, fans of El Conejo Malo were quick to celebrate the new album. In fact, two tracks from the album (“Dákiti” and “La Noche de Anoche”) are already two of the top 10 most streamed songs on Spotify. But others became suspicious given the album’s name, El Último Tour del Mundo. It caused speculation among fans wondering if he was planning on retiring.

Fans are worried that the album might actually live up to its title and signal Bad Bunny’s early retirement. Although he hasn’t yet confirmed or denied the rumors, the truth is that the reggaetonero is already working on new music with Rosalía, so we still have at least a bit more music to look forward to.

There’s speculation that the music giant wants to spend more time to focus on his acting career, especially now that it’s been announced he’ll be making his acting debut in Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico.

It all stems back to a track from Yo Hago Lo Que Me De La Gana.

On “<3,” the final track from Yo Hago Lo Que Me De La Gana,  Bad Bunny  promised fans he would release another album in 9 months–and he did exactly that. 

“Y en nueve mese‘ vuelvo y saco otro / Pa‘ retirarme tranquilo como Miguel Cotto,” Bunny said on the project he released back in February, promising both another release in November and also, his retirement. 

Now that he’s made good on the first promise, it remains to be seen as to whether or not he will follow through on the second half. Hopefully, that’s not the case.

There’s even rumors that El Conejo might be leaving music – at least temporarily – to focus on politics.

Aside from subtle hints dropped by Bad Bunny himself and a flurry of rumors from concerned fans, a prestigious Cuban clairvoyant has also come forward with her own predictions on the future of Bad Bunny.

Mhoni Vidente, a Cuban fortune teller, has said that Bad Bunny will retire from music to devote himself to politics: “About Bad Bunny I see that in the future he will be president of Puerto Rico, governor, that he is going to be in politics and that he is going to bring a new era in political matters to all his people in the United States and Puerto Rico.”

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