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Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Reggaeton Fans React To Aleks Syntek’s Comments On The Genre

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Mexican pop singer Aleks Syntek (you might remember him from that mid-2000s track “Duele el Amor”) is causing a stir once again for his comments about reggaeton and urban music. This time reggaeton stars and fans are not letting his comments slide.

Aleks Syntek posted a follow-up to the saga, and it’s clearly a dig at reggaeton artists.

“Even among poets and crazies there are codes of ethics, and if you use vulgarity and misogyny as the hook for success without thinking about the common good, then you don’t deserve respect.”

The string of uploads started with an Instagram story about his displeasure of hearing reggaeton during the day.

Syntek was having breakfast at the airport and was not okay with seeing the song’s accompanying music video on during daylight hours.

Please, keep the pornographic club music for the club, not for public spaces at 10 a.m. My children will thank you.”

Reggaeton artists such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny, and Arcangel,  as well as fans of the genre, took to social media to shut down the shade.

J Balvin responded to the critiques by tagging Syntek on his Instagram Story, saying Syntek needed a hug.

Bad Bunny also became a part of the conversation by posting a video with a young fan rapping alongside him at a concert.

He captioned the post, “A good father isn’t one who prohibits his children from listening to today’s music. A good father is one who, regardless of what music his son listens to, educates him to be a good person. Who has the heart to deny this moment to this kid?”

In a now-deleted Instagram post, Arcangel said he is a Syntek fan but asked what’s bugging the pop artist so much.

His lengthy post said through this genre, many families are living their dreams. Arcangel continued by saying reggaeton artists bring joy to the general public and their own families. He added that many artists come from a place where society expects them to become criminals.

He ended the post by saying Syntek’s music may be good, but due to his constant attacks on the reggaeton genre and culture, he can see that Syntek is a “trash human being.”

Some trap and reggaeton fans took to Twitter and Instagram as well to express their discontent with Syntek’s comments.

That is almost as bad as telling someone that you are disappointed in them.

Some were telling him to delete and chill.


One user reminded Syntek of the genre’s roots.

The user also pointed out that his fight was also a fight against the music of the African diaspora, and that reggaeton’s roots came from youth who felt marginalized on the fringes of society.

Following the backlash from fans and artists, Syntek posted follow-up posts to clarify his comments.

“I’m simply asking that the content of that entertainment be regulated, which is not suitable for children in public places and is in appropriate at times,” Syntek wrote. “My suggestion was directed at the people responsible, not the people creating the music.”

This has not been the first time Syntek has criticized reggaeton. In an interview last year, he called the genre pornographic music with lyrics about misogyny and that that “music comes from apes.” 

READ: Dave Grohl Thought He Discovered A New Rhythm But Someone Reminded Him Reggaeton Did It First

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Here's What Customs And Border Protection Is Now Saying About The Death Of An Undocumented Woman In Texas

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Here’s What Customs And Border Protection Is Now Saying About The Death Of An Undocumented Woman In Texas

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On May 23, a young undocumented woman was shot and killed by a border patrol agent in Rio Bravo, Texas. According to a statement provided to mitú by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agent in question was attempting to apprehend a group of undocumented people when he allegedly was assaulted.

“He came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said in a written statement. “The agent fired at least one round from his service issued firearm, fatally wounding one of the assailants. The rest of the group fled the scene. Border Patrol Agents called for EMS and administered first aid until the Rio Bravo Fire Department arrived.”

However, by May 28, CBP had revised their statement to the media. According to Houston Chronicle, CBP changed their statement that the group targeted was throwing blunt objects at the officers. The agency now says the group refused to get down to the ground and rushed them. The young woman killed, Claudia Patricia Gómez González, is now described as “one member of the group” instead of “one of the assailants.”

Witnesses at the scene say the victim was a young girl.

(Rio Bravo,Tx) LIVE in Rio Bravo….Where earlier today at around noon a Border Patrol agent shot an undocumented female age around 16 to 24 in the head with a single gunshot.At this time FBI,Texas Rangers have taken over the case and are investigating the facts to what led the officer to shut and kill this female.

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In the video above, a witness named Marta started recording as soon as they heard the shots. She said the young girl was with a couple of men and none of them had any kind of weapon. She also says that they were all visibly scared. By the time the witness came to the scene, the young girl was already dead and had blood all over her.

The woman has been identified as 20-year-old Claudia Patricia Gómez González from Guatemala.

The witness says that while the border patrol agents were being rude to her, telling her she couldn’t be recording and was destroying evidence in the crime scene, the FBI agents were kind to the people in the surrounding area. The woman also speculates that all of the undocumented people were between the ages of 16 and 24.

She says that the agent told the men, after he had shot the girl, “see what happens.” She also said she only heard one gun shot.

CBP officials claim that three undocumented men were arrested on the scene. The FBI and Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

According to a study published in the Guardian, the U.S. government paid more than $60 million in settlements between 2005 and 2017 over deaths, injuries and wrongful detentions involving Border Patrol agents.

READ: Two Women In Montana Were Approached By A Border Patrol Agent While At A Gas Station For Speaking Spanish

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