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J Balvin has issued an apology for a song video in which he depicted Black people, particularly women, as animals — specifically, dogs — who were physically on all fours.
The Colombian reggaetón artist came to Instagram to apologize for the contentious video for his song “Perra,” which he collaborated on with Dominican rapper Tokischa, who is also of African ancestry. The song is about Tokischa, who is a dog in heat… and looking for a male to bang.
The video would, of course, be inflammatory… However, it appears like Balvin and his team went all-in on the canine concept, with many of their dancers/background actors donning animal-style makeup, with many of these people of color being made to look like actual pups.
Not only that, but some of the Black people are caged at times, and Tokischa is shown in a dog home and eating from a bowl throughout the movie… The sight of J Balvin walking a pair of Black ladies on leashes is the most stunning.
Several people have criticized the proposal, but perhaps the most vocal was Colombia’s Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucia Ramirez, who called it sexist, misogynistic, and downright racist. Balvin took it down after all of the backlash.
Balvin apologizes in his video to everyone who was upset, especially women, particularly Black women. He claims he didn’t mean it to be taken as derogatory, and that he was only attempting to assist an up-and-coming performer in the Dominican Republic shine.
Balvin says his music has always been about tolerance, love, and diversity, and he felt compelled to come on and address it on camera after hearing how it affected others.
At one point, the guy even apologizes to his own mother… so you can tell he’s serious about it. The official audio is still available, even though the video has been taken from YouTube.
Duplicates of the video can also be found online… where some of these stills can be seen in their entirety.