Colombian superstar Jay Balvin apologizes for his controversial music video for his song “Pera”, which shows him walking two black women with ribbons.
Jay Balvin collaborated with Dominican rapper Tokischer for the song. The video, which was removed from YouTube, was criticized for its image of Jay Balvin pulling two black women with ribbons and Tokisha posing around inside a dog house.
According to NBC News, Jay Balvin issued an apology via his Instagram story: “I want to apologize to anyone who has been offended, especially to the black female community.”
“It’s not me. I have always expressed tolerance, love and inclusion. I also like to support new artists, in this case Tokicha, a woman who supports her people, her community and empowers women.
Jay Balvin said he removed the video last Sunday “as a form of honor” and explained that he apologized in response to the ongoing criticism.
Tokicha said in an interview with Rolling Stone that the music video, directed by Remy Pallas, was “conceptual” and to emphasize the lyrics of the song.
“If you, as a creative, do a song that talks about dogs, you’re going to create that world,” he said. “I understand people’s explanations and I’m really sorry that people felt upset. But at the same time, art is expression. It’s creating a world. “
Pallas added that the music video was “never intended to promote racism or abuse.”
In an open letter earlier this month, Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez apologized to Balvin after calling the song’s visuals “sexist, racist, machinist and misogynistic.”
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