The singer J Balvin apologized Sunday after he was criticized over the controversial music video for his music “Perra,” which confirmed him tugging at two Black ladies on leashes.
The visuals for “Perra,” which options the Dominican rapper Tokischa and was directed by Raymi Paulus, was taken down from YouTube on Oct. 17, Billboard reported. Balvin could possibly be seen within the video strolling two Black ladies on leashes. Tokischa was additionally seen posing inside a doghouse on all fours.
In a collection of Instagram tales, Balvin, whose full title is José Alvaro Osorio Balvin, stated: “I wish to apologize to whomever felt offended, particularly to the Black ladies neighborhood.”
The Colombian star continued: “That’s not who I’m. I’ve at all times expressed tolerance, love and inclusivity. I additionally prefer to help new artists, on this case Tokischa, a girl who helps her folks, her neighborhood and likewise empowers ladies.”
Balvin stated that he eliminated the video “as a type of respect” and that he was apologizing due to the criticism.
Balvin, Tokischa and Paulus didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark Monday.
Tokischa advised Rolling Stone in an interview revealed Sunday that the video was “conceptual” and that it meant to emphasise the wordplay within the monitor.
“For those who, as a inventive, have a music that’s speaking about canines, you’re going to create that world,” she stated. “I perceive the interpretation folks had and I’m really sorry that folks felt offended. However on the identical time, artwork is expression. It’s making a world.”
Paulus advised Rolling Stone that the video was “by no means aimed to advertise racism or misogyny.”
He added: “The Dominican Republic is a rustic the place many of the inhabitants is Black and our Blackness is predominant in underground scenes, the place the filming came about, and which was the topic of the video’s inspiration. ‘Perra’ was a video filmed within the neighborhood, with folks from the neighborhood, and the usage of folks of shade in ‘Perra’ was nothing greater than the participation of our folks in it.”
Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez stated the video’s visuals had been “sexist, racist, machista, and misogynistic” in an open letter revealed Oct. 11.
“Perra” premiered Sept. 10 and was featured on Balvin’s album “José,” which earned him his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard Prime Latin Albums chart.