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Music video backlash

J Balvin sorry for walking two black women dressed as dogs

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2021 | 12:09 AM
In this November 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.
In this November 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Reggaeton star, J Balvin has apologised for his Perra music video. The 36-year-old entertainer has been widely criticised for the controversial video, which features him walking two black women on leashes, who are made up to look like dogs. And he has now taken to Instagram to issue an apology.

Balvin, whose track is a collaboration with Dominican rapper Tokischa, said on his Instagram Story: “That’s not who I am. I’m about tolerance, love and inclusivity. I also like to support new artistes, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community and also empowers women.”

Balvin also explained that he took the decision to remove the controversial video from YouTube. He said, “As a form of respect, I removed the video eight days ago. But, because the criticism continued, I’m here making a statement.”

Balvin offered an apology to his own mother, too. He said, “Mom, I’m sorry, too. Life gets better each day. Thank you for listening to me.”

Raymi Paulus, who directed the video, has discussed the controversial scenes in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Raymi told the publication: “I understand that there will never be a unanimous opinion about what constitutes art, but, for me, art not only communicates beauty and positivity – it also communicates the shortcomings of society, taboo subjects, and other ways of seeing reality that do not always align with the pop vision that dominates the current market.”

Elsewhere, Tokischa has apologised for offending people. However, she has also pointed out that “art is expression”.

In response to the backlash, the 25-year-old star said, “I understand the interpretation people had and I’m truly sorry that people felt offended. But, at the same time, art is expression. It’s creating a world.”

The reggaeton star joined forces with dancehall superstar, Sean Paul in 2019 to release a song and video titled Contra La Pared. It has amassed more than 228 million views.