Controversial Perra music video : J Balvin apologizes for 'Perra' video controversy

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 Controversial Perra music video : J Balvin apologized after he was criticised over the controversial music video of his song "Perra," in which he was shown tugging at two Black women on leashes.



The video for "Perra," which features Dominican rapper Tokischa and was directed by Raymi Paulus, was taken down from YouTube on Oct. 17, Billboard reported. Two Black women were seen on leashes being walked by Balvin. In addition, Tokischa was spotted on all fours inside a doghouse.

The singer, whose full name is José Alvaro Osorio Balvin, apologized to anyone offended, especially the Black women community, in a series of Instagram stories.

I support new artists as well, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community, and also empowers women. "That is not who I am. I have always expressed tolerance, love, and inclusivity.

Balvin said he removed the video "as a gesture of respect" and apologized for the criticism.

Requests for comment from Balvin, Tokischa and Paulus were not immediately returned Monday.

In an interview published Sunday, Tokischa told Rolling Stone that the video was "conceptual" and meant to emphasize the wordplay in the track.

"If a song talks about dogs, you're going to create a world around that," she said. "I understand the interpretation people had, and I apologize for any offence caused. But at the same time, art is expression. It's creating a world."

Rolling Stone reported that Paulus did not intend to promote racism or misogyny with the video.

The Dominican Republic is a country with a majority Black population, and our Blackness is predominant in underground scenes, where the video was filmed, and which served as inspiration for the piece. 'Perra' was a video filmed in the neighborhood, with people from the neighborhood. Filming it here was nothing more than our people participating in it.

The Vice President of Colombia, Marta Lucia Ram*rez, said the video's visuals were "sexist, racist, machista, and misogynistic" in an open letter published Oct. 11.

"Bitch" premiered Sept. 10 and is featured on Balvin's album "José," which earned him his fourth Billboard No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart.

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