J Balvin Apologizes for Having Black Ladies on Leashes in New Music Video

"Mom, I'm sorry too. Life gets better each day. Thank you for listening to me."

Credit: J Balvin/Instagram

After being accused of racism and misogyny by the public, J Balvin apologized for the depiction of Black women on leashes in his "Perra" music video!

In September, the controversial single, which is on the "José" album, was released with rapper Tokischa. The music video was directed by Raymi Paulus and shows J Balvin controlling a pair of Black women on leashes.

Among the other participants in the video are Black people wearing dog-like prosthetics and masks, while Tokischa poses in a dog house. As soon as the video was released, fans, politicians, and even the singer's mother expressed objections to the way it represented black women as dogs.

After J Balvin, who has experimented with a variety of musical genres in his work, apologized on October 24, he revealed he had removed the video from YouTube, and only the audio-video is available now.

"I want to say sorry to whoever felt offended, especially to the Black community," the hitmaker explained in Spanish. "That's not who I am. I'm about tolerance, love, and inclusivity."

He added, "I also like to support new artists, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community, and also empowers women."

"As a form of respect, I removed the video eight days ago," J Balvin continued. "But because the criticism continued, I'm here making a statement. Mom, I'm sorry too. Life gets better each day. Thank you for listening to me."

J Balvin is known as the "Prince of Reggaeton" and is one of the most successful Latin musicians. Throughout his career, the musician has won several awards, including Latin American Music Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.

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