The most controversial music videos of all time

J Balvin apologizes for controversial 'Perra' video following complaints of racist and sexist imagery

Stars Insider

26/10/21 | StarsInsider

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Some things are still off-limits when it comes to music videos. Many artists have pushed boundaries, and as a result, some have been heavily criticized by the media and the public, while others even had their music videos banned or temporarily removed from broadcast.

Columbian star J Balvin recently apologized to fans for his 'Perra' music video after it was taken down following complaints of racist and sexist imagery. Namely, the video showed Balvin walking two Black women on leashes, while other Black actors wore prosthetics to resemble dogs—which was supposed to be on-theme since "perra" is the Spanish word for a female dog, or a "b—h." 

A week after the video was pulled, Balvin spoke out on Instagram on October 24: "I want to say sorry to whomever felt offended, especially to the Black community," the vocalist explained in Spanish, as per E! News. "That's not who I am. I'm about tolerance, love and inclusivity."

The song features Dominican artist Tokischa, a Black woman, who Balvin also referenced in his apology: "I also like to support new artists, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community and also empowers women."  In an interview with Rolling Stone published on October 24, Tokischa apologized for the video, while she noted that the imagery was a "conceptual" decision.

The video had even compelled Columbia's vice president and chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez to write an open letter, published on October 11, stating that the song was "sexist, racist, chauvinist and misogynistic." 

"Mom, I'm sorry too," Balvin added in the video, referencing his own mother's previous statement which condemned the visual. "Life gets better each day. Thank you for listening to me," he concluded.

Curious to know which other music videos ruffled more than just a few feathers? Click through to find out more.

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