Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny is the hero we didn’t know we needed, an anomaly in Latin hip hop who is breaking boundaries, defying gender norms, and standing up for queer rights. So it should come as no surprise that the rapper, who recently broke Billboard records with his sophomore album YHLQMDLG back in February is gracing the cover of Rolling Stone to promote his third album Las Que No Iban a Salir, which he released on Mother’s Day.
In the article, the 26-year-old opens up about filming the video for “Yo Perreo Sola” (I Twerk Alone), saying he’s “never felt as masculine” as the day he dressed up looking like a cross between Chi Chi Rodriguez and Cardi B for the shoot.
What I particularly loved about the video is that it explores the issue of sexual harassment many women face when they just want to go out to the club and have a good time. Bad Bunny put himself in the shoes of a woman so that people could get an idea of what women go through.
“I wrote [the song] from the perspective of a woman,” the Puerto Rican trap artist says. “I wanted a woman to sing it, because it doesn’t mean the same thing when a man sings it. But I do feel like that woman sometimes.”
He continues, “I have always felt like there [was] a part of me that is very feminine. But I never felt as masculine as I did the day I dressed up like a drag queen.”
Another thing I have to say that I love about Benito (his government name), is that he does whatever he wants with his music and in his videos, and could give a shit what other people think, which he also addressed in the article when he was asked about the backlash: “I knew there were going to be comments saying, ‘F*ggot! Gay! Bad Bunny is over!’” Bad Bunny says, but “I did it to show support to those who need it. I may not be gay, but I’m a human who cares.”
He was also asked why he feels compelled to speak up for the queer and trans community, to which he replied, “I feel a big commitment to the community. Now that we are in quarantine, 108 cases of gender-based violence [have been reported] in Puerto Rico.”
“As a human being, violence against women affects me,” he continues, “So I am going to do what is within my reach to [work] against that. … My message shouldn’t be a feminist message. It’s a universal message.”
I should also point out that music isn’t Bad Bunny’s only passion. It’s just been reported that the musician is set to make his acting debut in the third season of Narcos: Mexico. Netflix hasn’t revealed whether or not Narcos has been renewed for another season, but according to Rolling Stone, the rapper had already shot scenes for the show before the pandemic hit.
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