Artist J Balvin apologized on Sunday after being criticized for the controversial music video for his song “Perra”, which showed him tugging two black women on a leash.
The accompanying visuals for “Perra”, which stars Dominican rapper Tokishca, were produced by Raymi Paulus and removed from YouTube last Sunday, Billboard reported. At one point during the clip, Balvin could be seen walking two black women on a leash. Tokishca is also seen posing inside a doghouse on all fours.
In a series of Instagram stories, Balvin, real name José Alvaro Osorio Balvin, said, “I want to apologize to anyone who feels offended, especially the black women’s community.”
The Colombian star continued, “It’s not who I am. I have always expressed tolerance, love and inclusion. I also love supporting new artists, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports its people, its community and which also empowers women. “
The artist said he deleted the video last Sunday “out of respect” and explained that he was apologizing for the ongoing criticism.
Balvin, Tokishca and director Paulus did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment on Monday.
Sunday, Tokischa said Rolling stone in an interview that the clip was “conceptual” and aimed to emphasize the pun in the track.
“If you, as a creative, have a song about dogs, you’re going to create this world,” she said. “I understand the interpretation people got and I’m so sorry people felt offended. But at the same time, art is expression, it creates a world.
Paulus also told the publication that the clip was “never intended to promote racism or misogyny.”
He added, “The Dominican Republic is a country where the majority of the population is black and our darkness is predominant in the underground scenes, where the filming took place, and which was the inspiration for the video. “Perra” was a video shot in the neighborhood, with people from the neighborhood, and the use of people of color in “Perra” was nothing more than the participation of our people in it. “
Balvin’s apology came after Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez called the song’s visuals “sexist, racist, macho and misogynist” in a open letter published on October 11.
“Perra” premiered on September 10 and was featured on Balvin’s album, “José,” which earned him his fourth n ° 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.