AceShowbiz - J Balvin has apologized after he was slammed over his "Perra" music video. Taking to his social media account, the "Mi Gente" hitmaker issued an apology for portraying black women in a humiliating and disrespectful way.
"I want to say sorry to whoever felt offended, especially to the Black community," the 36-year-old musician said in a video he shared on his Instagram Story on Sunday, October 24. "That's not who I am. I'm about tolerance, love and inclusivity."
Elsewhere in the clip, Balvin said, "I also like to support new artists, in this case, Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community and also empowers women." He then apologized directly to his mother, thanking her for listening to him.
Balvin further explained that he removed the video as "a form of respect." He went on to admit that he felt the need to make a statement since fans were still concerned after the video was taken down from his official YouTube channel on October 17.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Tokischa attempted to justify the video's visuals. She said, "It was very conceptual. If you, as a creative, have a song that's talking about dogs, you're going to create that world."
Raymi Paulus, who directed the video, also addressed the controversy in a statement shared with the publication. "The Dominican Republic is a country where most of the population is Black and our Blackness is predominant in underground scenes, where the filming took place, and which was the subject of the video's inspiration," he said.
" 'Perra' was a video filmed in the neighborhood, with people from the neighborhood," Paulus continued. He added, "The use of people of color in 'Perra' was nothing more than the participation of our people in it."
"Perra", which means b***h or female dog, was produced in collaboration with Tokischa. In the music video, the Dominican-born raptress and the other three women's faces were made to look like dogs. They then posed on all fours inside a doghouse.
The clip later prompted outrage over misogynoir, an oversexualized depiction of black women. On the track, Balvin and Tokischa also compared looking for sex to the way canines do. Tokischa's verses include the lyrics, "I'm like a dog in heat/ Looking for a dog to hit it."