Bad Bunny pushes gender norms

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Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper. He was born on March 10, 1994, in Almirante, Puerto Rico. During his musical career, he has expressed gender fluidity, women empowerment, and advocates for the queer community.

On Thursday, February 27, Bad Bunny performed “Ignorantes” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. His performance was full of energy that people loved but one thing they didn’t pay much attention to was his shirt. For this performance, Bad Bunny wore a long black skirt and a pink jacket. During the performance, he took the jacket off to show off his shirt which stated “Mataron a Alexa, no a un hombre con falda.” This translates to “They killed Alex not a man in a skirt.” He paid tribute to a transgender woman named Alexa Negrón Luciano who was killed in Puerto Rico on February 23rd. She was homeless but well known on social media. She was killed in San Juan as part of a homophobic attack. The attacker posted a video where the woman was getting shot while the attacker laughed. Her case has not yet been categorized as a hate crime by the police of San Juan.

This isn’t the only time Bad Bunny has shown gender fluidity, such as in a new music video for his song “Yo Perro Sola.” Bad Bunny is dressed in full drag empowering women’s rights. The song is about women having the right to dance alone if they want to. At the end of the music video, the screen shows text that states, “Si no quire bailar contigo, respeta, ella perrea sola,” which translates to “If she doesn’t want to dance with you, respect her, she dances alone.”

These two actions he has chosen to make show his thoughts on gender fluidity and how he pushes gender boundaries.

By Gisell Hernandez (Staff Writer)