• Malana Perkins

J Balvin Apologies To Black Women After They Were Portrayed As Dogs In His New “Perra” Music Video

Spanish rapper J Balvin has been catching a lot of heat since his music video “Perra” featuring Dominican rapper Tokischa came out last month. Apparently, the song was supposed to be about people being in “heat” like a dog and which shows why people, especially black women, were dressed as dogs in the video.

In the video, J Balvin is seen dog walking a couple of black women on leashes in which this struck many women to their core and ordered the music video to be taken down immediately. On October 11, Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez saw the video and wrote an open letter stating that this was discriminatory against women and Afro-descendants.

“In his video, the artist uses images of women and people from Afro-descendant groups—populations with special constitutional protection—whom he shows with dog ears,” the letter stated. “In addition, while walking, the singer carries two Afro-descendant women tied with neck chains and crawling on the floor like animals or slaves.”

However, the “Perra” music video director Raymi Paulus argues that it was taken out of context and that he’s an underground director with a vision of art that may not correlate with the current pop culture genre. In a state he said:

“Our creative process never aimed to promote racism or misogyny,” he continues. “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. ‘Perra’ was a video filmed 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.”

Currently, YouTube has taken down the video. However, people can still listen to the audio of the song “Perra” on Youtube as well as other accounts re-uploading the video with the part of J Balvin dog walking the women edited out. Balvin has also apologized to women and the black community on his personal Instagram story in regards to the video.