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Bad Bunny's Powerful Message as Advocate For Trans Woman Who Was Murdered

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By Amina Taylor-Joy

Rico Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio is a reggae singer from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who is successfully known as his stage name Bad Bunny. Bad Bunny was a lyrical genius from a very young age. While Bad Bunny worked at a grocery store, he wrote music that he would later release on Sound Cloud. Bad Bunny’s talent was eventually recognized by DJ Luian, who signed him to his record label. Bad Bunny has had a successful budding music career. One of his accessible records with Cardi B, “I like it,” hit charts by like a storm.

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The artist also released the smooth record “Mia,” featuring Drake. Other popular songs by the Bad Bunny include Vete, Soltera, and Que Pretendes. All of these great songs were released in 2019. Fans were loving this artist and his new style. Bad Bunny took the reggae genre by the bullhorns, he even performed at the most recent Super Bowl, with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The reggae artists’ new song has just been released today. Music fans have been excited to sway their hips to his latest rhythm.

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In interviews, Bad Bunny told eager fans that the new album is sure to have an entirely different vibe. With the up and coming release of his new album, Bad Bunny took the time to engage himself in the media. Just recently, he appeared on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’ While on the show, Bad Bunny performed a few of his penned songs. During his time on the show, Bad Bunny paid tribute to the life of Neulisa Luciano Ruiz. Ruiz was a 27-year-old transgender woman in Puerto Rico who was killed earlier this month.

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Bad Bunny’s tribute was even more power in conjunction with his attire. He wore a skirt and a sweatshirt that said “Mataron a Alexa. No a un hombre con falda.”. Translated in English, this means, “They killed Alexa. Not a man in a skirt.” Users on social media pointed out the connection between the message on Bad Bunny’s sweater and the slain woman. The woman was identified as a man dressed as a woman by major news outlets. Bad Bunny took to explain that the trans woman was indeed a woman and how her death was not only rude but also disrespectful.


Bad Bunny’s appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” let fans and commenters stewing. Some fans applauded Bad Bunny’s message. However, other people felt that this was a celebrity marketing ploy or just an excuse for the artist to put the attention on himself. One commenter explains that in the end, it is not about getting praise for speaking out. It is about amplifying the voices of the oppressed. It is about making a difference. It is about motivating change and persuading community involvement.

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