Latin rapper and global superstar, Bad Bunny, definitely isn’t afraid to make a statement during his performances. At the recently concluded MTV Video Music Awards, the singer performed his hit song, “Titi Me Pregunto,” via telecast. At some point between singing and dancing, Bad Bunny shared a kiss with two of his backup dancers, a male, and a female.
The Puerto Rican rapper, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, has consistently challenged the toxic masculinity culture in the Latin community. Bad Bunny wore a drag outfit in one of his music videos, which caused outrage.
In his cover story interview with GQ, the rapper said that he never intended for his music to reach such a global audience. He maintained that he has always made music for Puerto Ricans and that the world is just a bonus.
Read on to find out more.
Bad Bunny Kissed His Dancers
At the MTV Video Music Awards, which was held on Sunday, Bad Bunny performed his hit song, “Titi Me Pregunto.” During the performance which was telecast all the way from New York, he leaned over to his right and kissed one of his female backup dancers and then leaned to the other side to share a kiss with one of the male backup dancers.
The kisses surprised guests and Bad Bunny fans worldwide, who had tuned in for the performance. Pictures and videos of the moment quickly trended alongside the rapper’s name on social media.
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Bad Bunny’s statement performance was just after he won the VMA artist of the year award, beating out Harry Styles, Drake, Lizzo, Ed Sheeran, Jack Harlow, and Lil Nas X. The 28-year-old made history that night as he’s now the first non-English language musician to win the award.
He Challenges Toxic Masculinity With His Daring Style
Bad Bunny is famous for his amazing music but also for his constant disregard for the status quo by challenging the toxic masculinity culture in the Latin community. Through his music and fashion, he has tried severally to dismantle the culture and pushed for better treatment for women and the LGBTQ+ community.
During a 2020 cover story interview with Playboy magazine, Bad Bunny said, “I think that sex is a giant world, and everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities. In the end, we are human beings. Everybody feels, everybody falls in love with whoever they’re meant to.”
Bad Bunny Spoke About His Fashion And Style
In March 2020, Bad Bunny trended worldwide when he released the video for his song, “Yo Perreo Sola.” In the video, the rapper dressed in drag outfits, a style that is not generally accepted in the Latin community.
During his GQ cover story interview in May, Bad Bunny spoke about his evolving personal style and said that he has no rulebook regarding fashion. He said, “It depends on my state of mind. Everybody has to feel comfortable with what they are and how they feel. Like, what defines a man, what defines being masculine, what defines being feminine? I really can’t give clothes gender.”
The “Moscow Mule” singer added, “To me, a dress is a dress. If I wear a dress, would it stop being a woman’s dress? Or vice versa? Like, no. It’s a dress, and that’s it. It’s not a man’s, it’s not a woman’s. It’s a dress.”
Bad Bunny Said He Makes Music For The Latin Community
During the GQ interview, Bad Bunny also revealed that when he started making music, it wasn’t for the music charts or worldwide fame and success but for his people. He explained that his career growth and fame happened organically.
Bad Bunny said, “I was never on a mission to be like, ‘Oh, this is what I’m going to do.’ It happened organically. Like, I’ve never made a song saying, ‘This is going to go worldwide.’ I never made a song thinking, ‘Man, this is for the world. This is to capture the gringo audience.’ Never.”
He also explained that his music is directly targeted at Puerto Ricans; the world is just a bonus. He said, “On the contrary, I make songs as if only Puerto Ricans were going to listen to them. I still think I’m there making music, and it’s for Puerto Ricans. I forget the entire world listens to me.”