- Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ricky Martin, Bad Bunny,Benicio del Toro, and Luis Fonsi are some of the artists who have called for the resignation of Puerto Rico’s now-former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
- This comes after a nearly 900-page document revealed that Rosselló and other members of the administration made homophobic and sexist remarks about other officials, organisations, and celebrities. They also made jokes about the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
- It even detailed efforts to, among other things, operate a “troll network” to discredit criticism from opposition leaders.
- After almost two weeks of protests, Rosselló announced he would step down via Facebook Live on Thursday.
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Celebrities joined forces to call for the resignation of Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
The movement came after a nearly 900-page document was published by the non-profit journalism group Centro de Periodismo Investigativo on July 13.
In it, it’s revealed that Rosselló and other officials sent messages laced with homophobic, sexist, and threatening remarks in a group chat. They also made jokes about the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, which resulted in a death toll of more than 1,400.
It even details efforts to manipulate the public’s perception of the administration via the media and operate a “troll network” to discredit criticism from opposition leaders, according to El Nuevo Día.
After almost two weeks full of demonstrations – which ranged from traditional marches to yoga, kayaking, and even a dance party in San Juan – Rosselló announced via a Facebook Live on Thursday that he would step down on Aug. 2.
He’s the first governor in Puerto Rico’s history to do so.
See how 31 artists used their platforms to call for his resignation and bring awareness to the matter.
Ricky Martin was one of the celebrities mentioned in the group chat’s messages. He recently shared a petition that demanded Rosselló’s resignation.
The petition has garnered more than 250,000 signatures.
Martin attended the march in San Juan on July 17, which began at El Capitolio (the legislature building) and ended at La Fortaleza (the governor’s official residence).
Thousands of people marched alongside him and other celebrities.
Martin was one of the first to call for Rosselló’s resignation after the group chat contents were leaked.
One official made homophobic remarks about Martin, and called him a “male chauvinist.”
“This is NOT the government that was promised to us in the political campaign that led Rosselló to the governorship,” he wrote in a tweet in Spanish. “Not living up to our expectations, that is the biggest disappointment. Governor, your insults and your teasing show us who you really are.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda joined a demonstration at New York City’s Union Square on July 17.
The “Hamilton” creator retweeted several messages about the leaked chat and added the hashtag #RenunciaRossello (which translates into #ResignRossello).
He tweeted that although he can’t make it to Puerto Rico in time for the protest on July 17, he’d join another demonstration in New York City.
“This is not a moment, it’s a movement,” Miranda wrote in the tweet. “Never seen coraje (anger) turn so quickly into coraje (courage) … In solidarity with [Puerto Rico flag emoji] en las buenas y en las malas [translation: in the bad and the good].”
Residente, one of the founders of the rap group Calle 13, has released a new song with Bad Bunny and iLe hours before the protest on July 17.
Residente, whose name is René Juan Pérez Joglar, is also one of the first artists to implore the people of Puerto Rico to march in protest of Rosselló.
His new song is titled “Afilando los Cuchillos” or “Sharpening Knives.”
“Pardon my expressions but like Ricky I’m only letting go of my tensions,” Residente rapped in Spanish, referencing Rosselló’s response to the leaked document in which he said it was meant to “free up tension.”
Rapper Bad Bunny took to Instagram on July 16 to announce that he’s pausing his “X100PRE” European tour to fly to Puerto Rico.
The “Mia” rapper made a nine-minute-long video to tell fans that he would be on a plane for eight hours from Ibiza to Puerto Rico to be at the demonstration.
He added that they shouldn’t be afraid to join the march as well.
“The system for years, for decades has taught us to remain silent,” Bad Bunny said. “They have manipulated everything, opinions, the press, the media, etc. and they have directed us to keep quiet. And they have made us believe that those who go out to complain are crazy, they’re criminals, they’re troublemakers… This is the time for all those people who maybe haven’t dared go out on the streets before to protest something – that maybe they felt that feeling, that maybe they said ‘c— I would like to go out on the street but if this happens, if they say this’… That can not exist. Everyone has the right. “
Musician iLe took to Twitter to comment on the demonstrations that took place in Puerto Rico on July 16. She was also present at the march on July 17.
iLe, whose full name is Ileana Mercedes Cabra Joglar, is a member of Calle 13 and Residente’s sister.
“Yesterday Puerto Rico showed its calibre with its indignation and its strength,” she wrote in Spanish in a tweet. “The people are upset and Ricardo Rossello is confident that he will continue to get away with it once more as a conceited child, but we are not going to allow that plan. #Resign”
Rapper and actor Princess Nokia said she stands “in solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico and the resignation of Ricardo Rosselló” in her Instagram Story.
The “Brujas” rapper shared images, videos, and stories about what’s going on in Puerto Rico in her Instagram Story on July 16.
She added in one of them, “The leaks are honestly the best thing that could have happened. After years of corrupt government policies and soulless administration, the indictments ARE COMING!”
Wisin, one of the members of the reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel, shared a photo of himself wrapped in the Puerto Rican flag along with a lengthy caption that he capped off with “#RickyRenuncia” (#RickyResign).
“Come on BORICUA the day has come to raise our voice for change, that the priority be our people, our seniors, the future for our children, our education,” he wrote in Spanish in the caption. “Let’s do the right thing by PUERTO RICO in a peaceful and responsible manner.”
He tagged Rosselló and added, “The people made a decision. It’s time to give the people what they want.”
Singer-songwriter Nicky Jam shared a photo to his Instagram with the words, “Puerto Rico has spoken: Governor Rosselló has to go.”
The Grammy award-winner captioned the post with “Fuera #fuerarickyya [Puerto Rico flag emoji].”
Translation: “Out #OutRickyNow.”
Singer-songwriter Kany García took to Instagram on July 16 to share a video in which she called for Rosselló’s resignation.
“We are outraged, we have deep pain in our chests to know that they have administered so badly this country that we love so much, this country that has given us so much,” García said in Spanish in her short clip. “That is why we’re demanding that Ricardo Rosselló give us his resignation.”
Luis Fonsi took to Instagram to post a photo of himself holding a large Puerto Rican flag. In his lengthy caption, he acknowledged that although he respects everyone’s different ideals, it’s “impossible” to keep quiet after seeing the “mocking” messages by the administration.
“Corruption and theft without measure to the education of our children, the health of the people as well as the plundering of our institutions and values is an unforgivable act,” Fonsi wrote in the caption. “Rosselló, think about the country and our island first before any other consideration and immediately resign, make a peaceful transition, avoid more suffering and global shame to our people.”
Benicio del Toro joined the march in San Juan on July 17.
According to NBC, the Emmy-nominated actor said, “I’m here in support of the people of Puerto Rico.”
Actress and TV host Karla Monroig also marched at the protest in Puerto Rico on July 17.
She took to Instagram and shared a photo of one of her tweets along with a caption in which she invited others to join in the demonstration.
“We can protest peacefully,” Monroig wrote in Spanish in the caption. “There are many families that will say present. Time to demonstrate not only to the governor but to ALL the politicians (mayors, senators, representatives) that when the people give them their trust, and they betray it, they will deal with the consequences (remove them from their posts).”
Monroig’s husband, singer-songwriter Tommy Torres, was with her during the march on July 17. He also shared a short song directed to Rosselló on July 16.
“Dear Ricky, I am writing this letter to you,” Torres sang in Spanish in the short video. “I do not know if you have understood things well. The people are so disappointed, the right thing would be to step aside. There is no turning back. Don’t you see it on the people’s faces, there is no trust left for you to govern.”
Rapper PJ Sin Suela released a song on Monday calling for Rosselló’s resignation. He was also present at the march in San Juan on July 17.
The song is titled “P—,” aka one of the profane words the governor used toward women in the chat.
“There are no more buts, there are no more apologies that are worthy, we are doing this until we take you out or you get out,” Sin Suela rapped in Spanish.
La India, the Grammy award-winning salsa singer, said that she stands with the people demanding for Rosselló’s resignation.
In an interview with El Vocero on Juy 17, La India spoke about the protests that have taken place in San Juan since the chat leaked.
“My heart is with all the residents of Old San Juan because we have lived a nightmare in recent days. I saw an indignant people, tired of so many things,” she said. “The governor’s message saying that he will not resign was what made the people lose faith. I saw everything.”
The “Seduceme” singer also shared a video to her Instagram on July 17 of her singing atop a balcony during the march in San Juan.
When Daddy Yankee accepted one of his awards at the Premios Juventud on July 18, he took the time to call for Rosselló’s resignation during his speech.
The reggaetónero said he would again be the voice of Puerto Rico’s people and ask for the governor’s resignation.
“Puerto Rico is tired of the corruption, the abuse and the lies,” Yankee said in Spanish. “The department of education is broken, we need to fix the system, please. Let’s continue to protest with courage but with intelligence. Demand your rights but with intelligence. Peacefully and without fear, we are hurt but we are brave. Let’s move forward Puerto Rico.”
YouTuber and singer Daniel El Travieso opened the Premios Juventud and showed off a hoodie with the words “Ricky Renuncia” (“Ricky Resign”) at the end.
El Travieso also addressed Rosselló when accepting an award for best “LOL.”
“Papito, when you’re with a girlfriend and the girlfriend does not want to be with you, you’re supposed to leave,” he said in Spanish. “Please Ricky, from the heart, stop making us suffer. From human to human, from young to adult, stop making us suffer.”
Singer-songwriter Pedro Capó wore a t-shirt with an image of Gov. Rosselló and the words “Ricky Renuncia” (“Ricky Resign”) on it.
Capó also performed “Con Calma,” his hit song with Farruko and Lali Espósito, and capped it off with a call to his fellow Puerto Ricans.
“The people have spoken, it’s time for Rosselló to obey,” Capó said in Spanish. “The abuse is over, the calm is over. Puerto Rico stand up. Ricky resign.”
Up-and-coming rappers Lunay and Guaynaa also called for Rosselló to step down at the Premios Juventud.
Guaynaa, known for his reggaetón hit “Rebota,” wore a t-shirt with the words “Ricky Rosselló Renuncia” (“Ricky Rosselló Resign”) while performing with Rauw Alejandro, Daddy Yankee, and Lunay.
Lunay, whose known for his own reggaetón hit “Soltera,” told El Nuevo Día after the ceremony on July 18 that he simply has two words for the governor: “Ricky resign.”
“Because we simply gave you an opportunity and you did not know how to take advantage of it,” Lunay said in Spanish. “The people granted you our family, our homes, our economic and emotional well-being and you have not known how to value it. The people do not want peace because peace we already have among all of us, the people want Ricky to leave.”
Rappers Anuel AA and Farruko took the time to address Rosselló after their joint performance at the Premios Juventud.
After their performance of “Delincuente” (which translates to “Delinquent”), which is about their time spent in jail, Farruko gave a brief but impactful speech.
He said that maybe they “aren’t the best to give an example because we’ve made a lot of mistakes, but you know what, we’ve accepted our mistakes and we knew how to value ourselves.”
“I hope that the governor of Puerto Rico and all those who are there will do the same with the youth, because they haven’t done it,” Farruko continued in Spanish. “They have abused us and made fun of us. Have a little dignity, if you have any left, and give up and leave the town in peace. We need leaders and not people who steal from us. “
Anuel AA added, “Give a better example and [let’s have] less delinquents disguised as politicians.”
DJ Luian asked Rosselló to resign during his acceptance speech at the Premios Juventud.
After winning an award for the producer you know by shout-out along with Mambo Kingz, the DJ took his moment on the mic to make a call to his fellow Puerto Ricans.
“Puerto Rico, this is the moment to demonstrate that together we are more and that the good ones are more,” he said. “Ricky resign.”
Motivational speaker Daniel Habif wrote #RickyRenuncia (#RickyResign) on his forearm at the Premios Juventud.
He also gave a stirring speech during the ceremony in which he called for his fellow Latinx Americans to be brave and passionate.
Habif capped it off with “And Ricky, this goes for you, brother, resign.”
Marc Anthony took to Instagram on July 22 to call for Rosselló’s resignation. He also wrote in his caption, “Let’s show the world [who] we are. Orderly and Peacefully.”
The Grammy award-winning artist shared a photo of the Puerto Rican flag with a lengthy caption in Spanish and English.
“Today, after returning from some restful time, I am struck with the hard reality of what our people are living in Puerto Rico,” he wrote in his caption. “Your courage moves me. The images of Puerto Rico united in one voice to demand their rights, to denounce injustice and the insensibility of a government against their own people is an act of bravery and the greatest legacy we can leave as citizens of the world.”
He added the hashtags “#ConPuertoRiconosejuega!” (which translates into “you don’t mess with Puerto Rico”) and “#rickyrenuncia” (“#RickyResign”).
Musician Tito El Bambino shared a video reacting to Rosselló’s recent announcement in which the governor said he would resign as president of the PNP political party and won’t seek re-election in 2020.
The “Mi Cama Huele a Ti” singer-songwriter said that after hearing Rosselló’s brief address on Facebook Live, he “very respectfully” asks him to step down and restore the peace to the people of Puerto Rico.
“The most valuable thing that life has taught me … you know what it’s called? Peace,” Bambino said in a short video in Spanish. “You will restore peace to all Puerto Ricans if you resign. This has nothing to do with politics or party colours. Please take your family into account, and give peace to the Puerto Ricans who need it.”
Luis Guzmán went on MSNBC on Sunday to talk about the protests that have taken place since July 14. He said that Rosselló is “an inept leader.”
While being interviewed by MSNBC’s Kendis Gibson, the “Traffic” actor said that people using their voices the way they have “is huge” for Puerto Rico.
“The fact that he made fun of all the deaths that happened there in Puerto Rico, the catastrophe that there was during Maria and after Maria, it just shows that he’s an inept leader,” Guzmán said.
He also spoke about the bigger political issues that the island’s experienced throughout history.
“What’s needed in Puerto Rico is a whole new political system, because the two parties that have dominated the governorship have proven to be corrupt,” he said. “They don’t have a vision for Puerto Rico, for the future of Puerto Rico, for the children of Puerto Rico, for the infrastructure of Puerto Rico.”
Guzmán added, “The only thing that governors in Puerto Rico do is, ‘let’s have a referendum on statehood.’ That is not progress.”
Olga Tañón was one of the many artists who marched during the national protest on Monday in Puerto Rico.
The Grammy award-winner also took to social media and shared a lengthy statement in which she expressed her thoughts about why this movement is different from any other in Puerto Rico’s history.
She wrote that it’s because the country “can’t resist another blow.”
“They failed us, they mocked, and that is why this town has withdrawn its mandate, that privilege granted, that trust,” she wrote in Spanish. “Know all those who have committed and/or participated in these acts, that their faces and names will never be forgotten.”
Tañón also made a call to her fellow Puerto Ricans to continue to hold the government accountable.
“I ask you please that these demonstrations be extended and also register to vote,” she wrote.
Artist and activist Ednita Nazario was one of the first artists to take to social media and call for peaceful protests. She joined artists like Martin, Residente, Bad Bunny, and Tañón during the national protest on July 22.
Nazario was one of the most active artists on social media.
When Rosselló announced his resignation on Thursday, she shared a photo of her and fellow artists on a truck surrounded by a sea of protesters and Puerto Rican flags.
“Because we are one when the cause is just and it belongs to all of us, today we live this historical moment,” she wrote in her caption in Spanish. “Nothing in this world will divert us from the route to the destination we deserve. We are a new country, brave, with civil awareness, an example of democracy in action!”
Actor and director Paco León shared a video in which he said he sends “big hugs and salutes to Puerto Rico” on the eve of the country’s national protest on July 22.
He called for Rosselló to listen to his people and resign in the short clip.
Singer-songwriter and actor Jencarlos Canela took to Instagram to express his support of the Puerto Rican people who were protesting Rosselló.
Canela wrote that Puerto Rico has a special place in his heart and felt “even more proud” and “in love” with the country.
“As an American Cuban with a Venezuelan family, I am tired of corrupt governments and dictators who do not allow my people to progress and reach their full potential,” he wrote in his caption in Spanish. “I will not allow the same thing to happen to a land that I feel like mine.”
Ken-Y, a member of the reggaetón duo RKM & Ken-Y, was at the dance-party themed protest on Thursday in San Juan.
The specific name for that protest was “perreo intenso,” which translates to an intense “perreo” (aka a risqué way to dance reggaetón with a partner that’s popular among the millennial Puerto Rican generation).
Ken-Y, who has a number of reggaetón hits including “Down,” also used social media to share his call for Rosselló to resign.
After the former governor announced his resignation that night, he shared a post on Instagram of him talking to a Univision reporter.
“Great day for our country!” he captioned his photo in Spanish. “God give us wisdom, guide our steps and renew our strength so that we can always walk together in peace. God bless Puerto Rico and the world!”
Artist Ivy Queen shared a photo of herself in front of the Puerto Rican flag accompanied by a lengthy caption a few days before Rosselló announced his resignation.
After the national protest on Monday, the “787” reggaetónera wrote in her Instagram caption that time has taught her “everything has a reason.”
“María prepared Puerto Rico to be the country that has thrown itself into the street all these days,” she wrote in her caption in Spanish. “With a shout that not only comes out of the bowels … but also comes from the Heart and the suffering that the whole island saw after the hurricane.”
She added that it was on Rosselló, the Senate and the House of Representatives to show a “true heroic act and genuine patriotism” without any partisanship.