Columbian Politician Slams Shakira & Rihanna’s ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You’ Video
February 7, 2014
Shakira & Rihanna’s Video too hot for Columbia? According to CNN en Espanol; Bogota Councilman Marco Fidel Ramirez said the video should be banned from Colombian airwaves because the smoking and the touching in bed violate a law that prohibits broadcast material that damages the “moral integrity” of children.
“I found a video that evidently contains images that in my opinion are not useful for the emotional growth and development of youths,” Ramirez told CNN en Español on Wednesday. “I feel it promotes immorality,” “I think the message that Shakira is sending to the youth and children around the world is a message that sells a lifestyle and promotes a particular orientation, that in my opinion, does not reflect the views of most Colombians,” Ramirez said. “I think the message that Shakira is sending to the youth and children around the world is a message that sells a lifestyle and promotes a particular orientation, that in my opinion, does not reflect the views of most Colombians,”
The councilman wrote a letter to Shakira, appealing to her role as a mother and asking her to remove the video from the Internet and to consider retracting the song altogether.
Ramirez took his campaign to social media, distributing a flier on Facebook and Twitter that warns that the video promotes smoking and lesbianism. (In his letter to the singer, Ramirez explains that he believes that a “normal” family is comprised of a man and a woman and children).
His comments were met with critics who accused him of censorship, but others supported his stance, saying the video goes too far.
In Colombia, Shakira is more than a music star. She is an important advocate and philanthropist who has a foundation to help impoverished children in Colombia and has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
Ramirez calls himself a fan of Shakira, and argues that precisely because of her talent and fame, she doesn’t need sex to sell her albums.
She has a social responsibility, Ramirez said, to not repeat stereotypes of women in music.
Shakira has not responded to CNN requests for response to the politician’s claims.