J Balvin Will Not Perform At Miss USA Contest After Donald Trump’s Anti-Mexican Comments

Posted: Jun 25 2015, 8:45am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


J Balvin Will Not Perform at Miss USA Contest after Donald Trump’s Anti-Mexican Comments
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We are talking about our roots, our culture our values. His comments were not just about Mexicans, but all the Latins in general, says Colombian star

Colombian singer J Balvin took a firm stance against the hateful comments of Donald Trump about Latin American immigrants especially of Mexico.

Balvin was due to perform at the upcoming Miss USA contest, airing live on NBC July 12 but the singer has decided to pull out of the show in the wake of Donald Trump controversial remarks, which he made while announcing his presidential campaign for 2016 elections almost a week ago. Trump is also the co-owner of Miss Universe Organization.

“It was going to be my first performance on national television, “Balivn told in an interview with Billboard. “But we’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments were not just about Mexicans, but all Latins in general.”

Donald Trump announced his bid for presidency on June 16. In his very brief couple of minute speech, the first issue he highlighted was immigration, especially people coming from Mexico.

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems…When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re brining those problems with us. They’re brining drugs. They’re brining crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Trump’s speech became even more controversial when he added. “It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America and it’s coming probably – probably from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence.”

Balvin didn’t hear the speech right away and also didn’t know about Trump’s connection with Miss USA until one of his friends informed him.

After that, Balvin decided to withdraw from performance at the pageant. Though, he usually remains distant from political commentaries and statements and didn’t link music to it.

“I think music is to have fun. It’s for people to have a good time with. I’m no savior and I’m no Robin Hood, but in this case, I feel totally comfortable and responsible with my decision.”

As far as the importance of Mexico for Latin America is concerned, the 30-year old singer said.

“Mexico is a Latin Powerhouse. And Mexican’s they are known as hard workers. Here, in the U.S ., not everybody wants to do those kinds of jobs. I’ve live. I know what it feels like and what they go through and how families suffer. A comment like that is powerful.”

J Balvin, who is mostly recognized for his award-winning song “6 AM”, is also scheduled to perform in the opening ceremony of Special Olympic World Games, in Los Angeles next month. Steive Wonder, Eva Longoria, Cody Simpson, Jimmy Kimmel and former basketball player Yao Ming are also among the special guests of the ceremony.


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