Maybe Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro was trying to be funny when he broadcast a politicized version of the hit song “Despacito” on his Sunday program. But the result was definitely not very funny.
Not only did the artists who recorded the song, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, immediately condemn the new version, but the popular Cuban-American comedians Los Pichy Boys replied with their own version, poking fun at the president.
The Pichy Boys’ remix tells Maduro that Venezuelans do not want him because “he has stolen everything, little by little.”
The version Maduro broadcast Sunday has the same catchy rhythm as Despacito but different words. “My dear brother, here I am, singing to you. I have a big message for you … the call for a Constitutional Assembly that’s trying to unite the country,” the lyrics say.
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Using the hashtag SOSVenezuela, the Puerto Rico-born Fonsi complained that he was not consulted and did not authorize “the use or change of words of Despacito for political purposes, much less amid the deplorable situation in Venezuela, a country I love so much.”
Fonsi said that he usually enjoys the different versions of his popular song, but there’s a limit.
“My music is for all those who want to listen to it and enjoy it, not for use as propaganda to manipulate the wishes of a people who are demanding their freedom,” he added.
Hours later Daddy Yankee went on Instagram to condemn Maduro’s version, describing him as someone “who has stolen life from so many young dreamers and from a people that only wants a better future.”
This is not the first time that the Pichy Boys criticize Maduro. Their video in April tells Maduro to “listen to your people, you dimwit,” and follows up with a list of typical insults from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Cuba.