Venezuelan President Remixes "Despacito" to Raise Support for His Proposed Dictatorship

Camille Rivera
July 26, 2017

Muslim-majority Malaysia has stopped playing the sexually charged song "Despacito" on public broadcast stations, a senior minister said Thursday after critics labelled it un-Islamic.

"Despacito", which means "very slowly" in Spanish, is a song very popular since its release in January.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro premiered a remix of the song by Puerto Rican duo Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Sunday, transforming the record-setting single about a slow, romantic seduction into a campaign jingle for his contested constitution rewrite.

The Constituent Assembly Mr Maduro wants to establish would have power to rewrite the country's constitution and bypass the opposition-controlled legislature.

Maduro is calling for a July 30th vote to elect a Constituent Assembly.

Salleh Said Keruak, communications and multimedia minister, told AFP that his ministry received numerous complaints over the steamy lyrics of the reggaeton beat song that has won worldwide popularity.

"My music is for everyone to listen to and enjoy, not to be used as propaganda that intends to manipulate the will of a people who are screaming for their liberty and a better future", Fonsi said in a message posted to Instagram.

"What can you expect?" he wrote, "Of a person who has stolen so many lives from young dreamers".

The 39-year-old musician said he was not consulted by Maduro and that he had not given his permission for the song's use.

"That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela", he wrote.

"Your dictatorial regime is a joke, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but for the entire world".

Maduro and his leftwing government have been strongly criticised by several big Latin American nations, including Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, for pushing on with the plan to change Venezuela's constitution.

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