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Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee Are Pissed At Maduro For Use Of “Despacito”

It’s clear that the song of the summer is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s mega hit “Despacito”. That song is everywhere. I even heard it at my old Jewish doctor’s office. Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro thought he would capitalize on the popularity of the song and use it as his campaign anthem in his quest to change the Venezuelan constitution so he can stay in power. Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are having none of it. Fonsi Tweeted,

“Never was I consulted, nor did I authorize the use of change of lyrics of ‘Despacito’ for political use, much less in the middle of the deplorable situation that a country that I love so much, Venezuela, is living. My music is for everyone who wants to listen to it and enjoy it, it is 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.”

Daddy Yankee added,

“That you illegally appropriate a song (‘Despacito’) doesn’t compare to the crimes that your commit and that you’ve committed in Venezuela. His dictatorship is mockery, not only for my Venezuelan brothers, but to the whole world.”

This reminds me of when Ronald Reagan used Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A”, a song criticizing American involvement in Vietnam, as a campaign song. The Boss wasn’t having that either. Artists should really be consulted.

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