Twitter Is At War Over Whether "Despacito" Is Better With Or Without Justin Bieber

by Laura Rizzo
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"Despacito" has been the hottest song of the summer, hands down. You can't escape this jam. Despite not speaking Spanish, Justin Bieber helped elevate the status of "Despacito" in the United States. Now, people are wishing he would back off.

Twitter has some strong opinions about "Despacito" without Justin Bieber — they're digging it.

Some people are polite about it.

Others are a bit more... opinionated.

People are definitely into the original version.

But without the Biebs, would most of us have discovered the song?

The point is, "Despacito" was great before Bieber.

The original version has over 2 million views on YouTube.

Twitter has spoken, and we hear their opinion loud and clear.

Since Justin Bieber messed up the "Despacito" lyrics during a live performance, fans have not been so forgiving. Luis Fonsi responded to Rolling Stone about the controversial concert. He said,

That chorus is not easy to sing, even for fluent Spanish singers like myself. It's got a lot of lyrics, it's kind of tongue-twisty.

Reportedly, "Despacito" was Bieber's first time singing in Spanish. Fonsi continued,

I've done songs in other languages, I know how hard it is.

In addition to Fonsi, Mauricio Rengifo, one of the "Despacito" producers, also came to Bieber's defense. In an interview with Billboard, Rengifo responded to the criticism Bieber was receiving, saying,

I really feel that the fact that he made an effort to sing the song in Spanish is a sign of respect toward our culture and our language. If he didn't care, he wouldn't have done it in Spanish ... Anyone who is successful will be criticized, and that helps the songs gain traction. But [Justin] respects Spanish so much that he recorded in Spanish. And that has to be respected.

Whether you prefer the OG version of "Despacito" or you're down with the Biebs, you have to admit -- it's a damn good song.