When Shakira released the music video to "Can't Remember to Forget You" — a seriously sultry song made super memorable with the help of Rihanna — it seemed like just another sexy display of two female artists working together.
But Councilman Marco Fidel Ramirez took issue with the steamy video, saying that its contents were "simply disgusting," an "unabashed glorification of lesbianism," and (the horror!) a promotion of tobacco usage. Because there aren't enough real issues to deal with in South America today.
Shakira apparently agreed that the Councilman's derision of her music video was a petty, poor usage of government time and opinion.
After Ramirez embarked on an online campaign to have Columbia's national television authority remove the vid from the airwaves (using the hashtag #PeligroVideoShakira, no less), Shakira responded to his homophobia and misuse of official resources.
While attending her Fundacion Pies Descalzos' (Barefoot Foundation) opening of a school in Cartagena that will benefit around 1,700 children (Ramirez take note: this is how you enact positive social change), Shakira dismissed his criticism:
"In a country like ours where there are so many needs: a health system that needs to be improved, an education system that needs to be expanded, employment that needs to be generated — for a councilman to use his voice and his time to talk about a video by an artist like me means we’re not doing too well councilman-wise, right?"
Couldn't agree with you more, Shaki. Ramirez has probably already realized that trash-talking via Twitter is much easier than actually helping the community that elected him.
H/T: Huffington Post, Top Photo Credit: WENN