After a weekend of questionable tweeting, Colombian singer Karol G issued an apology on Monday for a post many fans found on black lives matters especially tone-deaf.
The reggaeton musician, in response to the civil unrest over George Floyd’s death, tweeted a now-deleted photo of her black-and-white-coated dog with the caption (translated from Spanish to English): “The perfect example that Black and White TOGETHER look beautiful,” along with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
People quickly mocked her tweet, with one user writing, “Karol G really used her black and white dog to try and make a point about racial justice……..”
Karol G really used her black and white dog to try and make a point about racial justice…….. pic.twitter.com/sCzgKyyzsN
— m. (@wheresurthesis) June 1, 2020
On Monday, she released an apology in both English and Spanish.
“I was wrong and I apologize. I want to make clear that my intentions were right in the photo I posted earlier. I meant to say that racism is terrible and that I cannot begin to understand it,” she wrote. “These past few days have been hard and it’s extremely painful to see it continue to happen. IT NEEDS TO STOP. There is only one race and that is the human race. I recognize that the way I expressed myself was not right.”
The 29-year-old went on to say that she supports Black Lives Matter and the protests occurring across the U.S., and will strive to do better.
“I am still learning and taking active steps to help, aid, and evoke change and I continue educating myself to understand the experience,” the singer wrote.
— KAROL G (@karolg) June 1, 2020
Some people took issue with the message “there is only one race” in Karol G’s apology, and just the day before, she caught flak for a tweet claiming race didn’t exist.
“I don’t know who it occurred to divide society by ‘Race.’ You don’t have a white friend, a Black cousin, or a caucasian partner. You have a friend, a cousin, and a partner. F— that,” the translated message read.
No se a quien se le ocurrió dividir a la sociedad por “Razas” Usted no tiene un amigo blanco, un primo negro o un compañero caucásico. Usted tiene un amigo, un primo y un compañero. Fuck that 🖕🏽
— KAROL G (@karolg) May 30, 2020
One fan criticized the Latin artist in Spanish, responding that ignoring race “invalidates minorities’ historic fight for their rights.” Another, in English, said, “My people are losing their life BECAUSE of the color of their skin. you might not see color but racist do.”
Criticism over Karol G’s social media posts has been building for days. On Friday, she was slammed for tweeting a photo of herself relaxing on a boat amid the protests, captioning the post, “It’s all about living it. Today I’m happy”
Se trata de vivirla 🔥 Hoy estoy feliz pic.twitter.com/mYdQbf5Fqh
— KAROL G (@karolg) May 30, 2020
Some fans have also used Karol G’s missteps to highlight a perceived silence from other non-Black Latin musicians, especially reggaeton artists, over Black Lives Matter. Fans have called out popular artists like Bad Bunny, Maluma, J Balvin, Nicky Jam, and more, for their lack of response.
Most of the reggaetón artist have either stayed silent or posted stupid shit like Karol g very dissapointed in them. How can y’all not side with black people when y’all are making a living off a black created genere
— Che👑 (@__mariaramos) June 1, 2020
Has anyone else noticed that reggaetoneros are real quiet right now???? 👀👀👀👀👀 J Balvin? Anuel? Karol G? Nicky Jam? Maluma? Daddy Yankee??? Zion y Lennox? And more Where yall at? Sorry pero Bad Bunny? (I know you took a social media break but…..)
— Karla 💛 (@ohsokarlaa87) May 30, 2020