Can a straight man become a queer icon in 2020, when sexuality, as well as gender meanings, are undergoing significant change? Rapper Bad Bunny has long supported LGBTQ causes, yet until now, he has never spoken out about his sexual orientation. So, many fans wonder, “Is Bad Bunny gay?”
1. Is Bad Bunny gay? “I am heterosexual, and I like women”, Bad Bunny confirms
In an interview with the LA Times, the Puerto Rican recording artist discussed the issue and said that, like many people in his generation, he perceives himself as fluid.
He continues, “But at the moment, I am heterosexual, and I like women,” in an interview with the LA Times.
One of the ablest stream artists worldwide, the 28-year-old rapper has long supported the LGBTQ community. He led demonstrations against the governor of Puerto Rico as well as his views on sexuality and gender identity. His videos have featured same-sex couples as well as transgender women. On social networks, he has commended women who don’t shave their body hair, named a nail salon that refused to serve him, and criticized reggaeton singer Don Omar for making homophobic remarks.
When his music video for “Caro” was released in January, numerous people speculated that Bad Bunny was coming out. In the clip, the rapper gets his nails done while observing a fashion show and then transforms into model Jazmyne Joy’s portrayal of a female version of himself. Later, when he returns, he kisses himself and another man.
Last week, the rapper paid tribute to Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman brutally killed in Puerto Rico, while performing “Ignorantes” to Sech on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
2. Bad Bunny – A queer icon
In addition to adopting a drag character in the music video for his song Yo Perreo Sola, the eccentric, gender-bending rapper received praise for talking out about the murder of a trans woman in Puerto Rico throughout a musical concert on US television.
Reggaeton’s crossover instant is being led by Bad Bunny, who performed at this year’s Super Bowl alongside Shakira and Jennifer Lopez and contributed to the number-one Cardi B song I Like It.
Only two months have passed since Yo Perreo Sola’s update. Additionally, Bunny’s sudden emergence as a “queer icon” begs why a straight person is again receiving excessive attention and praise for his advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ people. With over 200 million views, Yo Perreo Sola already ranks among Bunny’s most popular YouTube videos.
The term “queer icon” has long been used in jest to refer to non-LGBT allies. Queer men frequently use the phrase when referring to female pop stars.
Bunny is presented as engaging in activism that is on par with or even greater substantial than that of Latinx queer people. This positioning can be seen in numerous think pieces that celebrate Bunny’s “new masculinity” or just how he “bridges LGBTQ and Latinx identities,” as well as a latest LA Times profile in which Bunny affirmed he was straight and had a girlfriend. Still, it said, “It does not define me.”
It becomes clear that there is more money to be made by dressing up in the current queer activism than by actually living this and embodying it.
Millions of people have watched and listened to Bad Bunny’s music online because he adopted a queer style, arguably pushing him onto the mainstream where he wasn’t before. It’s beautiful to witness the dissemination and celebration of a message of a gentler, more exploratory kind of masculinity.