Puerto Rican artists including Bad Bunny, Ricky Martin, and Luis Fonsi have celebrated the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló. The Governor quit his position on Wednesday amid rising protests over sexist and homophobic comments he made in text messages to his advisors were made public.
Bad Bunny and Residente were among the leading public voices in the protests against Rosselló. Last week the pair shared “Afilando los Cuchillos,” a song accusing the disgraced politician of corruption and incompetence.
Reacting to the news that he had resigned, Bad Bunny wrote in Spanish: "Let use this strength that we have taken and fight for what is right! Let us keep removing the corrupted that abuse the people and build a better Puerto Rico! To the politicians you are a witness that the times where the people were blinded by your lies and manipulations has passed!!! Your time is running out!! Get to work for the country in an honest and committed way, or else you will feel our strength and fury!!! PUERTO RICO!!! I LOVE YOU!!! I am Mother fucking proud of you!!! Of us!!! I believe in my country! I believe in my generation! The generation of: YO NO ME DEJO!!!
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esperar 1 día entero para un video de 13 minutos en donde lo único importante del mismo fueron estos 18 segundos, wow 🤯✊🏻 PUERTO RICO!!! Unidos podemos lograr cosas mas grandes aun! Aprovechemos está fuerza que hemos tomado para luchar por lo justo!! Para seguir sacando a estos corruptos que abusan del pueblo!! Para construir un mejor Puerto Rico!! A LOS POLITICOS!! YA USTEDES HAN SIDO TESTIGO QUE LAS EPOCAS EN LAS QUE MANTENÍAN AL PUEBLO CIEGO CON SUS MENTIRAS Y MANIPULACIONES PASARÓN!! LES QUEDA MUY POCO!! PONGANSE A TRABAJAR POR EL PAÍS DE MANERA HONESTA Y COMPROMETIDA, O DE LO CONTRARIO SENTIRAN NUESTRA FUERZA Y FURIA!! PUERTO RICO!! LOS AMOOO!!! ESTOY BIEN CABRONAMENTE ORGULLOSO DE USTEDES!!! DE NOSOTROS!! CREO EN MI PAÍS! CREO EN MI GENERACIÓN! LA GENERACIÓN DEL: YO NO ME DEJO!!! ✊🏻🇵🇷🔥
Among those Rosselló had insulted in his private text messages was Ricky Martin. Rosselló and his top aides and Cabinet members were revealed to have joked about the singer's sexuality.
Writing in English on his Instagram, Martin said he was ready to look to the future now. "We won’t let anyone walk all over us again," he wrote. "We will be attentive, vigilant. There’s so much to do now. It is now we need to work more than ever. We succeeded today because we were united. For many decades Puerto Rico was divided. NOT ANY MORE. I am hopeful of our new generation that is instinctively moving things forward. And now, we turn the page."
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Puerto Rico we did it. And we did it in peace. With no guns, like Gandhi. We demanded respect and we were heard. Respect for our children, respect for our women, respect for the LGBT community, respect for our dead. This will never happen again. We won’t let anyone walk all over us again. We will be attentive, vigilant. There’s so much to do now. It is now we need to work more than ever. We succeeded today because we were united. For many decades Puerto Rico was divided. NOT ANY MORE. I am hopeful of our new generation that is instinctively moving things forward. And now, we turn the page. I see a very bright future. I now feel very calm as I celebrate. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. From anger to joy (I’ve cried like crazy). This has been a birth. We now can achieve anything we want. We are an example. No more corruption, no more trash. WE’VE RESCUED OUR ISLAND. And now, go out to the streets. GO AND CELEBRATE but please DO NOT DROP THE BALL. EYES WIDE OPEN FROM NOW ON. I want to thank the members of the press for keeping us informed. Thank you. Because of your outstanding job, the whole world listened. I am sure some “Leaders of the world” won’t be able to sleep tonight. I’m sure some are nervous. We’ve written a powerful page in history tonight. PUERTO RICO, ESTAMOS BIEN. Te amo. 🇵🇷🔥🇵🇷
Elsewhere Daddy Yankee simply wrote: "Today the dignity of a people was enforced. Let god shine on #puertorico on this new road." Luis Fonsi, meanwhile, opted for: "THIS IS HOW WE DO IT DOWN IN PUERTO RICO!!"
Check out those and more reactions from Puerto Rican artists below.