Latin artist Bad Bunny proved himself to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community during a performance of “Ignorantes” on episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The native Puerto Rican wore a skirt during the performance of his song with Sech and around three minutes in, he opened up his blazer to reveal a shirt that reads, “Mataron a Alexa, no a un hombre con falda,” which translates to, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.”
The statement was not only a tribute to the slain trans woman — Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, better known as Alexa Negrón Luciano — but also appeared to be a direct criticism of the Puerto Rican police officers who reported that “a man dressed in a black skirt” had been killed.
On Monday, Alexa was shot dead hours after police were called on her for using the women’s restroom at a McDonald’s.
Cops purportedly received reports of someone “peeping” on people using the restrooms; however they found no proof, and the complainant didn’t try to press charges after learning Alexa was homeless.
San Juan-based LGBTQ activist Pedro Julio Serrano condemned the attack as a hate crime, but also criticized the police for exacerbating the problem by misgendering Alexa, after they reported that “a man dressed in a black skirt” had been killed.
“The terrible murder of a trans woman, revealed in a video where she is stalked and hunted, is nothing more than a hate crime motivated by intolerance,” he said.
“We must denounce the hate speech of the fundamentalist groups that have promoted a climate where they prosecute and persecute a trans person for the mere fact of using a bathroom.”
As Remezcla points out, Bad Bunny is at the height of his career and has a lot of influence in Puerto Rico as well as the rest of the world, so his allyship speaks volumes.
“With machismo, homophobia, and transphobia still rampant in Latinx culture—and so many others—Benito opted to, again, speak against systemic discrimination,” they wrote. “And he did this while wearing a skirt.”