The mayor of the Colombian city of Medellin demands an apology from 2 Puerto Rican pop stars, singer Victor Manuelle and singer / rapper Farruko, who are currently climbing the charts in Colombia with their hit ‘Amerte Duro’ which he claims is romanticizing the past of the Medellin drug cartel and their infamous leader Pablo Escobar.
The song includes the phrases "Where I let my eye fall, I put a bullet and never fail" and "What I feel for you is like the coca of Medellín, I am no Pablo [Escobar], but you know what I am talking about."
Anything talking about Escobar and drugs in the same sentence is quite understandable for the Colombian youth who grew up with movies like ‘Blow’ or the Netflix series Narcos in which the life of the famous Meddlin drug lord is shown as highly luxurious and easy.
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For this reason, Mayor Federico Gutiérrez has now written an open letter to the two stars, well known all over South America, to try and persuade them to change the song as it fails to mention the close to 20,000 deaths that the Medellin cartel was responsible for.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">Carta abierta a <a href="https://twitter.com/FarrukoOfficial?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FarrukoOfficial</a> y <a href="https://twitter.com/VictorManuelle?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@VictorManuelle</a> ! Ni la ilegalidad, ni el narcotráfico, ni la violencia contra la mujer es un juego. Respeto por Medellín. Como mínimo esperamos de ustedes una disculpa pública con nuestra ciudad y con las mujeres. <a href="https://t.co/bQgFRmfXp4">pic.twitter.com/bQgFRmfXp4</a></p>— Federico Gutiérrez (@FicoGutierrez) <a href="https://twitter.com/FicoGutierrez/status/992008400899837952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">3 May 2018</a></blockquote>
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Mr. Guttiérrez stated that many children in Colombia want to be "drug lords in their neighborhoods because of the TV series Narcos, shown on Netflix where Escobar is the hero and songs, like theirs, which glorify him. Don't underestimate the influence they have on younger generations.”
"They have no respect for our pain. This is a city which is trying to move forward, and the minimum they could do, in fact, is to respect it."
The infamous Mayor of Medellín complained about US rap artist Wiz Khalifa last month as he was shown laying flowers on Escobar's grave.