A Guatemalan Congresswoman Tried to Ban Reggaeton Between the Hours of seven AM and 6 PM


Over 25 years after its inception, reggaeton continues to be as polemic and divisive as ever. Back in June, the Dominican Republic proposed a ban on a handful of urbano artists, together with hits by Puerto Rican traperos Bad Bunny and Bryant Myers. Now the style is dealing with scrutiny as soon as once more, this time in Guatemala.

Last week, Guatemalan congresswoman Eva Monte known as for a ban on reggaeton between the hours of seven a.m. to six p.m. The decision emerged as a part of one other legislative debate – a proposal to bar the Swedish black steel band Marduk from getting into the nation as a result of group’s “satanic” and “immoral” lyrics. According to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio, Monte really helpful the ban to name consideration to the hypocrisy of legislators outlawing a black steel band for its controversial lyrics, however doing nothing about reggaeton.

On Twitter she wrote, “If we’re going to ban this music, let’s begin by banning reggaeton. The lyrics of a variety of reggaeton songs additionally embody messages of infidelity and promiscuity. Why have non secular teams not rebelled towards this? Many dad and mom have allowed reggaeton to be performed of their houses and danced to it at instructional facilities. A bunch like Marduk shouldn’t scare anybody, if a worry of god already exists of their dwelling. The state is secular.”

On Wednesday, September 26, the Alianza Ciudadana occasion member put ahead a decision to limit the music from being performed throughout daytime hours, however solely acquired 21 votes (notably, the nation’s Congress did find yourself banning Marduk from getting into the nation earlier than their deliberate October 11 live performance). In an announcement to representatives, Monte known as for the ban as a result of style’s “excessive sexual content material and misogynistic messages that have an effect on kids, since they dance to it in school.”

This isn’t the primary time the style has sparked controversy within the nation; again in 2013, a faux decree banning the style from Guatemalan radio and TV made the rounds on social media (Just a few days after it unfold on-line, congressman Manuel Barquín introduced the decree was a hoax).

The dialog on reggaeton’s lyrics and illustration of girls has sparked debate for the reason that style’s inception all the way in which again within the 90s (heads will bear in mind Puerto Rico’s anti-crime initiative Mano Dura Contra el Crimen, which culminated in raids of housing initiatives and file shops promoting reggaeton cassettes). Even earlier this yr, J Balvin reignited the dialog when he slammed rappers who glorify violence, and Ivy Queen responded by calling for her fellow artists to cease objectifying girls within the style.

Watch the video of Monte’s statements beneath through Rapetón:

H/T: El Comercio