Colombian singer J Balvin has decided not to perform at the Miss USA pageant next month after hearing pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s recent comments about Mexicans.
Balvin pulled out of the show on Wednesday, Billboard reports, because he was shocked by what Trump said when announcing his presidential bid last week.
What Trump said: “When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. But they’re killing us economically.”
And this: “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
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Balvin said he didn’t realize that Trump co-owned the pageant until a friend pointed it out to him. He was at home in Colombia last week and hadn’t heard Trump’s comments until recently.
“It was going to be my first performance on national (mainstream) television,” Balvin told Billboard.
“But we’re talking about our roots, our culture, our values. This isn’t about being punitive, but about showing leadership through social responsibility. His comments weren’t just about Mexicans, but about all Latins in general.”
Balvin said he doesn’t usually make political statements like this.
“I think music is to have fun. It’s for people to have a good time with. I’m no savior and I’m no Robin Hood,” he said. “But in this case, I feel totally comfortable and responsible with my decision.”
Other performers slated to perform at the July 12 pageant include Flo Rida, Natalie La Rose and Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of the seventh season of “The Voice.”