Ricky Martin is denouncing Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, and will participate in a march on the capital today. Gender-fluid Latin star Bad Bunny has also put a tour on hold so he could join protests today.
Unrest broke out in the island nation after Rosselló’s private communications with members of his administration were published, including homophobic remarks about Martin.
“Do an act of true generosity, worth and love for Puerto Rico and give your position to another person with the wisdom and leadership to direct your destiny as a people,” Martin tweeted in Spanish.
Bad Bunny posted a video on Instagram in Spanish joining in the call for political change.
“This is about respect, to all Puerto Ricans," the trap singer said. “I live in Puerto Rico, my family lives in Puerto Rico, my friends. What happens in Puerto Rico matters to me."
Rosselló’s leadership of the island has been threatened following a massive scandal about homophobic and sexist comments made between himself and leaders in his administration.
Hundreds of pages of online chats between Rosselló were leaked on Saturday morning. That included communications where Rosselló used the term “cocksucker” to describe Puerto Rican journalist Benjamin Torres Gotay and former Puerto Rico Senate President Eduardo Bhatia and called New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito the Spanish term for whore.
In one conversation, Puerto Rico Chief Financial Officer Christian Sobrino specifically said of Martin “is such a male chauvinist that he fucks men because women don’t measure up.” Sobrino, for his part, resigned.
Martin said the fact the communications were kept from public view proves Rosselló lacks the capability to lead the island, which is a U.S. territory.
“Precisely because his comments were made in the privacy, this fact is shown,” Martin tweeted in Spanish.
“It is in the privacy where you live with the truth and integrity that defines us, and yours is far from being vertical and admirable.”