Shakira’s music video for the song “Can’t Remember to Forget You” was criticized by a Colombian official for its sexy scenes, some of which also feature Rihanna. The councilman said the video should be banned because it promotes “lesbianism.”
Marco Fidel Ramirez, a Bogota city councilman, has urged Colombia’s National Television Authority to ban the video from all of the nation’s channels.
Ramirez said the video, which features the two superstar singers in revealing outfits, getting cozy with each other and smoking cigars, “damages the moral character of the youth of Bogota, Colombia and Latin America.” He also said the song “Hips Don’t Lie” depicts a society in moral decay.
Ramirez added that the two singers should feel ashamed of the song that promotes tobacco use.
“OUR @ shakira promo video with her erotic smoking has become the worst example for our youth. BATTERIES parents!” he wrote on his Twitter account.
Ramirez also reportedly said that: "Shakira's new video is a shameless case for lesbianism and immorality. It is a danger to children.” He called the video "simply gross" and an "unabashed glorification of lesbianism." He further claimed, "It sends a provocative message to weak people who can be polluted and induced to practice (lesbianism)."
According to reports, Ramirez has also written a letter to Shakira, appealing the Colombian singer to pull down her video from the Internet, stating his belief that a normal family comprises of a father, mother and children.
He added that Shakira is a talented singer and has a lot of fame, thus she doesn’t need “sex to sell her albums.”
According to reports, Ramirez, who calls himself "the defender of principles and values," previously criticized Halloween celebration in Bogota, calling it "satanic party."
Suman Varandani works as a Correspondent for the International Business Times, where she covers Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media & Culture and other trending topics.