J Balvin’s Music Video Removed from YouTube Amid Backlash for Racist and Sexist Depiction of Black Women

The music video for J Balvin‘s song “Perra” has disappeared from YouTube after online backlash to its depiction of Black women.

After its debut on Sept. 10, the “Perra” music video, which features rapper Tokischa, received criticism that it perpetuated “misogynoir” for showing the Colombian singer, 36, walking with two Black women on leashes, plus a moment when Tokischa poses in a dog house. The song features lyrics about dogs in heat.

The song is from Balvin’s album José, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart, his fourth to do so, according to Billboard. The music video was directed by Raymi Paulus.

According to the Los Angeles Times and Billboard, the “Perra” video was taken off Balvin’s official YouTube channel over the weekend without statements explaining why. An audio-only version of the track is still available to stream on the platform. It is unclear whether the removal of the video was an action taken by YouTube or Balvin’s team.

A spokesperson for YouTube did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. A rep for Balvin declined to comment.

Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramírez spoke out about the music video earlier this month, writing in an open letter (translated to English) that the song has “direct and openly sexist, racist, machista and misogynistic expressions that violate the rights of women, comparing them to an animal that must be dominated and mistreated,” Billboard reported.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Benjamin VanHoose

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