Bad Bunny at the Billboard Music Awards in May 2021. (Rich Fury /. To dcp)
(Spanish CNN) – Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny and President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele were among the Latinos selected for Time Magazine’s annual Top 100 list for 2021.
Also on Time’s Top 100 list this year is Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara; Indyra Mendoza and Claudia Spellmant, Honduran LGBTQ + rights activists; Mexican activist for women’s rights Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz; Brazilian businesswoman Luiza Trajano; and the president of the Constitutional Convention of Chile, Elisa Loncon Antileo.
The list is divided into six categories: icons, pioneers, titans, artists, leaders and innovators.
Rapper Bad Bunny, one of the most important Latin artists in urban music, has been described as “a phenomenon” when it comes to music, “but it didn’t happen overnight,” according to the profile that reggaeton wrote Colombian JBalvin.
“He’s a free speech advocate: if you want to wear a mini t-shirt, go ahead and do it. If you want to wear lipstick, do it. Do whatever you want to do. This freedom is closely tied to people, ”Balvin wrote on Bad Bunny’s profile.
Balvin – who has recorded several collaborations with him – describes him as a “true artist” who pushed “Latin culture to another level”.
“I’m telling you, Benito,” Balvin said to Bad Bunny, referring to the Puerto Rican’s real name. “You are one of the greatest artists in the history of Latin music.”
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Salvadoran journalist Daniel Lizárraga, former editor-in-chief of the local newspaper El Faro, describes Nayib Bukele as a president who “has tolerated neither criticism nor opposition”, and who heads a government whose words “are incontestable”. Lizárraga cites an investigation published by this media in which the negotiations between Bukele and the El Salvador gangs were exposed, which Buekele rejected and called a “lie” via a tweet.
For Bukele, “the government’s words are indisputable, and anyone who says the opposite is first burned on social networks and then, if he continues on his way, assisted by the authorities”, wrote the journalist about the President of El Salvador. in Time.
In October 2020, the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) warned of the risk to democracy and press freedom in El Salvador during the administration of President Nayib Bukele, who took office on June 1, 2019. The report highlights the difficulty of obtaining official information, a problem that worsened during the pandemic, according to Altamirano.
Bukele spoke of the journalists: “These people are untouchable. They cannot be criticized or questioned, they were not elected by anyone, but they have jurisdiction. They can criticize, attack, accuse, slander and receive a salary (among other things) for doing so. They want freedom of speech to be fair to them, ”he wrote on his Twitter account last year.
Bukele did not comment on the Time magazine report.
Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara
Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara was one of the highlights of the icon category of the 2021 list. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who writes his profile, highlights “his significant fight for freedom of movement. ‘expression and its uncompromising stance against autocracy’.
“Otero Alcántara is a symbol and a leader within the San Isidro movement of Cuba, an influential group of artists and intellectuals who demanded more freedoms as anti-government protests swept across the country this summer,” he said. he writes.
Otero Alcántara is a member of the San Isidro Movement, a group of artists, journalists and activists who defend freedom of expression in Cuba. He was arrested by Cuban authorities in May 2021 while on hunger strike “to protest the confiscation of works of art from his home around April 22,” Amnesty International reported. Amnesty International called him a “prisoner of conscience” and called for his immediate release.
State newspaper Granma reported that on May 2, Otero Alcántara arrived at the hospital for “referred voluntary innanition” without any signs of malnutrition and was released on May 31. Granma did not give details of her arrest.
Indyra Mendoza and Claudia Spellmant
Time magazine highlighted the work of Honduran LGBTI + community rights activists, Indyra Mendoza and Claudia Spellmant, who have worked for years to seek justice for Vicky Hernández, a transgender woman who was murdered in 2009 and who is became a symbol of the “structural violence that trans women” face in the country.
In the profile of the two in Time, written by Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, highlights the struggle of Mendoza and Spellmant for the protection of the rights of LGBTI + people, which has even reached the Inter – American Court of Human Rights: “Indyra and Claudia understand that their battle is not over and they are committed to continuing to push for the rights of their communities. The world must follow their example.
In January 2010, the IACHR called on Honduras to adopt the necessary measures to guarantee the life and integrity of Indyra Mendoza Aguilar and other women who have reported threats to their lives.
Olimpia Corail Melo Cruz
Olimpia Coral Melo Cruz is best known in Mexico for being the promoter of the “Olimpia Law”, which gives between four and six years in prison for those who disclose intimate photos, videos or audios of third parties by any means. without their consent or through deception.
The activist, a native of Puebla who has successfully passed the Olimpia law in 13 states across the country, is another of Time’s most influential Latinas this year.
“Melo Cruz and I are soul mates,” wrote Amanda Nguyen, CEO and founder of Rise, a civil rights organization that fights for the rights of survivors of sexual violence.
“It can be difficult to be a survivor, to talk about something so personal, but the impact of Melo Cruz will not only be significant right now, it will be remembered throughout history, and the history is on his side, ”Nguyen added. Time.
Brazilian businesswoman Luiza Trajano is one of Time magazine’s “Titans” this year.
Trajano, Brazil’s richest woman, made her fortune with her eponymous brand Magazine Luiza (or Magalu, as it’s called), Brazil’s sprawling department store chain with more than 40,000 employees.
Former President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, who wrote the commentary for Time, singled out Trejano for promoting employment amid the economic recession that caused the pandemic in Brazil.
“At a time when the Brazilian federal government was downplaying the risk posed by the pandemic, Luiza spoke boldly of the urgent need for vaccination. She was also a strong advocate for equality, creating Mulheres do Brasil, one non-partisan group too many. over 95,000 women working to build a better society and support victims of domestic violence, ”Lula wrote.
“In a world where billionaires spend their fortunes on space adventures and yachts, Luiza is on a different kind of odyssey. She took up the challenge of building a commercial giant while building a better Brazil, ”Brazil’s former president added in Temps.
Elisa Lonçon Antileo
Chile’s Constitutional Convention president Elisa Loncon Antileo, from Chile’s Mapuche community, is another of the 100 Latinas on the Time list.
Loncon Antileo, who has assumed the presidency of the Constitutional Convention of Chile, which will rewrite the Chilean constitution from the time of the dictatorship, represents the struggle and the social uprising of two years in Chile, and a historical fact: “For the first Once in history, indigenous peoples participate in the life of the state as representatives of their native nations, and President Elisa represents centuries of their dreams and struggles ”, wrote Verónica Figueroa Huencho, from the Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Chile.
“As an activist, the teaching of the Mapuche language has become his great, internationally recognized crusade,” added Figueroa Huencho, who added that with the arrival of Loncon Antileo in the Constituent Assembly, “the beautiful skin brunette of mestizos and indigenous peoples ”which has been kept out of the corridors of power, is now part of these institutions.
“In her light, indigenous girls and boys can see the possibility of a better future,” she said of the president of the Constitutional Convention of Chile.