Posteado por: tucidides | 20 octubre 2009

Puerto Rico Cancels Calle 13 Concert

Compiled by RACHEL LEE HARRIS

Published: October 18, 2009

After a member of the group Calle 13 criticized the planned layoffs of Puerto Rican government workers, island officials canceled a show featuring that reggaetón duo in San Juan, P.R., its members’ hometown, according to The Associated Press. On Saturday the mayor of San Juan, Jorge A. Santini Padilla, above, announced that the pair’s Halloween concert would not go on as scheduled because no contract had been signed with the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, where the performance was to take place. On Thursday at MTV’s Latin Music Awards, Calle 13’s lead vocalist, René Pérez Joglar, known as Residente (performing top), insulted the Puerto Rican governor, Luis G. Fortuño, and criticized the government for its plan to lay off 17,000 state employees. “Mr. Pérez will not be bothered by the decision,” Mr. Santini said in a statement, “because I don’t think he is interested in benefiting economically from an event that was going to be held in a facility administered by government personnel for whom he has no respect.”

Fuente: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/19/arts/music/19arts-PUERTORICOCA_BRF.html

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