Puerto Rican artist Bad Bunny made history at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards for being the first Latin star to nab Artist of the Year, but many fans are more interested in the fact that he kissed a male backup dancer on stage.
Critics accused Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, of “queerbaiting” and trying to get attention. Others questioned if the 28-year-old rapper is bisexual. Ultimately, the kiss became a hot topic on Twitter following Ocasio’s performance of his hit song “Tití Me Preguntó” at the ceremony.
“He needs to stop queerbaiting,” one viewer responded.
Another compared him to artist Harry Styles, who is also famously ambiguous about his sexuality and has also been accused of doing it for attention.
“Harry’s queerbaiting classes are working I see,” another person said.
Several fans pointed out that Bad Bunny also kissed a female backup dancer during the performance, which only added to the confusion.
The bilingual performer was up against Drake, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles, Jack Harlow, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo for Artist of the Year. He made history by being the first non-English-language performer to win the accolade. In 2020, he became the first non-English-language star to become Spotify’s most streamed artist of the year.
Ocasio shared details of his sexuality during a 2020 cover story with Playboy. “I think that sex is a giant world, and everyone is free to see it as they want and do it with whoever they want, however they want, with infinite possibilities,” Bunny said. “In the end, we are human beings. Everybody feels, everybody falls in love with whoever they’re meant to.”
He had similar thoughts about wearing dresses and other traditionally feminine clothing. Ocasio, who dressed in drag for his “Yo Perreo Sola” music video, told GQ this year that “a dress is a dress.”
“It depends on my state of mind,” the singer told the publication of his fashion choices. “Everybody has to feel comfortable with what they are and how they feel. Like, what defines a man, what defines being masculine, what defines being feminine? I really can’t give clothes gender.”
He continued, saying, “To me, a dress is a dress. If I wear a dress, would it stop being a woman’s dress? Or vice versa? Like, no. It’s a dress, and that’s it. It’s not a man’s, it’s not a woman’s. It’s a dress.”