NEW YORK: The teenage Mexican-American singer Becky G released a song in celebration of immigrants as she voiced outrage over derogatory statements by tycoon turned Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
The 18-year-old singer and rapper, often described as an up-and-coming star of Latin pop, on Friday put out via Twitter a song called “We Are Mexico” and dedicated it to Trump.
The song, which was retweeted 2,500 times in the first two hours, appears on a YouTube video with a fist adorned with flags of Latin American countries, raised over the Mexican and US flags.
Over a trip-hop backdrop, the Los Angeles-born Becky G raps about her encounters with Latinos before singing the title, “We are Mexico.”
“When I say us, I don’t just mean the Latin community. I did this for everyone who came to this country for a better life,” she tweeted.
Trump set off outrage among many Latinos when, in a rambling speech announcing his presidential run, he said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.”
He added: “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Univision, the top Spanish-language television network in the United States, earlier scrapped plans to broadcast the real estate mogul’s Miss USA beauty pageant scheduled for July 12.