Despacito Stars Condemn Venezuela's Maduro Over Political Remix

Despacito Stars Condemn Venezuela's Maduro Over Political Remix

KUALA LUMPUR| The song "Despacito", interpreted in Spanish and full of sexual innuendo, has been forbidden on public channels in Malaysia, announced on Thursday that a top official of the muslim-majority countries.

"Despacito", the worldwide hit from Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee which just last week was touted as the most-streamed song to date, has now become the subject of a surprise appropriation by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Critics say Maduro is trying to cement a dictatorship by pushing forward with the Constituent Assembly this Sunday.

The reworked lyrics promoted his plans for a controversial new citizen's assembly, which will be elected on Sunday to rewrite the constitution. Maduro used the viral song to appeal to voters.

You'd struggle to find someone who hasn't heard Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's 'Despacito'.

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"At no point was I asked, nor did I authorize, the use or the change in lyrics of "Despacito" for political ambitions, and much less in the middle of a deplorable situation that Venezuela, a country I love so much, is living", Fonsi said in a message posted on Twitter. That's when Venezuelans will decide who will represent them in the country's Constituent Assembly and eventually rewrite the constitution.

"That you illegally appropriate a song [Despacito] does not compare with the crimes you commit and have committed in Venezuela", he wrote.

That plan by Maduro has already been met with mass street protests, an unofficial plebiscite rejecting it, a nationwide strike and a warning by the USA of economic sanctions if the vote goes ahead.

Maduro is pressing forward with his pledge to hold a July 30 election to select delegates to a special assembly that will be tasked with rewriting the troubled nation's constitution despite global outcry and a protest movement that has left at least 97 dead.

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