Venezuelan President Remixes "Despacito" to Raise Support for His Proposed Dictatorship

Kelly Massey
July 26, 2017

"Despacito" means "slowly" in Spanish, but the song's swift rise to the top has been incredible.

Beyond those two songs, the current top 10 is mostly populated either by hits that have already enjoyed a No. 1 peak (DJ Khaled's star-studded "I'm the One", Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like") or whose cross-platform climb is gradual enough not to pose a major threat to "Despacito" (French Montana's Swae Lee-featuring "Unforgettable", Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"), at least in the immediate future.

"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.

Lyrics were altered to urge people to "vote" and ended with an exhortation to Venezuela to get behind an election he has called for next Sunday to choose a body to rewrite Venezuela's constitution.

Not amused? The Puerto Rican artists who originally recorded the song, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

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It is now the third most viewed YouTube video with 2.7 billion views, behind See You Again by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth and Psy's Gangnam Style.

"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. But not even Justin Bieber himself, whose guest verses turned this into a monster hit, knows the lyrics. He also said that Maduro illegally using a song does not compare to the crimes he is committing and has committed in Venezuela.

"Our call to the "Constituent Assembly" only seeks to unite the country".

Daddy Yankee said Maduro's "dictatorial a joke for the entire world".

Millions of Venezuelans have been staging months of protests against Maduro, a former bus driver and union leader narrowly elected to replace the late Hugo Chavez in 2013.

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