Of course Rihanna fans (rightfully) dragged J Balvin on twitter:
J Balvin was in Rihanna comments begging her to marry him now she is not the marrying type lol pic.twitter.com/a6Wf3EqCpw— KAY⚓️🎈 (@Ririweready) 9 de abril de 2018
Why is J Balvin even talking about Rihanna... He looks like a middle age white man going through a midlife crisis, now he’s showing his antiblack + misogynistic attitude. Trash.— la cotorra (@lazeallday) 9 de abril de 2018
In an email to The FADER, a spokeperson for the colombian defended his comments "J Balvin has the utmost respect for Rihanna, which he has stated multiple times in interviews – repeatedly naming her as one of the artists he would most like to work with one day. In this particular case, which is being taken out of context by some, a Brazilian video Blog interview requested he answer two rounds of Kiss, Marry, Kill. J Balvin lightheartedly choose his two recent ‘Machika’ collaborators Anitta and Jeon as his ‘Marry’ responses because he knows each of them well – leaving only the ‘kiss’ or ‘kill responses remaining. He would no more wish to show any type of disrespect to Rihanna, as he would wish harm on the other names presented."
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Mods the video is 2 weeks old but the article is from yesterday, same with the reactions and the video provides context.