Marco Fidel Ramirez, a politician from Shakira’s native Colombia, isn’t too happy with the sexy video for ‘Can’t Remember To Forget You,’ saying the ladies’ gyrating and cuddling ‘is a danger to children.’ Ramirez spoke out on Twitter saying the video is an “unabashed glorification of lesbianism.”


Ramirez also doesn’t approve of Shakira’s use of tobacco:

“Our Shakira with her erotic video is promoting tobacco usage and has become the worst example for our youth,” he wrote on his Twitter feed.

Ramirez is trying to get the Autoridad Nacional de Televisión, Colombia’s national television authority, to ban the music video in the country, the Associated Press noted.

Ramirez isn’t the only person who has an issue with the video. Jezebel recently crossposted an article by the Lingerie Lesbian who took issue with Shakira and Rihanna’s “faux-lesbian posturing”:

“This kind of performance doesn’t just demean lesbian sexuality, it demeans female sexuality as a whole. The questionable agency of the same sex interaction calls into question the motives of all of their actions,” she wrote. Adding, “I certainly don’t entirely condemn Rihanna and Shakira for this—it just frustrates me to see this kind of homoerotic posturing when it’s nearly impossible to see examples of queer relationships taken seriously. I’m so tired of having same-sex intimacy co-opted as a performance for others to enjoy.”

So far the video has been viewed over 7 million times on YouTube.

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  • Simone L

    I’m sorry I just don’t dig Rihanna. What happened to having class and showing less and letting your talent speak for itself. Remember Sade? That beautiful talented woman who hasn’t aged a day, yet she leaves people asking for more? Its because she let her talent speak for itself. She knew/knows how to put out amazing music then just chill. I miss the days where women were classy and didn’t have to expose themselves to get some buzz. Tina Turner, Monica, Mary J, Stephanie Mills, Phyllis Hyman…none of them h ad to do all this and look at how we still revere them as R&B’s greatest female singers.

  • Afro Scented

    Shakira did ‘Loba’ (She Wolf). Rihanna did ‘S&M’ and ‘Pour it Up’. The only way this video doesn’t make sense is if you haven’t been paying attention to any of their music. As for me, I dig it. Women (and men for that matter) can express their sexuality however they damn well please. If you don’t like it, then why are you watching the video? Seriously, why? It’s Shakira and Rihanna. There are no surprises here.