Boston Mayor declares a "Bad Bunny Day"
The Mayor of Boston declared a day to honor Bad Bunny for his contribution to the Latino community.
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Boston, Massachusetts' mayor has declared Aug. 18 as "Official Bad Bunny Day," surprising fans of the Latin singer who live in the area.
Mayor Michelle Wu turned out to be a big fan of the Puerto Rican singer, so much so that she attended Bad Bunny's recent concert at the Fenway Park.
Wu told The Daily Voice that Bad Bunny, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, deserved the distinction of having an honorary day for his commitment to inclusion through his art.
"Boston is a diverse and inclusive city built on community and creative self-expression. In that spirit, our city recognizes the impact that artists, like Bad Bunny, have on our present and future as a city," Wu said.
During the declaration, Wu also said that the city "is proud to honor those who, through dedication and excellence, contribute significantly to the well-being of the Latino community."
The mayor noted how he has revolutionized artistic expression, redefined gender norms and broken other barriers through his craft, reaching "millions of people in Latin America through music, art and, most importantly, through inclusion."
"He has revolutionized not only music, but also fashion by challenging the gender stereotypes that dictate how we dress as people," the proclamation reads. "Boston is a diverse and inclusive city built on community and creative self-expression. In that spirit, our city recognizes the impact that artists, like Bad Bunny, have on our present and future as a city."
On the day the document was signed, Wu responded with a photo on Twitter to a citizen who wrote: ''If our Mayor goes to the Bad Bunny concert then she is unquestionably the best Mayor ever.''
This recognition honoring the Latino community is being made amid a growing population in Boston. In a 2019 census, Boston was comprised of 19.6% Latino and Hispanic communities, the second largest minority group in the city next to African-Americans, who account for 22.2%. An estimated 134,000 Puerto Ricans have settled in the city.
Bad Bunny is one of the hottest Latino musicians on the planet right now. In addition to a star-studded opening night for his Florida restaurant, his recent album, Un Verano Sin Ti, has topped the Billboard 200 charts for a record number of weeks.