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Willie Colon and Calle 13 Clash over Hugo Chavez's Condition and The Future of Venezuela

By January 21, 2013

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Twitter has become the ring of an unexpected 'fight' between two of the most influential artists in Latin music. Legendary Salsa star Willie Colon and Latin Urban sensation band Calle 13 have exchanged different messages regarding the current health condition of Hugo Chavez and the political future of Venezuela.

Everything started last week when Willie Colon wrote the following tweet on his account @williecolon: "God bless Venezuela now that has two presidents... one ripe and the other rotten." The two adjectives used by Colon on that tweet, which was originally written in Spanish, were referred to Venezuela's Vicepresident Nicolas Maduro and President Hugo Chavez. While ripe literally means maduro in Spanish, rotten supported the idea that Hugo Chavez is already dead after the cancer-related surgery he went through in Cuba.

Thousands of people reacted to that entry bringing to Twitter their own views about the current political situation in Venezuela. As a result, Willie Colon has been praised by those who are against Hugo Chavez and attacked by those who support the President.

In this scenario, Calle 13 has joined the debate as one of the most notorious voices supporting Hugo Chavez. The band's lead singer Rene Perez (a.k.a. Residente), criticized Willie Colon's tweet stating that "one thing is to defend a political ideal, but it is another thing to mock a patient with cancer. Colon's comments were violently insensitive."

Since then, the two stars have nurtured a tasteless fight that has gotten a bit ugly. For instance, Calle 13 has portrayed Willie Colon as an old man who has been always a second-class artist behind the Panamanian singer Ruben Blades. Similarly, Willie Colon has retweeted some comments stating that Calle 13 supports Hugo Chavez and the FARC, Colombia's largest terrorist group.

Hopefully, this fight won't last long. However, the feelings regarding Venezuela's political situation are hot right now and these two artists are in the opposite sides of this confrontation. We'll see how it goes.

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January 21, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(1) YOSELIN says:


January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm
(2) will forti says:

mYoselin rene did not say anything about Venezuelas politocal statue,all he said aas that willie colons coents were insensitive and they were

February 20, 2013 at 5:12 am
(3) AEB says:

Pobre Willy Colon a lo que quedo… Tiene razon, tiene que decir algo asi y ser sensacionalista si ya nadie lo toma en cuenta… Tus mejores aņos han pasado afortunadamente lo que tu piensas o dices no tiene ya importancia… Da un poco de pena que en tus tiempos no supieste ahorar… Ahora ya viejo tiene que seguir dando concierto para mantener una entradita… Tiempo que lo pudieste dedicar a tu familia… Por cierto tu concierto en Australia el aņo pasado solo fue restos de lo que pudo ser un concierto en tus mejores tiempos… Un consejo seņor retirese todabia hay tiempo de guardar un poco de dignidad…
Hasta la Victoria siempre…
El espiritu latinoamericano se a despertado… Gracias seņor Chavez…

March 5, 2013 at 5:35 pm
(4) maria says:

Porrque los de calle 13 no se van a vivir a Venezuela? Porque saben que si se ponen a hablar en contra del gobierno, los desaparecen. Es facil hablar en una democracia. Ademas en venezuela tendrian que entragarle su dinero al gobierno. Hablan por hablar. Ridiculos. Nuna harian tanto dinero como hacen en U.S.

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