Pop star Ricky Martin joined hundreds of thousands of protestors in Puerto Rico on Monday, in a push for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
According to the New York Times, demonstrators filled a major highway in San Juan, waving signs and flags, as they chanted for change for miles leading up to the governor’s mansion.
These massive protests were ignited more than a week ago, after nearly 900 pages of a group chat between Rosselló and 11 of his aides were leaked to the public. The messages exposed highly offensive remarks about government action during Hurricane Maria, personal affairs and also included homophobic comments about Grammy award-winner Ricky Martin.
“Nothing says patriarchal oppression like Ricky Martin,” Rosselló wrote. “Ricky Martin is such a male chauvinist that he fucks men because women don’t measure up. Pure patriarchy.”
Martin attended the protest and made a major statement by waving the pride flag. The Puerto Rico native expressed his disdain for Rosselló just a day before the protest, asking people to march and demanding immediate impeachment on Twitter.
Other celebrities such as Residente and Bad Bunny, have also used their platform to call for government reform and ask Rosselló to step down. Bad Bunny even
paused his European tour for one day to march with the people, before flying back to perform.
Although Rosselló has shared that he doesn’t plan to run for re-election, he does plan to finish out his current term, despite calls for his impeachment.
In typical Donald Trump fashion, he chimed in and gave his two cents about the Puerto Rican government during a White House appearance with the prime minister of Pakistan on Monday. Apparently, he used the demonstration to give himself a pat on the back.
“The people of Puerto Rico like me, but the leadership is corrupt and incompetent,” he said “I have a real understanding of Puerto Rico. I’m the best thing that ever happened to Puerto Rico.”