J Balvin removes Perra music video from YouTube and issues apology amid racism backlash

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Colombian singer J Balvin has issued an apology after receiving backlash for the music video for his track Perra

The video, which also featured Tokischa and was directed by Raymi Paulus, was recently removed from YouTube. 

In the music video, J is seen walking with two black women on leashes who were made over to look like dogs and are crawling on all fours.

The video also features other black individuals who have been made up to look like dogs as well, while Tokischa was also filmed dancing inside a dog kennel. 

"I want to say sorry to whoever felt offended, especially to the Black community," J said in a video shared on his Instagram Stories, Billboard reports.

"That's not who I am. I'm about tolerance, love and inclusivity. I also like to support new artists, in this case Tokischa, a woman who supports her people, her community and also empowers women."

J added that he made the decision to remove the video from YouTube "as a form of respect", but because of the continued backlash from the public, decided to release a statement as well. 

The singer also apologised to his mother, who called out the video as well. 

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