By Miguel Cruz Tejada
NEW YORK._ The award-winning Dominican psychologist Henry Montero Tapia came out in defense of the dissemination of the controversial bachata “La Suegra” by Romeo Santos, prohibited by the National Commission of Entertainment and Radiophonic (CNEPR), alleging that there are many other issues with content and messages that are more harmful than the banned topic, and are still on the air.
“There is no real or logical reason for the CNEPR to ban Romeo’s bachata since it is his exercise of freedom of expression established in the constitution of the Dominican Republic,” added the specialist who owns the mental health clinic. ARQUIMEDEZ Mental Health Counseling is based in The Bronx.
He pointed out that there are many more urban music tracks with messages and meta-messages that transcend the vulgar, with sexually explicit content that reach homes, intoxicating children and adolescents, “and yet they have never been vetoed by the competent authorities.”
Montero Tapia explains that “La Suegra” is a rather double-meaning bachata in which, by presenting it, the international bachatero expresses his feelings for the mother’s intrusions of the alleged couple, damaging the relationship between the spouses.
“It is a case that we see daily in homes in the Dominican Republic, the United States and many other countries, so I believe that there is nothing sinful about it. It is a reflection of everyday life and customs wherever there are Dominicans and Latinos”, added the psychologist.
“I discovered our problem / it was not the quarantine effect / it was your mother… a nosy and bochinchera mother /” reads the bachata lyrics in the first verse.
The content has generated angry reactions in conservative social sectors and the feminist movement in the Dominican Republic.
But Montero Tapia is facing an inexplicable handling in applying the law in the Dominican Republic.
It indicates that the entire country and the diaspora know that the government platform underlies the double standards with which those responsible for applying the laws choose their victims for reasons that lend themselves to speculation, such as payola and bribery, to allow that toxic musical themes are not sanctioned and remain on the air.
“Although Romeo has not hinted at it, it is likely that it is about that,” said the psychologist.
“I was so kind / I opened the door of my home / but if I neglect / it makes you divorce me / Don’t tell me mom loves you because she has a doctorate in screwing me,” expresses the bachata in other of its verses.
Montero Tapia expressed that the language used in bachata lyrics is part of the linguistic adjectives used by most Dominicans, especially the popular sectors.
He recalled the time of the bachateros of the eighties, who achieved great success based on vulgar content, and double meaning with sexual tendencies, citing Julio Ángel with “El Pajón,” Blas Durán with all his songs and considered the most despised and acclaimed, Tony Santos with “Mamá me la Tranca,” or “Mámame la Tranca,” among many others.
The psychologist cites the song “Burbujas de Amor” by Juan Luis Guerra, among the most popular hits with a double meaning that in one of its stanzas reads, “I would like to be a fish to touch my nose in your fishbowl and make bubbles of love, where want / to spend the whole night soaked in you.”
He added that any listener of this song by Juan Luis could easily decipher what bachata expresses sexually.
He asked the president of the CNEPR to reconsider the prohibition of “La Suegra,” reminding him that although many people perceive this issue as “plebes,” the concept is used to name the social stratum in the lower echelon of the structure of the society.
“This means that the mob is the lower class, a name used to group all the people who cannot meet their basic needs and who are marginalized from progress,” explained the psychologist.
“We even see in the video of that bachata the appearance of a replica of the character Balbuena incarnated by the late Luisito Martí, a comedy that was one of the most watched and successful in the history of television, cinema, and comedy shows of its time. time,” he says.
“Balbuena is the typical commoner individual from the poorest strata of the country, an icon of what we call the children of Machepa,” the psychologist stressed.
NEW YORK._ The psychologist Henry Montero Tapia defends the bachata “La Suegra” and asks the CNEPR to reconsider its ban. (External source).