Fans have rallied together this week to defend Shakira from a terribly misogynistic banner made about her ahead of her boyfriend's soccer upcoming match...
And naturally, it caused quite the storm online.
Because in 2021, how is misogyny still a thing?!
Misogyny - the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls - still sadly exists...
And although so much is currently being done to prevent this kind of hate, many strong and powerful women continue to find themselves the victims of misogyny.
It's not okay...
And the most recent woman to be targeted is Shakira Mebarak Ripoll.
Now, we all know and love Shakira for being the Queen of Latin music.
The Colombian native is best known for her timeless singes such as "Hips Don't Lie", "Waka Waka", "Loca", and "Chantaje."
There isn't a single soul out there who hasn't heard Shakira's music...
And although she had a quiet few years as of late, the singer now seems to be more popular than ever.
We believe her 2020 Super Bowl performance with Jennifer Lopez has a little something to do with that!
Their electric performance was viewed by millions worldwide and it's safe to say that it certainly went down as one of the more memorable Super Bowl performances.
And not only was the performance a memorable one, but it was also historical.
Never before had 2 Latinas been booked to co-headline the Super Bowl! And Shakira said just days before the performance:
"I think the Super Bowl is a very American event, as American as it can get. It's also going to be a reminder of the heritage of this country, which is one of diversity and that's what we will be celebrating Sunday."
And alongside her musical career...
Shakira is an active philanthropist who works actively with numerous charities and foundations; particularly those that strive towards helping disadvantaged children in poor and rural parts of the world.
So all in all...
Shakira is one powerful woman.
But sadly, in the last week, she has been targeted by the most unlikely of people...
And it's triggered an incredible wave of support online from her loyal fans.
On March 7, the hashtag #RespectShakira started trending on Twitter...
And women from all around the world have not only been defending Shakira but have also been standing up against misogyny.
It’s unbelievable that it is 2021 and sexism is STILL happening. This misogynistic attitude has to stop. Shakira is being denigrated and we will not allow for her or any other woman to go through this. #RespectShakira— Shakibabe 🐺 (@shakibabe_) March 8, 2021
Shakira Mebarak is an esteemed, intelligent, unproblematic global icon, and it should make you sick to your stomach to see her targeted in such a disgusting, belittling, objectifying manner. And during Women’s History Month? Put some respect on her name. #RespectShakira pic.twitter.com/gXBn3tH30m— Wolfie🥀Shakira’s Burner Account (@AlphasofShak) March 8, 2021
I can’t believe people find it difficult to respect women in 2021. Shakira is an unproblematic, hardworking woman and a living legend.— Selianna (@Selenas_rules) March 8, 2021
WE STAND WITH YOU SHAKIRA.
RESPECT SHAKIRA. #WomensDay #RespectShakira pic.twitter.com/JhoWbH0y5B
Guys going beyond how disgusting the football mantras are, we should also consider just how violating the messages are for Shakira’s safety and that of her young children. Like if I felt sexually targeted by a mob, I would be scared to ever step out of my house #RespectShakira— Wolfie🥀Shakira’s Burner Account (@AlphasofShak) March 8, 2021
#RespectShakira trending is a bittersweet moment. Yes, all the support we’ve managed to get against those sexist comments is amazing. However, the fact that in 2021, it’s necessary to trend a hashtag calling for women to get respect is so fucking atrocious. Women deserve better.— kal (@FallingIntoShak) March 8, 2021
Now, Shakira is in a long-term relationship with Gerard Piqué, a soccer-player for Barcelona...
And the pair share 2 children together; cementing themselves as a firm power couple.
Barcelona is scheduled to play against their European rival team, Paris Saint-Germain, tomorrow...
And although Piqué isn't set to play in the match due to an injury, fans of Paris Saint-Germain decided to try and taunt the soccer pro anyway by using Shakira's name in a degrading banner.
According to pictures shared on social media, the banner read "Shakira a La Jonquera."
we are in the 2021, it's women's history month and this is what's happening?— 𝐯𝐢𝐛𝐬 | 🐺 (@ivibhatweedy) March 7, 2021
to give context "shakira a la jonquera" means "shakira to jonquera".
jonquera is a town on the border of france & spain, known for prostitutes. basically, calling shakira a prostitute.#RespectShakira pic.twitter.com/PS60oUeCFZ
La Jonquera, per a 2012 piece by The New York Times, is located on the border of France and Spain and has "one of the largest brothels in Europe."
Sadly, this isn't the first time the Colombian singer has been targeted.
In 2012, photos spread of sports fans passing around a naked blow-up doll with "Shakira" written on the back after Real Madrid won the Spanish league title - something that Barcelona had won the past 3 years in a row.
This kind of hideous misogyny is sadly very common amongst men at soccer games...
🙏| Time and again we are seeing instances of hardworking women being insulted or slut-shamed, be it in music industry or, in this instance, the soccer world.— The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) March 8, 2021
It’s time we raise our voices and denounce such misogyny.#RespectShakira #WomensHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/7jhTOzTuX2
And it's also very common in the entertainment and music industries; places were women are degraded on a daily basis.
This barbaric "hooliganism" culture needs to come to an end...
It’s not even one team. It’s all of them. The culture around football clubs and the sexist comments they make aimed at women is common place and it’s sickening. It needs to STOP. For years they’ve been degrading Shakira in so many ways and nobody does anything. #RespectShakira pic.twitter.com/1alJTO7DQY— kal (@FallingIntoShak) March 7, 2021
Because why should women constantly be degraded and put down by men just for the sake of their own masculinities?
Just because Shakira is a strong woman does not make this okay.
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