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Gerardo Ortiz Addresses Music Video Backlash: 'It's Important to Distinguish Fiction From Reality'

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A still from Gerardo Ortiz's 2016 "Fuiste Mía" music video.

"There are movies, television series that are out there similar to my video. No one in this video is really dead, this is all fiction. I wanted to be the actor in this video."

UPDATE: YouTube has now added a "content warning" that you have to agree to before being able to view Gerardo Ortiz's music video "Fuiste Mía." After a petition with more than 6,000 signatures asked YouTube and Vevo to remove the clip due to its violent nature, the platform has made this modification. But that hasn't stopped viewers from checking out the clip. The controversy helped the track climb on the Hot Latin Songs at No. 21 on the April 16-dated chart solely ono the strength of streams, 87 percent stem from YouTube views. 

An unapologetic Gerardo Ortiz appeared before the media Monday (April 4) in a press conference held in Los Angeles to address for the first time his controversial music video "Fuiste Mía" that, according to a petition, "incites violence against women."   

In the video, Ortiz's character finds his girlfriend cheating on him and violently kills the man she's in bed with. From there, he ties her up, gropes her and throws her in his car's trunk to later set her on fire without repercussion or remorse. In his defense, Ortiz explained this is all a piece of fiction and should be treated like a film or TV show.

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"As all of you know, there are movies, television series that are out there similar to my video," said Ortiz. "No one in this video is really dead, this is all fiction. I wanted to be the actor in this video. Gerardo Ortiz the singer has nothing to do with the actor you see in the video. The singer appears with a cowboy hat singing a romantic ballad and the actor is simply acting. He has no cowboy hat or boots because he is not Gerardo Ortiz." 

When asked if he felt any responsibility as a public figure in setting a good example to his fans that include young boys, he explained that like any other content out there, "parents have the final decision whether to let their child see this video or not. We all have a shared responsibility." 

He added, "It's only a music video, pure fiction. People have to understand and learn how to distinguish fiction from reality."

After defending his video from every question that came his way, he compared himself to Mexican actor Rafael Amaya who interprets the drug dealer Aurelio Casillas in Telemundo's El Señor de los Cielos. "My friend Rafael [Amaya] is a completely different person from the character you see on TV because he is acting. Same goes for me." 

Petition Asks Vevo to Remove Gerardo Ortiz's 'Fuiste Mía' Video for Allegedly Promoting Violence Against Women

The petition, which asks YouTube and Vevo to take the video down from its platforms, states, "It is precisely thanks to this type of content that makes violence against women acceptable and apparently something to enjoy since the expressions on the video are seductive and pleasurable ones ... Oppression against women is constantly taking center stage." 

"I have a mother, I have a niece, my grandma that I love so much," said Ortiz. "What can I say, my mother is my queen and everything to me. It was never my intention to offend anyone. Actually, I think my video has gotten everyone talking about this delicate topic and my video shows what is unfortunately happening around the world."

The 26-year-old singer ended the conference reminding the press that he has nothing to hide. "That is why I'm here in front of all of you. We just need to accept that my video is fiction." 

Since its premiere back in January, "Fuiste Mía" has 19 million views. Despite the petition, that has more than 6,000 signatures, and after Mexico's government secretary (secretaría de gobernación) issued a statement condemning the video, it is still up on YouTube. 

Billboard Latin Music Awards 2016