The video generated more than 30 million views on Vevo before it was finally taken down, following weeks of protest from multiple sources, including formal condemnation from the Mexican government.
Gerardo Ortiz's 'Fuiste Mía' Video Crosses a Line: How Protests are About More Than Political Correctness
In March, Mexico’s Government Secretary (Secretaría de Gobernación), responsible for the country’s political development and well-being, issued a statement condemning the video. Last week, the Mexican government issued a formal warrant for Ortiz’s arrest, and also for the arrest of the producer of the video.
On Saturday, according to a report published on El Universal, Ortiz arrived at the airport in Guadalajara, presented his U.S. passport as ID and was arrested by officers aware of the warrant.
At press time, Ortiz’s team had not provided comment to Billboard.
However, in early April, Ortiz held a press conference where he addressed protests against the video and stressed that what was shown on the video was “pure fiction.”
He also said that the publicity generated by the video had at least one positive outcome. “No offense, but it’s a good thing that all the organizations that defend women’s rights have been able to use these platforms to get their message cross and defend their rights
"I hope this clarifies things,” added Ortiz at the time. “This is the artist speaking; the fictional character is in the video.”
Since then, “Fuiste mía” has been rising steadily on the charts and last week hit the Top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
The crime of “criminal exultation” is not one that is commonly prosecuted. According to Jalisco DA Eduardo Almaguer, it’s a minor crime, punishable with one to six months in prison.
However, Mexican sensibilities are heightened due to the toll exacted by drug-related violence, and Ortiz’s video, given his status as one of the country’s biggest superstars, struck a nerve.
Ortiz is currently on tour and is a judge on TV reality competition Tengo talento, mucho talento on Estrella TV.