Singer Whose Songs No One Knows Joy Villa Dressed As A Border Wall At The Grammys
Joy Villa is known more for her bigoted red carpet gowns than her music, so, unsurprisingly, the singer attended the Grammys on Sunday with no nominations and one very xenophobic dress.
As Cubana immigrant Camila Cabello opened the award ceremony, Dominicana-Trinidadian Cardi B made history as the first solo woman to win Rap Album of the Year and Boricua Jennifer Lopez talked about the importance of music with former first lady Michelle Obama, Argentine-African American singer-songwriter rolled up to the party as a border wall.
Yep. Homegirl wore a black-and-white, brick-patterned dress with the words “Build the Wall” on the back and a gray cape that had barbed wire on its shoulders. To top off the racist-tacky look, she sported a red purse with white words that said: “Make America Great Again.”
“I believe in building the wall to protect our southern border, not to keep people out but to protect the citizens of our country,” Villa told the Los Angeles Times about her outfit. “I’m part Latina, I’m Black, and I believe in what the president’s saying. This to me is a representation of that, in a very visual way. … I always make a statement.”
— LAT Entertainment (@latimesent) February 10, 2019
But, like President Trump, Villa is oblivious to the realities of the alleged border crisis. To start, there isn’t one. Crossings at the southern border have steadily decreased since the early 2000s. Last week, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called Trump’s militarization at the border and demands for a wall a “charade of border fear-mongering” and then ordered a majority of the state’s National Guard to withdraw from its border. According to her, and many other leaders whose states and cities edge Mexico, border towns are among the safest in the country. Yet Trump, and supporters like Villa, continue to propagate misinformation rooted in hate.
This isn’t the first time Villa, who is a part of Trump’s campaign advisory board, uses an award show to support the president. In the past, the artist — whose songs no one has listened to — has worn a Make America Great Again gown and an anti-abortion dress.
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