Ex-Menudo vs. Media Bullying


If you’re not in Puerto Rico, you might have missed the public feud between ex-Menudo Ray Reyes and a local media person that ridicules others to get high number of listeners, followers, etc.

Ex-Menudos Reunion

The whole thing started because former members of Menudo are doing one of their periodical reunion concerts / tours. It’s been a while since the last one, and they are getting old. Keep in mind Ricky Martin was in the last versions of the group, and he’s getting up there in age.

So Ray Reyes has been battling a health condition that has caused his body weight to surge. This media personality (I’m trying to avoid his name to not give me more publicity than he deserves) started making public fun of Reyes overweight condition.

Ray Reyes photo in 2019
Ray Reyes health condition has caused him to gain weight.

Ray fired back with an open letter telling of his health condition and describing how much his son and family suffered from the public humiliation he (the media person) did on his program or channel. I think Ray’s response could have been a little more discrete and without profanity, even when I understand the frustration. As Michelle Obama liked to say, “when they go low, we go high”.

Public Reaction vs. Media Bullying

The public reaction has been an outcry in favor of the ex-Menudo. People now want this guy to resign from his radio show, and there are more than 30,000 sign ups asking for his resignation.

This is not the first time this person has made fun of others. Nor it is the first time other people in the media are trying to entertain and get ratings by burning artists! One of the most famous here in Puerto Rico is “La Comay”.

Let’s Boycott Media Bullies

Ray Rayes in his Menudo days.
Mostly due to his looks, Ray Reyes was one of the Menudo fan favorites.

People in the media, and people like me here in LatinoMusicCafe.com that write for the public have a responsibility to provide information or entertainment in a way that is respectful. Making jokes and trying to boost your ratings on the account of others is not a way to make a living.

Why not use the public media in a positive way that we all need? Why not contribute to the wellbeing of us as people?

Unfortunately, mockery and insults is what we have been seeing from our highest public figures, starting with the President (I try not to use the words “President” and “Trump” on the same line), and continuing to other figures in politics, artists (what about those reggueton / trap songs?), and elsewhere.

I believe we all can make a difference by supporting quality media. Let vote for the people that reflect our values and the society we want, not just every 4 years, but also everyday with our choices on media outlets and programs. Let’s boycott media bullies and send a message.

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