Fans are going wild for Bad Bunny’s on-stage kiss at the 2022 VMAs

From Nicki Minaj’s video avant-garde performance to Lizzo’s scrutiny of her critics during her acceptance speech for Best Video, the MTV Video Music Awards were filled with memorable moments. Bad Bunny, who took home the VMA Artist of the Year award, had a particularly eventful night. During a night of viral moments, the Puerto Rican singer and rapper definitely set social media on fire, an impressive feat considering the artist didn’t even attend the event in person. Rather, the two-time Grammy Award-winner made televised appearances, appearing from Yankee Stadium, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

During his lively performance of “Tití Me Preguntó,” the Puerto Rican star surprised the crowd when he pulled two of his dancers in for a kiss near the end of the song. Much to the delight of the crowd, according to MTV, one dancer was female while the other was male. Over the years, the rapper and singer has proven to be a passionate advocate and ally of the LGBTQ+ community (via Pink News). Needless to say, Bad Bunny’s bold move has sparked plenty of discussion on social media — many of it positive, while some of it… not so much.

Bad Bunny’s kiss goes viral

Within minutes of his performance, Bad Bunny’s onstage kiss was spreading to every corner of social media. Of course, the singer’s fans had a lot to say about his bold move with another dancer. Many fans were committed to promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity on such a large, far-reaching platform. However, not all reactions have been positive, prompting one fan to tweet an impassioned defense: “Bad Bunny can kiss whoever he wants, he doesn’t have to explain it to anyone. The world needs to relax.”

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Some supported the kiss, but were torn over the artist’s possible motives. “Bad Bunny kissing a man feels a lot like performative queerbaiting, but also likely has the benefit of destigmatizing queer male sexuality, even if he’s not queer himself,” tweeted one user. Several users also discussed the comparisons between Bad Bunny and Harry Styles, who has also faced queerbaiting allegations, according to Variety. As for Bad Bunny, he explained that while he stated with the Los Angeles Times during a 2020 year that he was “straight” and “likes women,” he had previously stated that his sexuality “doesn’t define him.” “At the end of the day, I don’t know if I’m going to like a man 20 years from now,” he said (via HitC). “You never know in life.”

Interestingly, one fan stepped onto neutral ground, merely noting that Bad Bunny’s double kiss took place on the anniversary of Madonna’s double kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, which took place on August 28, 2003.