Though Rosselló has said he will not seek reelection following a leak of more than 900 pages of text messages in which he used homophobic slurs and expressed many other sentiments insulting to Puerto Ricans, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Juan on July 22 to show their opposition.
Ricky Martin joined with thousands of other Puerto Ricans to demand Rosselló’s immediate resignation. Images of Martin waving a Pride Flag amid the crowds went viral on Twitter, as did Martin’s own tweets regarding Rosselló.
Qué orgulloso me siento de ser puertorriqueño. Qué fuerza sentí de parte de mi gente. Seguimos en la lucha hasta que @ricardorossello no gobierne mas. #resistencia ?: @worldjunkies , @usamahamid pic.twitter.com/xZLAtL2snV
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 23, 2019
“How proud I am to be Puerto Rican. What strength I felt from my people. We continue in the fight until @ricardorossello Don’t rule anymore,” Martin wrote in one tweet.
“They mocked our dead, they mocked women, they mocked the LGBT community, they made fun of people with physical and mental disabilities, they made fun of obesity. It’s enough. This cannot be,” Martin said.
The “Telegramgate” scandal has ensnared the highest levels of the Rosselló government. Rosselló’s former finance minister referred to Ricky Martin personally in one message, writing “Ricky Martin is such a male chauvinist that he fucks men because women don’t measure up. Pure patriarchy.”
Rosselló himself also referred to a number of fellow politicians and journalists as “c*cksuckers.”