Karol G was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and she did not disappoint. Along with her eclectic performances, Karol G also made a subtle statement against the popular photo-editing software, Photoshop.
She appeared at the end of the five-minute sketch, “Spanish Class,” as the prima (cousin) of two new, Cuban-born students on their first day of Spanish class. Portrayed by SNL host Ana de Armas and castmate Marcello Hernandez, their excellent speaking skills outmatch their teacher before he rushes out of the classroom in embarrassment. Karol G steps in to assist in the classroom, playing a reggaeton-beat alphabet song that gets the class dancing.
During the skit, the Colombian singer/songwriter is seen wearing a black T-shirt with the word “Photoshop” crossed out in a large design. The statement comes a week after Karol G made a public announcement in reference to her GQ Mexico cover shoot, in which she claimed that the magazine photoshopped the singer’s body without her permission.
In response to the unexpected Photoshop, Karol G posted a selfie showing her natural beauty along with the cover of the magazine, captioning a lengthy message about feeling “disrespected” from seeing her body and face being altered. “My face doesn’t look like that, my body doesn’t look like that, and I feel very happy and comfortable with how I look naturally,” wrote the singer.
While she thanked GQ Mexico for the amazing opportunity, the “Tusa” singer expressed the compelling need to speak out against Photoshop. “Beyond feeling that it is disrespectful to me, it’s disrespectful to women who wake up every day looking to feel comfortable with themselves despite society’s stereotypes.”
Karol G has received tremendous support after her message, including from Grammy-winning actress, Jamie Lee Curtis.
“I’m so happy that @karolg is bringing awareness to an issue I have been concerned about for a long time,” wrote Curtis on Instagram, encouraging young people to continue disapproving of the editing application. “We are human beings. We are not AI and this genocide against what is naturally beautiful is alarming and needs to be talked about.” We love to see women uplifting each other.
The reggaeton and Latin trap artist released her fourth studio album, Mañana Será Bonito, earlier this year in February, beautifully performing two tracks off the album, “MIENTRAS ME CURO DEL CORA” and “TUS GAFITAS” at her SNL appearance.
Karol G is making a positive impact toward criticizing the overuse of Photoshop in favor of natural beauty, and we hope to see her back on SNL in the future!
Top photo: Screengrab from “Spanish Class – SNL” from @SaturdayNightLive on Youtube