"A woman's body is not public property, it is not a commodity for your marketing strategy." Forceful and direct. This is how Rosalía addressed the musician Juan Manuel Cortés Reyes –JC Reyes– condemning him to manipulate some of his images and use them on his social networks, also hinting that there had been something between them when it has never been like that. "Those photos were edited and you created a false narrative around when I don't even know you," he added.
It all began on Tuesday night, when the singer JC Reyes dedicated himself to uploading some photographs of the Catalan to his Instagram Stories where he appeared with a naked torso. More than 260,000 of his followers on Instagram saw the images, which turned out to be edited by the Sevillian himself.
"The best thing you'll see today," Reyes wrote, shortly after adding another image of the artist, also manipulated. A decision that Rosalía did not approve, who described the act as "violence" on the same Tuesday afternoon.
Some acts that he tried to justify, claiming that "only her cleavage was visible", but that neither the singer nor her followers wanted to let go.
"To these women who are putting me 'what are you doing', 'how disgusting you are' … The girl only sees her neckline", he apologized, even wanting to ask for respect towards him. "Respect, huh. It's Photoshop." The singer, far from repenting, took everything as a joke.
"I was just expressing what I felt, man, it wasn't for you to get upset like that," he told his detractors, adding that "the girl" "sends" him the forums and that "uploading them would be shameless." . What's more, as if that were not enough, the Sevillian even boasted on networks that he was at number one of the most sought-after trends of the day, demonstrating that he had no remorse for what had happened.
A message that includes what the singer said in a live show, where you can see many users who applaud everything he did. For them, the one from Sant Esteve Sesrovires has a very clear message: "There is something called consent and all of you who found it funny or plausible, I sincerely hope that one day you will learn that you come from a woman, that women are sacred and that we have to be respected, bye".
At the moment, it is not known if the artist, who has been in a relationship for more than a year and a half with fellow singer Rauw Alejandro -whom she got engaged to a few weeks ago-, is going to take some kind of legal measure against the Sevillian rapper. What is certain is that her words have gone deep among her followers, who have not stopped showing her support since the controversy began.
Publishing photos without consent in Spain can constitute a crime, when the published photo or photos violate the right to honor, personal and family privacy and a person's own image. In other words, the published image may undermine the honor of people, or it is an interference in their private sphere, or suppose a violation of their right to their own image.
In this case, being also manipulated with a clear sexual objective, the acts of JC Reyes could constitute a crime, which could be prosecuted from criminal (with penalties of up to 4 years in prison), civil or administrative. Publishing photos without consent in Spain is both a criminal offense, when the right to honor, privacy and one's own image is violated, as well as an infringement of the Data Protection Law.