Fans blast Logan Paul for accusing Bad Bunny of tax hypocrisy over Puerto Rico’s tax plan

Music fans are taking a stand against controversial YouTuber Logan Paul for accusing Puerto Rican reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny of profiting from the island’s generous foreign tax breaks, which the singer previously criticized.

Mr Paul, who said the “main reason” for his move to the island in 2021 was financial benefits, accused Bad Bunny of being a hypocrite during an appearance on the island this week Philip DeFranco Show on Youtube.

“It’s hard because I love Bad Bunny. I think he’s a great entertainer, I think he’s a generational talent, but I find it hypocritical because Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican who lives in Puerto Rico and privately benefits from a tax program that he publicly condemns,” said Mr. Paul .

Mr. Paul was referring to Act 22, a 2012 law that allows foreign businesspeople to receive a tax exemption on passive income such as stocks and crypto when investing in local home ownership.

In a recent music video for his song “El Apagón”, Bad Bunny shows a documentary on inequality in Puerto Rico, where journalist Bianca Graulau names Mr. Paul as one of the wealthy foreigners driving gentrification, environmental degradation and inequality on the island.

Mr. Paul provided no evidence for his claims, only saying “I know that” and “There are local Puerto Ricans who know about this” on the YouTube show.

“While I love Bad Bunny, I cannot personally support the hypocritical nature of his exploitation,” added Mr. Paul.

The Independent has reached out to Bad Bunny, his manager, and Logan Paul for comment.

It seems unlikely that Bad Bunny is benefiting from the program the vlogger is referring to. Those born in Puerto Rico don’t pay U.S. federal taxes, but they’re also largely ineligible for the incentive tax systems that the island’s government has instituted in recent years.

To benefit from Act 22, recipients must not have lived in Puerto Rico for the past 10 years; Bad Bunny, real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, lived in San Juan only 2020 and was born in Puerto Rico.

Fans of the artist and residents of Puerto Rico were furious at the accusation.

“BREAKING: White colonizer attempts to expose and bend the truth after his feelings were hurt after being labeled a colonizer,” Twitter user @elcielodeabril wrote in response to a clip of Mr. Paul discussing Bad Bunny .

Claims of profiting from the tax program are a serious matter in Puerto Rico, where many locals feel the government sold the island to wealthy foreign businessmen and investors to escape a years-long government financial crisis.

As one resident says in the Bad Bunny music video, “We will be foreigners in our own country if things continue in their current case.”

The influx of new property owners in Puerto Rico also had environmental impacts, destroying important mangrove habitats and closing off stretches of beach that are public under Puerto Rican law.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/logan-paul-bad-bunny-puerto-rico-b2197487.html Fans blast Logan Paul for accusing Bad Bunny of tax hypocrisy over Puerto Rico’s tax plan

JOE HERNANDEZ

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