Justin Bieber forgets the words to Despacito

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This is the video I referred to in my final project proposal in which Justin Bieber forgets the chorus to Despacito, a song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. Bieber sings in both English and Spanish in the popular remix of the song. To me, this indicates that Bieber, while not a competent Spanish speaker, was able to use the language performatively to obtain some sort of social capital, essentially creating content for both English and Spanish speaking audiences for his own benefit. I’ve tagged this video as code-switching, but I think it’s more the failure to do so that makes this example interesting.

Posted by Elaina Wittmer on April 12, 2018

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