Fans Defend Shakira From "Misogynistic" Banner Ahead of Gerard Piqué's Soccer Match

The hashtag #RespectShakira started trending after a banner directed at the singer was seen ahead of a soccer match.

By Elyse Dupre Mar 08, 2021 10:02 PMTags
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Fans are standing by Shakira.

On March 7, the hashtag #RespectShakira started trending on Twitter after photos of banners directed at the 44-year-old singer spread online.

According to pictures shared on social media, one of the banners read "Shakira a La Jonquera." La Jonquera, per a 2012 piece by The New York Times, is located on the border of France and Spain and has "one of the largest brothels in Europe."

The Sun reported the sign was held by a group of Paris Saint-Germain fans. The team is scheduled to face off against Barcelona's squad in the UEFA Championship League on Wednesday, March 10.

As fans are well aware, Shakira's longtime love Gerard Piqué plays for Barcelona. Although, the pro, who shares two kids with the "Hips Don't Lie" star, is not expected to play in the match due to a knee injury. 

This wasn't the first time Shakira had been targeted. In 2012, photos spread of sports fans passing around a naked blow-up doll with "Shakira" written on the back after Real Madrid won the Spanish league title, which Barcelona had won the past three years in a row. Banners directed at the Grammy winner were also seen at a 2016 game.

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After these photos resurfaced, the artist's fans took to social media to slam this behavior.

"It's 2021 and they still get away with disgustingly sexist comments made on banners, sexist chants aimed at her etc...It's a regular occurrence that's gone on for years," one follower tweeted. "She doesn't deserve it as does no woman. We shouldn't stand by and accept her being degraded. #RespectShakira."

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Added another, "Time and again we are seeing instances of hardworking women being insulted or slut-shamed, be it in music industry or, in this instance, the soccer world. It's time we raise our voices and denounce such misogyny. #RespectShakira #WomensHistoryMonth."

Tweeted a third, "This seriously needs to stop. Football teams, or ANYONE, shouldn't make derogatory/misogynistic terms towards Shakira, or any other woman. Stop. #RespectShakira."