Rapper Pitbull hosted the American Music Awards for the second year in a row Sunday night, this time referencing his Cuban heritage in the name of ratings, and joking about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.
After a short performance by Taylor Swift to start the awards ceremony, Pitbull entered the stage and transitioned with a joke about the popular singer.
“She just sold another 68 million albums!” he said.
Pitbull, who was notably absent his signature sunglasses, didn’t wait long before inserting a few jokes about his Cuban heritage into the monologue.
“ABC found out last year that when I spoke just three Spanish words, ratings went up 142 percent, so get ready for three hours of just subtitles!” the rapper joked. “You guys already know I’m Cuban, but you know America, not all Latinos are Mexican — maybe we are,” After a pause from the crowd, he continued:
“Black, white, pink, purple, orange, Asian, Latinos — and guess what? President Obama said, we can all stay!”
Some reactions to the show on Twitter:
Pitbull makes me wish Obama would seriously reconsider his immigration laws. #AMAs
— Matt Laughery (@mattlaughery) November 24, 2014
I don’t know why I’m watching the AMAs because everything has made me angry except for Pitbull’s comment on immigration
— Bridget Carl (@bcarl2244) November 24, 2014
— Tim Toth (@Tim_Toth63) November 24, 2014