Madonna’s son has left Medellin feeling hurt and under-appreciated after posting a photo of the city labeling it as the “cocaine center of Columbia,” which has not only rubbed people the wrong way because of the drugs reference, but also because he misspelled “Colombia.”
Neither Rocco nor his pop-diva mom have made any public comments, but many in Medellin want an apology.
“It is outrageous that this is happening…and if that’s what he believes, his mother should say something. It is an insult to the city that has been so hospitable to her,” said city promoter Luis Guillermo Sossa.
Although some have brushed off the comments as just teenage naiveté, not everyone agrees.
“The thing that offends me most about this,” said one Medellin resident, “is that it is just one more phrase that invites tourists to get wasted on my homeland, there’s more here than sex and drugs.”
This seems to be the reoccurring theme among the infuriated inhabitants of Colombia’s second city.
“I know that Colombia is recognized abroad for the cultivation and trafficking of coca, but it is a sadness for the country to be subjected to these kinds of comments and opinions…I think it comes from people who know little of our country. Colombia is much more than coca,” said another resident.