Shakira was trending on social media this weekend — which, considering her status as a global pop star, isn’t all that surprising.
The reason for it, though, was because a group of Paris Saint-Germain fans unveiled a misogynistic banner directed at her ahead of their Champions League matchup with Barcelona this week.
And fans, naturally, weren’t happy.
Fans rush to defend Shakira on social media
Shakira, of course, is a Barcelona fan — thanks largely to her longtime partner and Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Pique is still battling a knee injury and will be sidelined for Wednesday’s Champions League leg.
A group of PSG fans, though, still came for Shakira in Paris on Sunday night.
Fans lit up flares and held up several banners throughout the French capital — including one that essentially called Shakira a prostitute.
“Shakira a la Jonquera,” references the town of La Jonquera, which is situated on the border of Catalonia and France and is known in part for its brothels.
— Paname-ReBirth (@PanameReBirth) March 7, 2021
The banner isn’t a new thing, either. Similar attacks have been made against Shakira in the soccer world for years.
On Sunday, though, fans on the internet quickly rushed to Shakira’s defense — which is why the hashtag #RespectShakira started trending.
🙏| 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 pic.twitter.com/7jhTOzTuX2
— The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) March 8, 2021
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. She doesn’t deserve it as does no woman. We shouldn’t stand by and accept her being degraded. #RespectShakira https://t.co/gS9dvikuKK
— kal (@FallingIntoShak) March 7, 2021
Dozens started replying to a tweet from PSG’s official account celebrating International Women’s Day, too.
— SHAKIRA PACK sad/cruel era (@shakiraa2000) March 8, 2021
Barcelona and PSG will square off on Wednesday in the second leg of the Round of 16. PSG holds a 4-1 lead after a dominant showing in Barcelona last month.
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