While on stage at a concert last week, Cuban-American rapper Pitbull blasted anyone who does not like the United States, telling them “F–k you” and to go to countries like Cuba “and you’ll see how much you appreciate the United States of America.”
“To whoever the f–k doesn’t like the United States of America, may God bless you, but f–k you at the same time,” Pitbull said to thunderous cheers from the audience. “If you don’t like the United States of America, go back to the countries that we the f–k from, and you’ll see how much you appreciate the United States of America.”
While it is unclear exactly which performance the video is from, the first-generation American has been frequently vocal about his support for freedom and the United States.
Earlier this year, Pitbull condemned communism and strongly encouraged people to stand up for freedom as mass protests against Cuba’s communist dictatorship overwhelmed the island nation.
“This is a message to the world. We need to stand up, step up. But if you don’t understand what’s going on, then you need to wake the f*** up,” the Cuban-American said in a video posted on Twitter. “Not only is this a Cuba event, a Cuba thing, this is a world event. This isn’t about politics. This is about saving lives. This is about unity, not division. And bottom line, it’s about taking action. Let me tell you something, why I’m frustrated and when I see everybody out there and doing what they’re doing, which I love what they’re doing. Okay, because not only do we live for freedom, we ride for freedom, we die for freedom, but we motherf***ing appreciate freedom.”
“We need to get creative, we need to figure out solutions while they’re losing their lives over there literally for something that we wake up every day and appreciate, which is freedom. So to everybody out there, stand up, step up,” he continued. “And if you don’t understand, get with the motherfucking program and wake up because this is about freedom and it’s about human rights. And everybody in Cuba keep the fight up.”
At the end of the video, Pitbull spoke directly to the Cuban people in Spanish, saying their courage is “going to motivate and inspire the world, so they can see what it is to live and die for liberty.”
In a 2015 video celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month, Pitbull explained that his mother came to the U.S. from Cuba through a program known as Operation Peter Pan and his father through a visa lottery.
“They knew what this country had to offer is that you could control your own destiny,” Pitbull said. “You had opportunity. And you had the number one thing which was and which is freedom.”
“So there’s a lot of history there, definitely very deeply rooted and that’s why I appreciate every opportunity this country has to offer,” he added.