Sticking up for J. Lo

Jlo_lShe may be "Jenny From the Block," but you won’t find Jennifer Lopez’s CDs in your corner record shop — at least, not if you frequent the Ritmo Latino chain of stores. David Massry, Ritmo Latino’s president, announced this weekend that he would no longer stock any of J.Lo’s albums due to her alleged refusal to make promotional appearances at his locations. Massry went on to accuse Lopez of "discriminat[ing] against the Latin community," somehow managing to forget the salient facts that 1) her new album is sung entirely in Spanish and being marketed primarily to the Latin community, and 2) she is herself a proud member of the Latin community.

I’d dismiss Massry as a lone crank, were his actions not part of a frightening new trend in the record biz. Remember last fall, when Trans World Entertainment — a conglomerate that owns Sam Goody, Strawberries, F.Y.E., and other mall-friendly retailers — pulled Scissor Sisters’ spectacular Ta-Dah from its shelves because lead singer Jake Shears criticized their sky-high prices? Or a few months back, when Tower Records chose to shutter each and every one of its locations rather than submit to the indignity of selling a single copy of K-Fed’s Playing With Fire? (Okay, that last one didn’t happen.)

This spiraling cycle of retail-iation (see what I did there?) must stopimmediately, for everyone’s good. After all, it’s not as ifbrick-and-mortar record stores can afford to lose any more businessthan they already have! Maybe this is all part of an elaboratereverse-psychology plot to lure irate customers in. Or perhaps thelong, slow tanking of the CD market has finally driven these merchantsmad. Either way, the duty is yours, PopWatchers: March to your localRitmo Latino outlet and demand to purchase a copy of J. Lo’s new album(or at least, y’know, politely suggest that they reconsider banning it).


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  • Hoboken Idol

    Maybe if we could just get the Wal-marts, Targets, FYE, Best Buys and Towers of the world to join in on this ban, we could get J-Lo to go away forever!

  • Victor Perez

    She may consider herself a “proud member of the Latin community” or whatever, but she is a hypocrite and a snob who looks down and spits on those who aren’t rich and famous like her..

  • Ep sato

    J-lo is a proud Latina? HOW? Rosie Perez got arrested for protesting on behalf of Vieques. Where was J.lo during all that? Dating a rapper. J lo comes “back to us” when it’ll help her make money, but is notably NON-Latina when it helps her career out. She forgot all about latinos when her star was rising. But now that she hasn’t been making hits or movies what does she do? NOW she makes the all Spanish album and NOW she makes the Hector Lavoe movie. After dating the whitest whiteboy in all Hollywood and the lamest Black stereotype to ever become a producer she decided to get conscious and hooked up with Marc Anthony. Don’t these moves seem a little calculated to anyone else?
    Good turn by Ritmo Latino.

  • nini72

    why do latin people hate J-LO so much? she has worked hard for what she has. people are just jelous.

  • confidential

    Spell Jealous?

  • confidential

    Regardless of the politics of where here album will be sold…. SHE CAN”T SING IN ANY LANGUAGE!!!!!

  • Victor Perez

    Number one: it is NOT about jealousy. it is about respect, which j-lo does not have for her fans. she is mean and rude, and she deserves this and much worse..
    Number two: LEARN TO SPELL.

  • Nessa

    I wish we could ban her from everything. Singing, fashion, movies and existence.

  • Nessa

    I wish we could ban her from everything. Singing, fashion, movies and existence.

  • fredric

    People do seemingly like to hate J-Lo. I don’t think there’s much substantial evidence to support it though. She’s always been real about where she comes from, so I don’t see the point in the accusation, but more importantly, her creative choices haven’t been so great lately.

  • Jason

    There is too much hatred being stated on this blog about someone they don’t know. I think Ritmo Latino is making a mistake, not because it’s J-Lo, but because the mortar and brick stores are having enough time as it is and then to alienate fans of an artist (any artist) is being counterproductive.

  • Jon

    J.Lo is total coconut and a chameleon who shows certain colors when it’s professionally convenient. She’s a total sell out who has come crawling back to the Latin community now that her career is bottoming out. But the bottom line is her records shouldn’t be banned because she wouldn’t do some publicity. They should be banned she sucks at singing and her entire repertoire of music is lame.

  • confidential

    She is battling Britney, Lindsey and Hillary for the title of WORST SINGER EVER!!!! Any other suggestions for worst singer out there???

  • Kate

    I don’t really like JLo that much. I think he songs are really not that good, the lyrics are horrible. I especially hate “Jenny From The Block”.

  • t3hdow

    I’ve always been indifferent to J-Lo, so the animosity doesn’t resonate as much for me like some of you (especially since I don’t hear much from her anymore). On the one hand I have to agree with Jason on the mortar and brick stores bit. In the age of digital music taking away most CD sales, it’s probably not the greatest move in the world. On the other hand, if she’s this hated during this point of her career – as some of you guys’ responses reflect -then banning J. Lo’s new CD hardly matters in the long run.

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