Singer goes topless at Grammys to protest police brutality
Chilean singer Mon Laferte went topless to protest police brutality in while walking the red carpet at the Latin Grammy Awards.
As part of a political statement, the singer-songwriter exposed her chest during the awards show in Las Vegas on Thursday, October 15, in protest of police brutality in Chile. Wearing a black wool coat and green neckerchief, she took to the red carpet in front of the paparazzi, and bared her breasts for the cameras.
Written on her chest were the words: "En Chile torturan violan y matan" on her chest, which translates to "In Chile, they torture, rape and kill."
Check out Mon Laferte's acceptance speech at the Latin Grammys below:
Per British newspaper The Guardian, the South American nation has endured a time of tense political uncertainty over the last year, with mass demonstrations over political exclusion and economic inequality leading to much violence.
The protests were originally sparked by a hike over in subway fares, but have since snowballed into calls for mass economic and socio-political reform.
More than 20 people have died as a result of the protests, with five of those deaths attributed to the state. President Sebastián Piñera's regime has been accused of the torture, rape and abuse of demonstrators and civilians during the crackdown.
According to USA Today, in an emotional acceptance speech delivered to a cheering audience, Laferte stated: "I want to thank first my team, who follows me through all the crazy things I do ... and especially to the public, the people, the fans that are there; without people nothing could happen."
Mon Laferte had the honor of bagging herself the award for Best Alternative Album for "Norma" - an album that she and her producers allegedly recorded in just one take. She dedicated the award to her home country, with calls for peace and an end to the atrocities.