Gerardo Ortiz’s latest music video “Fuiste Mía” has generated a lot of talk in the past couple of weeks for promoting violent content, specifically femicide. Although concerned viewers and the Mexican Secretariat of the Interior have condemned the clip and repeatedly asked social media and other websites to take it down, mixed opinions have surfaced in the middle of the controversy.

Ortiz’s good friend and fellow regional Mexican singer, Julión Álvarez, shared his opinion on the issue earlier this week and revealed he supported Ortiz’s artistic decisions. “As an artist, you always have to try something new,” Álvarez said during an interview with the Mexican media. “I know Gera, he is my friend, and his work team is also very professional. I think the intention was never to offend anyone, and things are just being looked at from a bad point of view.”

The 32-year-old singer added that the media attention the video has obtained could potentially be what draws kids into watching the material in the first place. “I do dare to stand up for Gera and all his team. I do think this is a bit exaggerated, especially for kids out there. I too have done things I didn’t like to do,” he concluded.

Ortiz addressed the situation during a press conference on Monday and stated that he doesn’t believe there is anything wrong or outrageous about his music clip. In addition, he mentioned that “Fuiste Mía” is not the only TV or film production out there featuring this kind of content.

The 26-year-old singer defended himself by saying that “it was never his intention to offend anyone” and was glad that “his video has gotten everyone talking about this delicate topic.”

“Fuiste Mía” is still up on YouTube and has been viewed 25,470,329 since it was first published on January 28.