"Objection" is the first song written by Shakira purely in English. "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio", on the other hand, is sung in Spanish. Both songs share the same rhythm, which is quite similar to the Uruguayan-Argentine tango "La Cumparsita". This tango is sampled in the intro, only modulated.
The song starts out as a classical tango, with a piano, accompanied by a contrabass, and a bandoneon. However, when the drums join in, it turns more into a latin rock song, with two electric guitars, and bass. Interestingly, the bandoneon (on the off-beat) turns into an accordion. In the music video, Shakira is later depicted playing an electric guitar.
The English song reached #55 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, while the Spanish version reached #16 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart. Although "Objection" did not live up to the success of Shakira's previous Top 10 singles—"Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes"—the song became a hit on MTV's TRL, peaking at #1 and staying on the countdown for 45 days. In addition, the song fared well commercially in Europe where it peaked at #12. "Objection (Tango)" charted highly in European and Oceanic countries, reaching the Top 10 in almost all. The Spanish version of the song became another hit for Shakira in the Spanish-speaking world as well.
A screenshot of Shakira with subtitles appearing in the animated segment of the music video.
The music video opens with Shakira and her ex-lover "Ruddy Betancourt Sanchez" doing a tango. When the tango stops, he leaves, the music picks up, and Shakira begins dancing. Shakira goes to a club where she finds her Ruddy and his new girlfriend, played by Tabitha Taylor. An animated sequence begins in which Shakira pokes holes in the new girlfriend's breast implants and knocks her Ruddy through a window into another room. The animated sequence ends and Shakira confronts the lovers but is pushed down onto a glass table. Two superhero parodies (one played by Daniel Southworth, best known for playing Eric Meyers in Power Rangers Time Force) of Batman and Superman (referred to in the "Making the Video" as Package Man and Zuperman by the music video's director Dave Meyers) come to her side and, with their help, she knocks out both lovers. Shakira is then seen from a Tarantino style trunk shot, smiling sadistically at the two lovers who are now bound and gagged in the trunk of her car. They attempt to scream from behind the gags, begging for freedom, but Shakira simply continues to smile at them and slams the trunk shut. The video then switches to Shakira performing in a mechanical room and reveals that she tied both of them to a spinning wheel. The wheels accelerate until they come loose and fly away.