Homophobia in Jamaica (Part 1)

Media lies, batty man naah dead in Jamaica its just the cruel i wicked foreign media

These are the types of ridiculous and callous banners broadcasted by ignorant people when gay and Jamaica are mentioned.

By now any and every resident of our beautiful mother Earth has heard of Jamaica and its issue with homosexuality. These issues are often present in the strong anti-homosexual themes in Dancehall(different genre from Reggae) lyrics. So one may ask where is the love? why are so many Jamaicans like that? how can the international community “help”? Homosexuality in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the world has always been put in this singular frame with little attention paid to how we got to this point.

Factors that have affected the Jamaican perception of homosexuality are Christianity, the Jamaican government, the British and colonialism.

Leviticus 20:13 “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” These are words coming from the Good Book or The Holy Bible and there isn’t a doubt in my mind as to exactly what that verse is saying. It is a truly horrible excerpt with regards to human rights but its what is there. Despite heavy crime rates, Jamaica is a country which takes religion in particular the Christian faith very seriously. It is estimate that Jamaica has the most churches per square mile anywhere in the world. And with that comes the potent preaching of the gospel and in a Jamaican church nothing is sugar coated; the story is told as it is in the rawest of forms and many young Jamaicans grow up paranoid and afraid of gays, even ‘in-the-closet’ homosexuals. With the combination of poverty, political divides and people socially ostracized there is bound to be violent conflicts between various groups.

Jamaica is not the only place with religious fanatics.

The Jamaican government has long been wary of supporting homosexuality as it doesn’t under normal circumstances win votes. Unlike countries in Europe and North America which were allowed to have society run its course and move from the state ordering lynching of suspected gays(which the Jamaican state has never done) to more progressive and procreative ideals over time; often centuries. And they were not forced to modify or speed up societal change just to satisfy a particular group.

These people are trying to dilute ignorance it seems

An example of the fact that Europe had an hand to play in the spreading of homophobic rhetoric is colonialism and the implementation of European law on the newly captured lands( through the extermination of indigenous people such as the Taino). Its was the British who implemented the Buggery Law which many Dancehall artists use as their first line of defense when being accused of homophobia ironically by the same countries who brought laws condemning a chosen lifestyle to the island in the first place. One important point from this is that lesbians have rarely come under fire in the music, in fact in recent times they have been embraced in the music by ‘freaky’ artiste such as Vybz Kartel and Khago. Furthermore demonstrating the power of the a Buggery law on peoples perceptions.

One also has to remember laws were enforced in a colonial society different from how they were in the motherland (Africa for the enslaved, Europe for the slave drivers) It was a very cruel and oppressive place to be and very hypocritical because when enslaved men were raped by the masters and released in the fields he was expected to behave as if it never happens or face certain death.

In  Jamaica you have a lot of gay men who are one hundred percent sure they are gay who go around making trouble with other gay men, why? I’m not sure but I would guess they want to look macho and as straight as possible. What many foreign news outlets don’t report is many of the homosexual disputes in Jamaica(not all) are crimes of passion. For Jamaica I would suggest that the international community give them time and stop “pressuring” to behave in accordance with their beliefs. This resembles the colonial mentality which means the lesser people must adhere to what we say or else.

Les Green an English police sent to investigate hate crimes targeted at gay Jamaicans in which he came to the conclusion, “It’s just the hype from some who claim Jamaica is very anti-homosexual, but the reality is far from that. There are many homosexuals who live and work freely in Jamaica.” (Surprise, surprise)

Stay tuned in Part 2 we will be looking at homosexuality in the 21st century in Jamaica and we will be taking a keen look at popular acts such as Shebada and how he/she is pioneering being open to who you are in a society like Jamaica i.e. Christian.

Homosexuality in the Media

In the video above featuring hit singles from Tanbad and Ms. Ting you can clearly see the artist kissing and caressing another woman. (O yea Jamaica is really homophobic, we are killing lesbians and gays, yea right)

I’ve always been skeptical of foreign media and I will always be. Poor countries are used as scape goats to push agenda’s. You never hear about Saudi Arabia and the public stoning of gays, why? Saudi Arabia has the world’s oil, so they can do whatever they want to gays.

The point of all this, don’t jump on the bandwagon, when your favorite sitcom has had its finale and you have nothing else to do.


The Situation with Mr. Vegas and his baby mother Shellian is getting way too serious

This whole mix up with Clifford Smith aka Mr. Vegas and his baby mama Shelliann McBayne is getting way too serious for comfort.

In recent days following Dancehall/Reggae entertainer Mr. Vegas’ Facebook post concerning catching his baby mother Shellian in bed with a Doctor, the internet has been a wash with views and opinions concerning the private lives of these people.

This all started when Vegas posted to Facebook, comments saying he had caught his baby mother cheating in the house he bought in full view of his infant daughter. Ever since the revelation it has without question been the hottest gossip topic in the Caribbean.

Now a very popular and well known site is claiming to have the video in their possession and from reading a few of the comments on the site as well as viewing a picture of various snap shots of the interior of the home, I’m assuming there serious about their claim. The sites admin posted the following comment:

Met says:

October 7, 2012 at 12:17 am

…..a nuh vegas send out the video..I am the one who has it so mi know who send it.

So if it wasn’t Vegas who release the video, who did????

Quite frankly I’m starting to feel a bit disturbed especially concerning the child who is tangled up in this freakish mess. The comments being made by those who have claim to have seen the video are really disgusting and if true….I really don’t know.

Met says:

October 7, 2012 at 1:15 am

shelli seh a respectable man and di man laydown wid him penis a look pan di infant relax back ..people mi haffi go pray fi dem dis need prayers

*in reference to the Doc
What the hell! These are some very, very, very serious claims and the thing is there is no turning back now and things are just bound to blow waaaay out of proportion. I see lawsuits and all kind of hullabaloo in the near future and local backlash i.e. in Jamaica hasn’t even fully kicked in as yet.

You know all of this could has been avoided. Remember you know, Shelliann was originally with another entertainer before Vegas; Goofy now called Mr. G. When the relationship collapse G didn’t have many kind remarks regarding his ex love. In fact something crossed my mind the other day.

You remember that song by Red Rat; Goofy’s long time friend and musical collaborator called ‘Shellian’ You remember don’t you?

That girl, that girl Shellian/ A gwaan like she nice and have one bag a man

Those were the lyrics to the song, so I’m wondering…..lets not make any assumptions here.

Regardless of what we think the weight of this fiasco rests in their laps, I’m just hoping for the best.

Here is the link to Jamaica’s most notorious gossip site: Jamaican Groupie Met Mr.Vegas video.

Yendi Phillips gives birth and welcomes child into the world

Congratulations Yendi!!!

After all the buzz and excitement Jamaican beauty queen Yendi Phillips has finally given birth. Is it a boy or girl, lets wait and find out!

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips, gave birth yesterday.

The effervescent beauty queen’s announcement of her pregnancy on the social network website Facebook caused a stir when she revealed that the child’s father was popular dancehall act Chino McGregor, son of Reggae artiste Freddy McGregor.

Congrats Yendi! Regardless of all the passa passa and confusion you came out strong and carried you child, I’m really happy for you!
Check out this interview when she was pregnant.
It’s a baby girl people, once again congratulation Yendi and Chino. Bless up unu pitmey, don’t watch people.

Growing a child without a father

Every child deserves a father.

Raising a young man or woman without the presence of a significant other namely the father of the child can be a financially demanding and emotionally strenuous feat. Regardless many women in the Caribbean and the world kick their inhibitions to the curb and put on gear for raising children solo.

So how do they go about it; pure hard work. Many sleepless nights because of twenty-four hour shifts. Due to this relentless and unforgiving work regime many women resort to leaving their young with a family member such as an aunt or grandmother or a close friend who they feel comfortable leaving the children with. As a many children in this scenario grow up like a barrel child. See the previous post: Barrel children and the Caribbean diaspora.

This reality may be hard to come to terms with for the trying woman but it is one that exists in abundance in many, notably in Jamaica. Love and affection are not in the amounts they could have been. Out of this scenario, if the child is reasonable (not as easy to do as you may think) when contemplating why mom never hugged he/she will consider the sacrifices they made and will just move on and work to ensure the same faith doesn’t reach their off spring.

Take care of yourselves out there and make strict decisions when selecting a mate and don’t just choose the one with money or who gives you good sex. Even though you can never be sure who is who.

Do you think abortion should be legalized?

For the past few decades an argument which for so long was bound and shackled in the deepest darkest corners of secrecy for fear of scandal and shame has been pushed to the front as the rates soar through the roofs.

Abortion is practiced which lifespan we may not be able to calculate nor comprehend. It is a practice define as the permanent termination of a fetal form or life if you like.

So why the big fuss? Shouldn’t a woman *I DON’T KNOW WHY THE MAN IS ALWAYS IGNORED IN ALL OF THIS*  be able to decide what and what not to do with her body. Well since we are all apart of a society in some way or another we must respect or at least recognize the laws of the land. These laws which often have their base in spiritual foundation say no way to abortion.

The rebuttal often posed is that a lady can make better herself more easily without the burden of a child and a partner who poses the risk of flight, leaving her alone to nurture a life.

So who makes the decision the woman or the woman and the man? Either way the life of a potential doctor, lawyer, teacher, blogger dangles on high in a stressed and windy circus.

Take a look at this chart concerning abortion in the developed world:

Abortion in the developed world.

So what are your thoughts on the issue?

Reverend Ronald Thwaites as pulled the plug on a book which, “promotes homosexuality “

Ronald Thwaites

Jamaican Member of Parliament(MP) Reverend Ronald “Ronnie” Thwaites as pulled the plug on a book which, “promotes homosexuality “.

Here is an extract from the Jamaica Gleaner website.

The book is used by guidance counsellors to help them in steering high school students in their health and family life education programme.

But since a TVJ News exposé on Thursday night, there has been outrage that the book is endorsing homosexuality.

“I consider sections of the material inappropriate for any age and certainly for the grade 7 & 8 students for which it is designed,” Thwaites said in a release issued this afternoon.

He said the book should be rewritten and redistributed to schools adding that the family life values espoused by the ministry are those based on the Christian principles of sexual morality as well as compassion and tolerance for all persons.

Click here for the article and audio of Reverend Thwaites.

Well as I said before in the blog Homosexuality in the Media everyone has a right to be who they want to be however the freedom of a member society to express his/her views on an issue must not be short changed in the name of compassion/hypocrisy.

P.S. Jamaica is not the most homophobic country in the world we have gay rights groups and openly gay people living very normal lives. Recently in Russia a Madonna show was canceled because “she was encouraging homosexual behaviour” which is strickly prohibited in Russia.

No one spoke out, but if this were to happen in Jamaica… well you know headlines like, “WARNING! Jamaica not safe for gays” and stuff like that.

So what are your thoughts on the Minister of Education decision?