On August 8th Contributor Errol McLeish wrote eloquently about a state funded event in Jamaica at which Reggae artiste Ventrice Morgan(Queen Ifrica) performed and was accused of making anti-homosexual remarks. I must confess I am a fan of Queen Ifrica, as such my ability to be fair and objective as far as she is concerned may be questionable.
Accusations against Queen Ifrica according to The Jamaica Online Star, during a performance at the Grand Gala on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, Queen Ifrica made statements glorifying male straightness and heterosexual marriage.
The Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) expressed disappointment over anti-gay statements stating that her sentiments are an example of the constant prejudice that is being allowed to take prominence on the national stage in Jamaica. They also stated that the remarks she made bears some resemblance to statements fellow reggae recording artiste Tony Rebel made at the same event last year.
Queen Ifrica responded, “Like myself, I think they are exercising their right to speak for what they believe in. However, I think it is unfair for them to incriminate me when there is no incrimination there. I simply spoke for what I believed in. They should simply speak from what they believe in but not try to tarnish my character in the process.” She went on to say, “I never caused the beheading of anyone. If I did then there would be a problem. Until a member of the gay community can give birth from their union they should not be abrasive to heterosexuals, because they came from that union.”
It is no longer taboo just to speak out against homosexuality, it is now taboo to celebrate Heterosexuality. People I want you to be aware of what is happening here under the guise of tolerance . Read the last three paragraphs again and you decide whether this is about tolerance. No, it is about free speech. Gays and Lesbians have a right to live in a world free from violence and discrimination like everyone else. That however does not mean that they are somehow beyond criticism. People criticize God the creator of the Universe. Even so there is nothing here which suggests that Queen Ifrica spoke disparagingly about gays, so I ask where is the beef?
If the degenerate Gay community believes that straight people should not have an opinion on sexuality they should step forward and say so. Not to be outdone the Sodomy-loving Administration of Portia Simpson Miller, dived headlong into the fray. Never mind that to date it is a felony for anyone caught engaging in homosexual acts in Jamaica. Whether Simpson Miller and her band of Clowns like the law or not , it is the law, and the Government has a duty to uphold the laws. Throwing her support behind homosexuality to score political points as she did against Bruce Golding, was tacky, cheap, predictable and uninformed. Of course what other adjectives could be used to describe her?
The Ministry of Youth and Culture says it will be reviewing the system of contractual engagement of artistes for national events to ensure there is no recurrence of an incident in which one artiste was accused of using anti-homosexual lyrics at Tuesday’s Grand Gala — the main Independence event. “The ministry expresses our regret that the Grand Gala stage was used by one artiste, Queen Ifrica, as a platform to express her personal opinions and views on matters that may be considered controversial, rather than to perform in the agreed scripted and rehearsed manner consistent with the thematic production,” a ministry statement said yesterday, without saying what section of the lyrics were considered offensive.
There are innumerable instances where Jamaicans abuse people with whom they disagree, that includes people of differing sexual orientation. On the instances where these incidents occur, we must all condemn them , we should expect that the laws will be utilized to the fullest extent that they apply to protect all Jamaicans, even if they are engaged in homosexuality. It is within the purview of courts to deal with criminal offenders, not juiced up mobs.
Conversely there is no law anywhere in Jamaican statute just yet,which dictates that those opposed to homosexuality should glorify, respect, or celebrate something they fundamentally believe to be wrong, both legally and spiritually. Jamaicans should not bow to pressure and accept a lifestyle they know and believe to be alien and contrary to their values. They should not allow themselves to be shackled or muzzled because of threats and intimidation.
If Portia Simpson Miller and her minions believe she has consensus on this issue she should put it to a vote and allow the people to decide what kind of country they want. Simpson Miller and her gay supporters and financiers do not have a right to shove an alien lifestyle down the throats of the Jamaican people, and that”s my word.