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Funny jokes humorous to some, misleading to others

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Alliance dancehall artiste Assailant is warning parents to protect their children from the image being portrayed by male social media comedians for their wig-wearing antics. According to the deejay, he became very disturbed when he saw a video of an underage male, who was trying to act like the wig-wearing comedians he saw on the Internet.

The deejay says the practice might be seen as humour for some persons, however, children are being misled and confused as to how they should behave.

Some of the wig-wearing male comedians include Ellie the Viner, Tony Matterhorn, Quite Perry, Princemarni and Hollywoodsquimc.

“I decided to speak on this because children live what they learn and if this is what we teach them, then this is how they will live. I believe in equality for all, but I also know that it is wrong for us to feed this type of behaviour to our kids. They will grow up accepting it and thinking it's cool, when in reality, this cross-dressing thing is the decision of adults who might or might not have personal issues with their sexuality,” Assailant told The Gleaner.

The deejay also launched a Facebook campaign on his personal page, where he sought to socialise his fans about the dangers of 'wig-wearing' practices. He said proper parenting will be integral in order to steer children in a direction that is socially accepted. 

“Comedian or not, adults must be responsible enough to protect the children. Also in times like these, with social media being so accessible, we should promote and highlight positive behaviour. It is always easy to walk the wrong road, but if we choose to walk easy, then we are weak. To the parents, now is the time to teach the children right and wrong. Give them a chance to grow up and make the right decision,” he said.

Judging a book by its cover

Assailant’s mentor, Bounty Killer, also spoke out against wig-wearing comedians earlier this year, specifically directing his fury at Tony Matterhorn. However, speaking with The Gleaner in a recent interview, some of the wig-wearing comedians claimed the practice was only intended for entertainment and should not be used to define their sexuality.

“I know how Jamaicans are, so I don't go all out and wear wigs. I only wear the towel on my head, but my tone and masculine demeanor doesn't change because I don't want people to label me as gay. Don't judge a book by it's cover. People are sometimes harsh with their criticism, but they should remember that at the end of the day, it's just acting," Ellie the Viner said.

Popular social media comedian Dutty Berry says the practice is merely acting, since female comedians are not always readily available to play the roles.

Social media may have brought increased attention to the practice in recent times, however, male actors have acted as females from as early as the days of William Shakespeare. The first female to appear in a Shakespeare play did so in 1660, which was 44 years after Shakespeare’s death.

Female roles in English theatre were usually executed by an adolescent male called the Boy Player. Even the legendary character of Juliet from the romance novel, Romeo and Juliet, was played by a Boy Player.