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JLP's Grange weighs in on Kaci Fennell's Miss Universe placement

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 6:11 PM
Kaci Fennell (left) and Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange - File

Opposition Spokesperson on Gender Affairs, Entertainment & Culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has expressed disappointment in the outcome of the finals of the 63rd Miss Universe contest in Florida last night.

Grange said she is convinced that there was a genuine error of judgment in Kaci Fennell's placing.


“I have tried to suppress my endemic spirit and look at it objectively but, personally, I am convinced by the global outrage seen across the Internet that there was a genuine error of judgment in placing Miss Jamaica Universe, Kaci Fennell, fifth in a competition in which the majority of the audience seemed convinced that she should have won.”

“After reading the responses of the international media, including well-known newspapers in both the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as our own media, not to mention the indignation expressed via social media, globally, I am convinced that a serious error was made.”

“Personally, I find no fault with Kaci suggesting Bob Marley and Usain Bolt as universally accepted examples of the tremendous contributions made by our human resources in areas of international competition or cooperation.”

“I would be even more disturbed to learn that the primary cause of her placement was the length of her hair, because while that may not be considered racist, it is certainly prejudicial to women who do not believe in long, silky hair, and even more so, women of African descent who chose to wear an Afro-type hairstyle.”

“I hope the messages that have been sent since last night, whether by the audience at the event, those who watched on television, the stories dominating the media, as well as the posts across social media, have reached the eyes and ears of the promoters and judges. I hope it will encourage them to reconsider their rules, which may be prejudicial to some women and discriminatory to the culture of some people and some countries represented in the contest.”

“This is no loss as Miss Jamaica Universe, Kaci Fennell, is trending worldwide. The fact that so many people, globally, have expressed such strong sentiments on how Kaci was treated will leave an indelible mark on the competition, and probably change the environment of the contest.”

“I am proud of Kaci’s achievements and I believe that in the eyes of Jamaicans at home and abroad, she is our Miss Universe 2015. Her performance, I am sure, has increased respect for our nation and our people, especially our women, and I am looking forward to her return home when we can shower her with our gratitude for being Jamaican, and representing us gracefully, despite the odds. You go girl.”


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