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Queen Ifrica a royal disgrace

Published:Friday | August 9, 2013 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

There's a time and place for everything, and if we can't set standards and expectations, our people will have difficulty improving themselves and advancing this beautiful country of ours.

The utterances by Queen Ifrica at the recent Grand Gala celebrations were appalling. As the nation celebrated its 51st anniversary of Independence, the artiste took to the stage during her act to appeal to the PM, who was present, not to repeal the antiquated buggery law, a controversial issue in recent years.

She also urged the PM not to give in to any international pressure on the matter. Now, Queen Ifrica, like anyone else, is entitled to her opinion. She is also entitled to express it. We do have freedom of speech, which is how we encourage debate and conversation on any topical issue.

However, using this particular platform for a national celebratory event to promote her own personal opinion was inappropriate, insensitive and out of line. It wouldn't have been any different if she announced publicly her support for the PNP over the JLP, and urged Jamaicans to do the same, or had she used some derogatory or hateful lyrics in her act.

animosity or divide

To use the Grand Gala to make a political statement or to attempt to create animosity or divide at an event that is supposed to be about national unity and togetherness shows ignorance and lack of awareness.

She may not realise it, but gay Jamaicans are actually Jamaicans also. As such, they are fully entitled to celebrate all things Jamaican, just like her. I wonder if she realised that many members of the audience watching and enjoying her performance right there in the stadium also happened to be gay!

It may even surprise her to know that without the talents of many who may also be gay, there would not have been any Grand Gala! I hope the Queen (and I use the word 'Queen' very loosely) was strongly reprimanded after her unfortunate rant.

Organisers of these events should ensure that artistes agree to, and abide by, certain codes of ethics during their performances. At some point, they must learn.

PETE DELISSER

pdelisser1988@yahoo.com