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Tweet blues: MP says sorry to Miss Jamaica World finalist

Published:Monday | July 22, 2013 | 7:55 AM

Damion Mitchell - Editor Radio & Online

North West St Ann MP Dr Dayton Campbell has apologised to one of the finalists in the Miss Jamaica World pageant following an offensive comment he posted on Twitter last night.

Shortly after Jenaae Jackson was announced the contestant with the 'best shape', the Government MP took to the social media website tweeting: "bout best shape, she shape like the Jamaican economy."

The comment by the MP triggered widespread condemnation from Twitter users who regarded the post as irresponsible and inappropriate.

"Our values are eroding slowly but surely," tweeted sports expert Carole Beckford.

Another follower @dpos_smith simply tweeted "Irresponsible!"

Dr Campbell would later remove the post and say sorry for his comment.

In one of two posts expressing remorse at his tweet Campbell tweeted: "To whom much is given much is expected, I should know better. Sorry madam. Apologies also to people in twitter land."

Jenaae went on to be placed first runner-up to the 2013 Miss Jamaica World Gina Hargitay, Miss Nirvana Magazine.

Second runner up was Amanda McCreath - Miss Margaritaville Jamaica.

In May, Campbell also came in for harsh criticism after supporting the views of Kingston Mayor Angela Brown Burke that the media were biased.

He made the suggestion because on the same night TVJ had the Opposition leader, Andrew Holness on the current affairs programme, All Angles, CVM had Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw on its programme Direct.

Campbell, in a series of exchanges with his followers insisted that the Prime Minister or the Finance Minister should have been invited on the programmes.

There was also outrage against the MP in February when he posted an anti-gay tweet after R&B artiste Frank Ocean accepted an award at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Ocean had last year disclosed that he had once been involved in a homosexual relationship.


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