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Roger Clarke blazes social media with the 'chicken back' dance

Published:Monday | September 2, 2013 | 4:13 PM

Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter

Seems Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke can't stay out of the news.

This time, it's his dancing skills being called into question.

A photo of the minister and an unidentified dance partner 'getting on bad' has been swirling around social media since Sunday.

The duo was caught on camera at a People's National Party meeting at the Port Antonio High School in Portland on Sunday.

In the photo, the robust Clarke is on tiptoe behind a willing, and equally plump, damsel.

The dance is now being dubbed by some as 'The Chicken Back Dance' after Clarke's recent comments concerning the shortage of the popular poultry dish.

Others have been labeling it 'The Oxtail' as that was Clarke's alternative when asked about the fowl fiasco.

Also playing on the oxtail angle, or perhaps a 'moo'ving tribute to beef and cattle, unflattering photos of bovines engaging in 'reproductive' activities have also appeared in cyberspace juxtaposed to the minister's moves.

An animation, with a 'daggering' Clarke, and set to snippets of popular dancehall songs including Beenie Man and Ms Thing's Dude, was released shortly after on entertainment website

The animation, complete with dazzling colours, is among the website's top five trending videos for the day.

Since the photo appeared on the internet various comments have been posted on social networking sites.

But Clarke is no stranger to being the butt of jokes.

In 2007, while demonstrating the proliferation of cellphones spawned during his party's reign, Clarke famously declared persons could now call themselves, bellowing "Hello, hello, hello" to a frenzied party gathering.

He also boasted about his ability to consume copious amounts of rice daily and has been drawn by a popular cartoonist with a gargantuan bowl of the popular starch ever since.

And earlier this year, his chicken back comments led to outcry from various groups, who accused him of not being in touch with the plight of ordinary Jamaicans.


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