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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Jamaicans and Homosexuality

I believe the entire world knows just how homophobic Jamaica is. This obvious fact is regularly advertised in many popular Dancehall and Reggae lyrics. Jamaicans are so homophobic that a past Prime Minister made it clear that he will not allow such “characters” in his cabinet. Taking all of this into consideration, the question still lingers - are Jamaicans really deeply committed to eradicating gays or are they just big fat hypocrites? I believe there is definitely something fishy going on here, pun intended. 
How far is too far in trying to get rid of this “disease”?  I strongly believe that it is being taken too far when our citizens are being abused.  It is common knowledge and in some cases well documented that persons have been beaten, denied a job or a promotion, forcefully evicted, targeted by the police (and security guards) for being homosexual and the list could go on.  Being Christian I am certainly not condoning the lifestyle, as it is strongly condemned in the bible (Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13). As Christians, however, it is not for me to take judgment into my own hands since all of us will appear before the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10).

In my opinion, Jamaica as a country has reached a sad and egotistical state, where persons defend this one “morality” so strongly that they do whatever it takes to uphold this standard while ignoring basically everything else. Persons go to the clubs and dance and go crazy over lyrics such as “BEFFORE ME TURN BATTYMAN (GAY) ME PREFER TURN RAPER (RAPIST).” So as a people, there is this deep passion against homosexuality that all other immorality just seems okay. The song lyrics suggest that being a rapist is a much better title than being labeled as a homosexual. The real fact of life is this, a fornicator; adulterer, thief, homosexual and the rapist will all end up in hell if their wrong doing is not made right. There is no section in hell hotter for homosexuals.

Strangely enough, I also think Jamaicans are big fat hypocrites on this very same subject matter. Not because of the unfair judgment but because of how supportive Jamaicans are of homosexuals. Yes, I said it supportive. What on earth are you talking about?  I hear you ask, but consider this , the majority of Jamaicans are fully aware that “Shebbada” a very popular comedian/actor is not the straightest nail in the toolbox, yet they go out and buy tickets for his plays and several of his shows are sold out with people demanding more. After seeing the plays they go out and buy his DVDs because they want to be able to see the plays over and over again.  As if that wasn’t enough, they also share his status updates and photos all over facebook! Now if they are not fans then I don’t know who is.
Jamaicans are also big fat hypocrites because it is pretty much okay for a woman to be homosexual but it is not for men. Personally, I have never seen a news story where lesbians are being beaten because of their lifestyle. I will go as far as to say that many  men even find their lifestyle as enticing. They get a “kick” from girl on girl action.

I am defending all round morality, we need to get to a stage as a country where just as strongly as we “bun out” (condemn) homosexuality we “bun out” all other immoral acts. Condemning adultery, fornication and child abuse is a great place to start as they are wrong according to the same bible. Ironically, the bible also says we should Not  be quick to point fingers on others before reviewing your own sinful lives. He who is without sin cast the first stone John 8:7.


  1. I totally agree with this article. People need to start look at themselves first before condeming others. Guess what they are all going to the same hell because sin is sin.

  2. Response to your blog by JADE FRAY who can't remember his gmail password therefore using Stephi-Ann's gmail

    Yes, it is true that there are a number of Reggae and Dancehall lyrics/ songs and artistes that oppose the lifestyle, but in reality, most cases of actual physical abuse to homosexuals are carried out by homosexuals themselves on their own homosexual partners, they are very jealous people. And yes, there a few cases of abuse on them by the straights among us, such as the recent case at UTECH, but these are few and far between. Just think how many other real instances can you recall? The reality is that these homosexuals are either affiliated with influential “society” people up town, hence protected, or associated with some “dons” in the inner cities, hence once more protected. Recall that UTECH case, only one was caught/ beaten by the guards, the other was a lecturer. Lecturer = money= uptown = protected. The student was probably getting his ass ‘wopped’ for higher grades, LOL.

    You mentioned that the cases are well documented, where are the documents? As far as I see, more and more gays are holding influential position in our Jamaican society and in the world. That means that they are in ‘pole’ position to look out for each other.

    You mention lyrics such as “me woulda turn a raper” that is just one song, by one artiste, which other instance are there of us or our music over defending this morality and making other immoralities ok? I am saddened by the lyric, and yes there is only one hell, but some actions are more heinous than others. The Bible also supports this principle, Luke 12:46-48, speaks about to whom much is given much is expected, and being beaten with many stripes or few stripes. As a just God, I don’t think He will punish those who steal to feed themselves as much as those slave lords who oversaw the killing of millions of West Africans during the Middle Passage. And I also personally think that a homosexual act is worse than an act of rape, unless that is a homosexual rape, that not important here anyways.

    So you are saying that we support homosexuals because we buy Shebada DVDs and his shows are sold out. First of all, as far as I know Shebada did not publicly declare himself a homosexual, and two, dancehall/ reggae music does not support him.

    Dancehall/ reggae music does also hit out against lesbians,
    Example Queen Ifrica Keep it yourself “Me sister not to make Natasha lift up her skirt”
    More examples are there, can’t recall anymore right now. In fact Dancehall more balanced than the law of the land, which only criminalizes sexual acts between two men.