Artistes must see the bigger picture
It is unfortunate what happened to Queen Ifrica recently as detailed in the Jamaica Observer on Saturday (May 2). However, this is not only about the gay community. I find the behaviour of some musicians most offensive. I do not appreciate how women are described, and some songs are too explicit; to dance to music calling for murder is frightening, and the constant attack on our gay community is unacceptable.
The blogs are being read worldwide and we have increasingly appeared as barbarians to be kept away from the gates of other countries. Do we realise how unwelcome we have become in the Caribbean and across world in the last 30 years? Every summer, a number of reggae concerts are cancelled in Europe. This is always followed by a flood of articles in the newspapers relating to the general crime situation and homophobia in Jamaica. This is also the peak European travel season, and as such it has implications for Jamaica's tourist industry.
I am old enough to remember when we were welcomed in the Eastern Caribbean and required no visa for Canada and Europe. This was not before Independence. I think Barbadians and Trinidadians still do not need visas to enter the UK.