KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown “across the globe” at all its embassies.
A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: “Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens.”
The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.
“I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView,” Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.
The tweet dominated social media discourse, drawing a slew of criticisms even as some questioned the “agenda” of the embassy.
“If the rainbow flag is being flown along with the stars and stripes at US Embassies in places like say China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, then the nation is truly expressing its solidarity with the victims of the horrible massacre in Orlando. If, however, they're not, then what they're doing is attempting to impose their agenda on a small under-resourced island nation using the tragic loss of life as the pretext,” read one comment.
“America would not dare do this in a Muslim country or Africa because they know the reaction would be very violent. It's disrespectful for them to disrespect the Jamaican people! It seems like the people in Jamaica are getting passive and enjoy being slaves of America?” another comment read.
Forty-nine people were shot dead and 53 others were wounded in the nightclub shooting, according to authorities and witness accounts.