This letter was sent to the Broadcasting Commission and was forwarded to OutAroad.com by the writer Amy Ashwood.
I am moved to write about the content of TVJs November 7 edition of Entertainment Report between 8:00p.m. and 8:30 p.m. which carried, in my humble opinion, content that promotes the furtherance of creative work, not news, that is offensive to the general public and dangerous to young minds and therefore possibly contra to the conditions of the broadcast license.
There was an extensive interview with the entertainer Vibes Cartel (Vybez Kartel) discussing a feud between himself and fellow dancehall entertainer Mavado. In the Interview, Cartel mentioned that the lyric, "mek duppy like number on SIM card."
I am sorry that the programme editor considers this to be family entertainment and not a vehicle for crass, destructive celebrity gossip. It seems to me to be a an obvious build-up to another dancehall cass cass in time for Christmas and another money making Sting clash? A look at the charts will be instructive, as they are both in the lead and perfectly poised for a duel.
During the top ten countdown of popular songs the top three songs alluded to or veiled offensive lyrics that are in the following songs:
#3 - Movado "Car Back"
The clip "Seh no care so she fuck pon the car top" was played with the expletive bleeped.
The rest of the song was not played but mentions:
"We nyam pum pum like a pizza pack"
“Dem gyal deh nuh care, Dem sidung pon mi sittin like chair;
Mi move di G-string unda wear, PUM-PUM! Too phat it affi share.
Suh mi gi har fi handle it, She 'LAAD woi Bangle it'.
Too big suh she cyaah dismangle it; She ah walk and ah shankle dip.”
#2 - Vibes Cartel "Tralier Load Of Money"
A video clip from this song featured the barrell of a handgun on screen. Guns on TV is not necessarily offensive. I propose that the context in which this was done makes it an example of murder music. This is especially as I believe that it was reported in the media that the artiste was held by the police in connection with investigations about a gun crime.
“Mi want Fast Cash! Grab the stash; mek money like we print it, print it, print it, print it.”
#1 - Mavado - I’m So Special
“I’m so special that’s why me travel with me 45 special.”
Commissioner, I implore you to urge the license holder not to allow the public airwaves to be a route that aggrandizes, whether in whole or in part, audio and video content that is offensive to sober minds and dangerous for impressionable ones.