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Open Letter To The Broadcasting Commissioner - TVJ's Entertainment Report

This letter was sent to the Broadcasting Commission and was forwarded to OutAroad.com by the writer Amy Ashwood.

Dear Commissioner,

New-TVJ-logo.gifI 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.”

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#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.

I am,

Amy Ashwood
Kingston 5

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Comments (24)

 

kabizzle:
Posted by kabizzle | November 9, 2008 10:05 PM

i am sure entertainment report is rate pg so what the f**k is wrong,just dont watch it,good programme anthony keep it up



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 3:11 AM

AMY SACK YOU MADDA!!.. THAT NUH HARD FI SAY.. b*mb*claat! yu a go through menopause or something?.. what a way yu know di r*ss song dem lyrics in detail and all a qoute it.. f**king hypocrite. (or u secretly a promote di song dem, hmmm?)



Posted by the voice | November 10, 2008 7:03 AM

Ive read the 2 articles posted here written by Amy. Im not one to condone or promote violence or bad vibes, but if you think this is a strategy to hype or a pre-sting hype, then so what? It happened in the past with artistes such as Shabba Ranks and Ninja Man. It is happening now with other artiste. So why single out Vybz Kartel or Mavado for that matter. If these guys were to physically kill each other dont you think it would have happened already. Come on Amy speak the truth... I think you are trying to get a hype. Miss goodie 2 shoes. Get a life.



branue:
Posted by branue | November 10, 2008 7:46 AM

Amy,
Why you worrying yourself? I am sure you had other choices. Lifetime, love tv or even cartoon network had some on, that is more your liking at 8:30 to 9 p.m.
Better yet, write your MP asking why the roads in your community are in the state they are in or why some many youths on the corner with nothing productive to do? I see you LOVE the "murder song" according to you, even lyric for lyric. You probably have and underlined motive. Who to tell, you might be affiliated to JFLAG...? Do something etter with your time.



Nickz:
Posted by Nickz | November 10, 2008 9:10 AM

I think Amy is very brave to write this letter. I am a lover of dancehall music and while I don't blame it for all the ills in the world, I do recognise there are impressionable people who aren't able to differentiate fact from fiction.
I can listen to a lyric and take it or leave it as it is, some people do take it on board, want to aspire to the image, lifestyle and attitude certain artists portray. We are living in an age where people are feeling helpless and hopeless, to many these are artists have become role models and spokespersons on how to live life, because they seem to have made money and posses material wealth.
In this age with so many abductions, rapes and murders, there must be a corellation somewhere, it would be careless to turn a blind eye or just leave it to personal choice. As I said dancehall is a music I love and have watched it change and standards slip as far as censorship, sexually explicit lyrics, bad language etc is concerned...a bleep wont do as anyone can fill in the blanks. Leave all that stuff for the dancehall if necessary, but not on the radio and television. If only clean music could be played on the airways and television, lets see how many artists would be able to make hits without profanities.
When artists used to clash it wouldn't cause contention with the fans as it was an artform, now it is just a way to cash in on the media hype and throw in as many badwords as possible. This isn't just about youngsters at risk as alot of times adults are the purportrators, if you hear something often enough and it is endorsed by the media it will stick subliminally. This is because I love Jamaica and the country cant improve without the citizens standing up and taking responsibility. Not everyone has an great education or has the foresight to see certain songs for what they are, so as an artist who has traveled and gained experiences and opportunities I think you should express positivity to the nation, not just the negative, everything has it's place, but within the right context...the unnecessary lyrics cant be cringeworthy in these perilous times.
I will always love dancehall and have always stood up for it in the past, but I am finding it hard to condone certain lyrics when I see the news and a nation in turmoil. You may not fully agree but I hope you understand.
Each one teach one!
Nickz



Posted by jamlass2000 | November 10, 2008 10:41 AM

nikz,well said need not say no more



Sexxxy s:
Posted by Sexxxy s | November 10, 2008 12:04 PM

Nickz I couldn't have said it better. I love dancehall music and I can take the lyrics for what they are; entertainment. But with all the kidnappings, rapes and killings going on now, I believe every citizen has to take part in the future of the country and this means our favorite DJ's as well.



str88:
Posted by str88 | November 10, 2008 12:04 PM

AMY AMY AMY, POOR THING. I AM SURE U KNOW THE ARTISTE SONGS. IT WOULD BE BEST THEN FOR U TO ACTUALLY PUT THE CORRECT LYRICS IN UR ARTICLE.

KARTEL'S TRAILER LOAD A MONEY IS ACTUALLY
"MI WAAN FAST CASH, CRAB DI STASH, TOUCH DI ROAD, MEK MONEY LIKE MI PRINT IT PRINT IT." SIMPLY SAYING GET UR GOODS/SERVICES AND GO OUT THERE IN THE MARKET PLACE AND MAKE MONEY BUY EITHER SELLING UR GOODS OR PROVIDING A SERVICE.

SEE HOW MUCH U KNOW ABOUT MUSIC/LYRICS.



Nicky:
Posted by Nicky | November 10, 2008 12:36 PM

I agree with u Amy. I know that alot of these programmes are rated, but let's face it alot of youngster will listen and emulate these programmes.

I think Kartel is talented, but he chooses to use his talent in a negative way. The same can be said of Mavado.

I don't know how anyone dance to their songs. The message is clearly lacking in content.



Yard man:
Posted by Yard man | November 10, 2008 3:27 PM

Amy,
I agree with what you’re saying. I am a fan of Dance Hall and I rate both Kartel and Mavado. I am a grown man with common sense and know to differentiate fact from fiction. But yu have some people out deh weh nuh have a mind fi dem self. To them Kartel and Mavado a God. I wouldn’t want my youths to listen to either Kartel or Mavado at this vulnerable stage of their lives. We also expect a public TV station not to show anything offensive during prime time. But with all this said, the parents have to play a part. You have to be involved in every facet of your youths dem lives so that you can be a positive roll model for them to look up to. Then you wouldn’t have to worry about any negative influence Kartel or Mavado might have on them now or when they become adults...



Platz:
Posted by Platz | November 10, 2008 4:21 PM

BIG P*SSY GAL AMY WANTHOOD GUH SACK YUH SCANDAL BAG P*SSY MADDA YHA QUOTE DI MAN DEM R*SS SONG AND A QUOTE DEM WRONG A WEH DI BL**DCLAAT DO YUH DI MAN DEM MUSSI F**K YUH AND YUH MADDA AND PUSH DEM HOOD INNA YUH MOUTH AND LEFF UNNUH R*SS MEK YUH COME A CHAT AND GI DI MAN DEM BAD NAME...IF DI VIDEO DI R*SSCLAAT OFFEND YHU WEH YUH SI DUNG AND WATCH IT FAH F**K OFF AND GWHE R*SS EDIOT AND SACK YUH MADDA AGAIN..A HOPE YUH SI DIS AND IF YUH SEE IT PLEASE REPLY DUTTY B*TCH



New York:
Posted by New York | November 10, 2008 5:35 PM

Amy! whoever you are if you have a problem with "DANCEHALL" then you should stop listening to music period.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2008 6:58 PM

I hope all you f**kin' fools weh a defend dem two artist f**kery, memba weh unno seh when somebady DEAD!!!! A pure bl**dclaat eediot follow dem man deh, unno tink seh Adidjah and David cyan control dem man deh, all dem a falla back a dem ??? Man can a chat bout him a devil and bout how people get kill inna church, and bout how man f**k man madda and unno defend dat???



SO WHAT:
Posted by SO WHAT | November 10, 2008 7:44 PM

@STR88, you peice of SH*IT, when you read are hear people with knowledge making constructive criticism, why dont you just read and take heed instead of putting in your non-sense? these good for nothing jerks need to take a brake from the profanity and violence and start singing about something that will help the idots them that is out there raping and killing our babies and women. i have listen to little boys quoting kartel and mavado songs as if they were the ones that wrote them, so our youths are for sure paying attention to these clowns. the song that kartel sang about (pu$$y have to share)i can promise you that these rapist probably took it out of context and decide to take it like its theirs..... the country needs help badly and we need everyone to play apart in this crime spree so we can atleast have a good christmas and a better newyear 2009. i dont even reside in jamaica and i have travel the world but i will never love another place the way i love this island, and i have never felt scared to visit but 2008 really changes my mind, with all the great things that happen this year, in the united states and in beijing with our athletes and BLACK PRESIDENT we still cant celebrate too much because of the loses we as a culture are facing, my heart bleds to hear and read the dispicable things thats happening... am not saying kartel and mavado is personally responsible but in some ways their songs are contributing and inspiring the clowns thats running around without hearts to do these evil things.MY GOD MAN COME ON PEOPLE!!!



nosey:
Posted by nosey | November 10, 2008 10:57 PM

jamaican people love too much negative,that why dem a kill off one another suh amy you right. if there were much people like you in ja.to boycot all those dirty lyric the crime will stop.all who encourage all those lyric are murderer and rapist.we need to boycot kartel because him nuh clean.



wow wow:
Posted by wow wow | November 11, 2008 7:23 AM

Ok first thing 1st, are u being forced to watch or listen to these songs? (RHETORICAL). NO!!! so y comment..leave the artistes alone its ppl like you AMY that allow a situation to get worst. they have there fans so obviously ppl are out there who actually like there nusic. ur mother ever tell yuh "let sleeping dogs lye" well thats what u need to do.. u r not being forced in no way to listen to or watch these videos.. get over it.



blueprint:
Posted by blueprint | November 11, 2008 9:10 AM

IGNORANCE CARRIES A BAD ODOR LIKE ROTTEN FOOD. WHAT ABOUT JAMAICA PEOPLE WHAT ABOUT JAMAICA. IF THERE IS NO JAMAICA THESE PEOPLE DO NOT EXIST. SO IN PART YOU ARE SAYING LET THEM DO THEIR BEST DESTROY IT CAUSE WE ALL CAN RUN AWAY. REMEMBER WHAT BUJU SAID WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO CAN'T LEAVE AND ALSO THE ONES WHO LOVE IT ENOUGH NOT TO LET FOOLS WHO DONOT UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO FIGHT FOR NOTHING DESTROY IT SO THEY CAN MAKE MONEY OR FEEL IMPORTANT



Posted by The Voice | November 11, 2008 9:30 AM

Why are you all blaming what is happen on the djs and the singers, when you guys at home beating your wives or girlfriends in front of your kids? you women allow men to abuse you. Pastor and deacons abusing young men and women sexually. You all watch porn movies, the hardcore action (gun & violence) movies and because we who love dancehall music, dont see eye to eye with your preference you think you are doing much better. I agree that the lyrical content is vulgar at time and to the point where it is promoting violence. But hasnt that been happening a long time ago. Well you all are hyprocites, because you come on sites like these to see whats happening in the dancehall and how i see it from you have an interest, you love the F***RY too so dont bother come judge ppl who love the thing, nor the artiste, cause unnuh a go a dem show, play and listen dem music, read bout dem and because unnuh coward when unnuh deh a road unnuh chat like unnuh love dem. suh guess what love it or low it.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2008 11:55 AM

dutty b*tch Amy, what is it that you tyin1... to get a peice of the limelight? its not gonna work suck u self.



Amy Ashwood:
Posted by Amy Ashwood | November 11, 2008 12:43 PM

Dear all,

I wish that I could stay far away from music that is offensive to decent society, but unfortunately, I do not.

When I was listening to ZIP FM in the sun hot afternoon and enjoying the music then the selector played a song by Kartel about taking sex from a schoolgirl, where was my choice?

When I was watching a little ER on Friday night to ease my brain after a week in the struggle, then Kartel points a toy gun in my face and the video editor put a gunshot under it, where was my choice?

I making singling out Kartel because his profane material was most recently pushed in my face when I was definitely not looking for it.

At this moment I am not highlighting the artistes and the value of their creative expression to their fans, I am highlighting the editors who promote this material as being acceptable by a general audience - including putting it in the reach of impressionable children.

We all probably draw the morality line in different places, but there is still a whole body of material that most of us would probably agree is indecent. Let us keep that level of indecency off the airwaves. Then I would really have a choice to leave it alone.

Amy



Teacha:
Posted by Teacha | November 11, 2008 3:44 PM

Kartel addi best, his lyrics will be graphic cause he has what the experts called a "beautiful mind" movado have a good voice but him need fi try act gangsta fi get through to him fans. My advice; if u dont like it dont watch it or listen to it.



MAX FOX:
Posted by MAX FOX | November 11, 2008 4:03 PM

All I HEAR IS IGNORANCE AND MORE IGNORANCE. WHY CANT THESE FOOLS WHO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THESE ARTISTS STOP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. IF NO ONE LISTENS TO THE CRAP THEY SING, THEN WE WOULD NOT HAVE ANTHING TO COMPAIN ABOUT. AS A FORMER TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM, DANCEHALL MUSIC IN GENERAL IS TAKEN LITERALLY BY SHALLOW MINDED STUDENTS WHO SOMETIMES MISUNDERSTAND THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF WHAT HE ARTISTE IS SAYING.
AS FOR MOVADO AND KARTEL THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT, YOU SHOW ME ONE GOOD MOTIVATIONAL SONG THAT THEY SING AND I SHOH YOU A DOZEN THAT ARE NOT.
MOST OF OUR YOUTHS WANT TO BE AFFILIATED WITH THE HYPE, NOBODY WANT'S TO BE HUMBLE AND RESPECTFUL ANYMORE. WHERE DID ALL THIS ''GUN AND GAL'' COME FROM THEN AGAIN WHERE ARE THE ARTISTES WHO ARE GOING TO REPLACE THE GODFATHERS WHO LAID THE FOUNDATION. WHO IS GOING TO STAND UP AND SAY ENOUGH HYPE, LETS PUT PEN TO PAPER AND WRITE SONGS THAT CAN BE NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY OR A WORLD THEME SONG.
WHO IS GOING TO REPLACE DENNIS BROWN, WHO IS GOING TO REPALCE THE GODFATHER ALTON ELLIS, DELROY WILSON, PETER TOSH, JACOB MILLER, JOSEPH HILL, BYRON LEE AND I AM NOT EVEN LISTING THE NAME OF THE GREAT MAN(BROTHER BOB).

HAVING SAID THAT,THIS IS A INDICATION OF WHERE THE MUSIC IS GOING. IT'S TAKING A TURN IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

REDEMPTION SONGS, SONGS OF FREEDOM...



Log-of:
Posted by Log-of | November 13, 2008 11:23 AM

From reading most of the negative responds to this article and the comment. just show why these song are destructive,reading the aggression the supporters of the artist display is rather disturbing.Look at all the mess jamaica is facing and none of these artist come out publicly to condem or speak out in anyway for the country they claim they love.Having these DJs still putting out the same shit in time of crisis show the level of maturity and lock of patriotism and thier part.Its like going to a funeral and bad mouthing the decease.
I just dont understand how these artist say the things they sing about dont influence bad behavior but on the other hand they advertise to influence sale for companies.Huh!
Also if a big sport star was to say he listen to fi them song you whould see how quik they claim how them help win the game.



Shawn_Life:
Posted by Shawn_Life | November 13, 2008 1:59 PM

eehh Gal Amy yuh a F**king Ediot, ah wah kinda hype yuh ah look?, by the way a weh di f**k she come from, wid all ah what ah gwaan inna Jamaica Di people need fi serious up, Mavado words nah send no-one fi go kill, Mi nuh know bout Kartel now and this Voo-doo sh*t from long time mi see it inna him music and it been airing around longtime now, kartel ah Devil Mavado, ah mi artiste but Kartel worst when it come to promoting violence, Amy mi nah fight dung yuh response still, live ur life, leave the artiste dem mek dem live their Lives. Mavado yuh ah Living Legend fi real. And Anthony Miller Great Job ur keep up the work and keep Jamaica Updated with the happening for people who can't everyday, bless yute!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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