It’s black history month in America and a leading New York club DJ has announced that he will not be playing any music by Vybz Kartel during this period, because of the Reggae star’s skin bleaching antics.
Irie Jam radio host/program director Dubb Master Chris recently told the Star newspaper,
“Black history month is a big deal and we as a people should take every opportunity to celebrate our heritage. I feel if I continue to play Vybz Kartel, an artist who is now very much known for bleaching his skin, it simply sends the wrong message to my young impressionable listeners.
I strongly believe bleaching is wrong, wrong, wrong! It’s a disgrace. It’s a slap in the face of our heritage, our ancestors and our god. This definitely sends the wrong message to children, I think it leads them to believe that some how, if they are dark complexion something is wrong with that. It erodes the concept that Black is beautiful.
Please understand that I have a lot of love and respect for Kartel’s music. I respect his enormous talent and his individuality. He is one of the great lyricists of our time however, at times I am disappointed in the direction he decides to take his audience even though that is his prerogative”
“Without a doubt kids are following his lead. Entertainers need to understand that the words they use are powerful. They influence their listeners, especially the younger ones. Artists have the power to start trends good or bad…remember that.
He called on other radio jocks who program reggae songs to “take a good look at the values they are reinforcing by playing an artist such as Kartel especially in these times.” He noted that the temporary ban on Kartel’s music specifically applies to radio play. The ban he said was a personal decision but noted that he had the full support of the Irie Jam Radio management and other jocks at the station.
Oh dear…. poor Kartel. I bet he’s sorry he jumped in to that vat of Domestos now.
I find it hilarious that this DJ has decided to ban Vybz’s records throughout February only because it’s black history month. But come 1 March it’s business as usual!
If Vybz’s antics have outraged this Dubb Master Chris that much, then why doesn’t he ban his music permanently?
I’m sorry but I just can’t take his stance on this situation seriously.