Debbie, who’s 25, and Holly, who’s 19, are each immersed in or passionate about Jamaican culture, from X-rated bashment styles to food, patois or having a family with a Jamaican-born man.
Debbie has three children with Jamaican-born Variel. But when she discovers that Variel is about to have a child with another woman, she questions the conventions of the family structure that he expects.
Criminology student Holly lives in a predominantly white suburb in Kent. Turned off by the prospect of the local social and club scene, Holly dreams of acceptance in the alluring, expressive world of Jamaican bashment and begins going to club nights, often as the only white girl on the dance floor.
Well as expected My Crazy New Jamaican Life was just a load of stereotypical nonsense from start to finish, failed to promote a balanced view, and mocked Jamaican culture.
First we see lonely Holly travelling from her home in Kent to attend “Bashment” raves in London. She doesn’t understand Jamaican patois but loves Reggae Dancehall music and can wine her waist. I didn’t have a problem with Holly. The Reggae Dancehall scene helped her gain confidence, because throughout her childhood she had been bullied (in school and when she attended her church) and claims she has never made any real friends.
Then there is promoter Variel (he also holds down three day jobs) who lives with low self-esteem Debbie, the mother of his three children but he is also seeing another woman on the side, who has just given birth to his fourth child.
We then meet Variel’s Dancehall artist brother Odeon (I am guessing he was named after the cinema chain).
Then we were introduced to Variel’s father who has been married to Variel’s mother for over 20 years and has a total of fifteen children with three different women.
According to the documentary its Jamaican culture to have multiple children with different women.
In response to this misguided notion Jump Off TV’s Miss Lala tweeted:
Twitter users who tuned in were incensed and a lot of the backlash was also aimed at the documentary’s narrator singer Shola Ama.
Before My Crazy New Jamaican life aired last night I was told that the producers were planning on turning it in to a series. If they know what is good for them they will scrap that idea.
In regards to Shola Ama’s decision to narrate this documentary, my thoughts are that black/mixed race folk (not all) who work within the topsy-turvy world of UK entertainment rarely see the bigger picture and don’t dare question what they are being asked to do once payment is involved. They just refuse to see what is staring them dead in the face.
But you know what, you just keep on collecting those HUGE cheques Shola. I don’t expect you to understand.
During the documentary a Jamaican woman was filmed saying she was tired of people “misrepresenting the culture”. Some one should break the news to this lady that My Crazy New Jamaican Life did just that.
Whenever there is a commissioned British TV project that involves black people there will always be an agenda and it is never good.
I hope the documentary’s producer/director Vanessa Van-Yeboah is proud of her “work” this morning.
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