Last week in honour of ‘Black History Month’ Channel 4 aired the documentary My Crazy New Jamaican Life, which was originally going to be called Yardie Wives.
For those who missed it ‘My Crazy New Jamaican Life’ focused on two English women, Debbie and Holly who are both in love with Jamaican culture.
Since the documentary aired on Thursday night it has suffered a major backlash and it’s narrator singer Shola Ama has also received criticism for agreeing to narrate the documentary . (Click Here).
But Shola who is mixed race and says her stepfather is Jamaican has no regrets and responded to the criticism by tweeting, “I did this months ago.. Got my cheque. I’m at home Chillin and fools are acting crazy lol”.
I hope it was worth it Shola.
In an interview with The British Black List Shola’s management defended their client.
Speaking to Shola’s management I was told that they (Shola & Management) watched the documentary prior to it airing and didn’t see anything wrong with the show (which they conceded was also a problem in itself). But overall they were more intrigued as to how Shola became the scapegoat of a much wider issue, I quote,
“We need to, in the black community, stop judging each and criticising each other and instead indulge in deeper intelligent debate, whilst supporting the people from our community who are in the entertainment industry. We need to stop putting our deeper issues on the shoulders of our celebrities and instead, work collectively on our representation from the grassroots up.”
Don’t even try it.
Shola’s management has the nerve to talk about working “collectively on our representation from the grassroots up” but let us not forget they were still happy to contribute to the stereotypical nonsense that is My Crazy New Jamaican Life (formally Yardie Wives) and the misrepresentation of a culture for a cheque. And they would probably sign up to do it again, in a heartbeat!
The same can also be said for the director/producer Vanessa Van-Yeboah (who is of Ghanaian descent).
Anyway, if you wish to air your views on the documentary then contact the organisations below.
ACME Films: http://acmetv.co.uk/contact/