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Reggae recording artiste Queen Ifrica has defended herself against statements made in a press release by the The Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (JFLAG) in which they expressed disappointment over anti-gay statements she said at the Grand Gala on Tuesday.
During Queen Ifrica's performance, statements glorifying male straightness, heterosexual marriage and the legalisation of marijuana were among those addressed during her set on stage.
The group stated in the release that her sentiments are an example of the constant prejudice that is being allowed to take prominence on the national stage. They also stated that the remarks she made bears some resemblance to statements fellow reggae recording artiste Tony Rebel made at the same event last year.
In responding to the statement issued by the lobby group, Queen Ifrica explained that she merely expressed what she had believed in, and that it was unfair for them to make her into a villain.
"Like myself, I think they are exercising their right to speak for what they believe in. However, I think it is unfair for them to incriminate me when there is no incrimination there. I simply spoke for what I believed in. They should simply speak from what they believe in but not try to tarnish my character in the process," she said.
"I never caused the beheading of anyone. If I did then there would be a problem. Until a member of the gay community can give birth from their union they should not be abrasive to heterosexuals, because they came from that union," she said.
Executive Director of J-FLAG, Dane Lewis, expressed that the use of the word 'vitriolic' in the release to describe Tony Rebel's sentiments last year was harsh but the group stood by their comments, noting Queen Ifrica's statements to be inappropriate and devoid of diplomacy.
Tony Rebel also weighed in on the matter, stating that what Queen Ifrica said was not inappropriate nor was it offensive.
"It was not offensive, it was not, it was kindly put together. She could have said it a million different ways. It was very kind," he said.
also see: The J-FLAGging of the Postmodern Rasta
UPDATE August 9, 2013
Culture Minister Regrets Queen Ifrica's Gala Gay Comments
The Culture Ministry has released a statement expressing regret that the Grand Gala stage was used by reggae artiste Queen Ifrica as a platform to express anti-gay comments.
According to the Ministry, it is now reviewing the system of contractual engagement of artistes and suppliers for national events as well as improving quality control to ensure there is no recurrence.
SEE FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
The Ministry of Youth and Culture expresses our regret that the Grand Gala stage was used by one artiste, Queen Ifrica as a platform to express her personal opinions and views on matters that may be considered controversial, rather than to perform in the agreed scripted and rehearsed manner consistent with the thematic production.
Furthermore, the comments by the artiste were inappropriate in the setting of a national, state-funded event with more than 20,000 persons, including children, who were in the National Stadium and thousands more watching on television and online.
Queen Ifrica was selected to be a part of the production because of her usually conscious lyrics as a reggae artiste.
There were prior discussions with all artistes about the expectation required of them during the show.
The Grand Gala was an opportunity for celebration through the artistic display of the performing arts as a vehicle to help the nation reflect not just on the many hurdles we have overcome as a nation, but also to reinforce the value of coexistence, unity and respect for one another as part of a cultural revolution in the nation.
The Ministry of Youth and Culture sought to produce and execute a Grand Gala show that traced our rich history and culture while charting the future of Jamaica as the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.
Artistes were therefore selected based on their ability to authentically recount and portray the various phases and periods of the “Emancipendence” journey of Jamaica.
The Ministry is reviewing the system of contractual engagement of artistes and suppliers for national events as well as improving quality control to ensure there is no recurrence.
UPDATE Added August 24, 2013