Blame or­gan­is­ers, not Spice, the queen of raunch

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

ITHE ED­I­TOR, Sir: STRONGLY be­lieve that the or­gan­is­ers, spon­sors, and ev­ery­one who had a say in co­or­di­nat­ing the cel­e­bra­tions for the Ja­maican ath­letes on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15 at the Na­tional In­door Sports Cen­tre should for­mally apol­o­gise to in­ter­na­tional dance­hall artiste Grace Hamil­ton, pop­u­larly known as Spice.

First, ev­ery­one knows the type of artiste Spice is, and she has never been afraid to show it. She is that vi­brant fe­male artiste with those raunchy lyrics, dar­ing be­hav­iour and colour­ful at­tire. Her show­man­ship screams sex.

It’s highly un­likely for you to hear one of her songs and not get in­sight into this. There­fore, the per­sons book­ing her for this event must have had an idea of the cat­a­logue of songs she would have had to se­lect from for her per­for­mance.

Sec­ond, who­ever staged this event would have known the note­wor­thy guests who would have been in at­ten­dance.

Third, to make this un­for­tu­nate phe­nom­e­non even worse, the artiste was sched­uled to per­form af­ter gospel artiste Kevin Down­swell. This tran­si­tion was poor, and again the or­gan­is­ers are to blame. How can you sched­ule Spice, know­ing the kind of flavour she brings, right af­ter a gospel artiste?

Iron­i­cally, fol­low­ing Spice’s rather em­bar­rass­ing per­for­mance, a dance group per­formed to one of Spice’s lat­est pop­u­lar songs, In­di­ca­tor. The dance group, un­like Spice, how­ever, was well re­ceived. Was this by chance?

Many would say its Spice’s fault for not broad­en­ing her cat­a­logue to in­clude less-raunchy lyrics that would have been more suit­able for this oc­ca­sion, but I say that’s rub­bish. It is the or­gan­is­ers’ fault.

TYPE OF AU­DI­ENCE

Spice ap­peals to a cer­tain type of au­di­ence, so those per­sons who were laugh­ing, hid­ing their faces and turn­ing up their prim and proper noses dur­ing her per­for­mance, please re­mem­ber Spice is just an al­ter ego, and it is far from the type of per­son who Grace Hamil­ton truly is. She is a won­der­ful mother, daugh­ter and friend. What’s even dis­ap­point­ing is the fact that some of you are the same per­sons who lis­ten to her songs in the pri­vacy of your homes and cars, some of you even to dance to them in the clubs and at par­ties; and yet you were there act­ing as if you are bet­ter than her and be­lit­tling the brand she worked hard to build. The or­gan­is­ers need to apol­o­gise to Spice. And they need to do so now. This un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent that have some­how stained Spice’s ca­reer could have been avoided. I say kudos to Spice for re­main­ing pro­fes­sional through­out your per­for­mance de­spite the hand you were dealt. It takes some­one with great strength and vi­tal­ity to have done so. Con­tinue to hold your head high. STEPHANIE CHAM­BERS stephcham­bers876@gmail.com

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