Bat­tle lines Spice, me­dia per­son­al­ity clash at mix­tape launch


Me­dia per­son­nel and artistes are to­day at odds af­ter pro­fes­sion­als from both spheres clashed at the launch of Spice’s mix­tape on Wed­nes­day night.

Held at the pop­u­lar Hope Road eatery, 100, the launch, which saw Spice for­mally in­tro­duc­ing her Cap­tured mix­tape to her lo­cal fans, started out great but took a turn for the worst when a one-on-one in­ter­view with Naro from Nightly Fix went south.

In a video clip that has been cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia since Thurs­day morn­ing, Spice can be heard telling the me­dia per­son­al­ity to ‘s**k’ his mother. Spice ac­cused Naro of never re­port­ing on the good she has done in her ca­reer. In­stead, she said that the host has al­ways gone out of his way to ‘down­grade’ her.

“Mi watch yuh all the while, and mi see yuh re­sponse. Stop liv­ing on my name and stop down­play­ing me. Yuh live pan me name pon Nightly Fix. All when the peo­ple dem nuh have nut­ten fi do wid Spice yah ask dem: ‘So wah yuh think bout Spice?’ Why don’t you talk about the good? Why it al­ways have to be the bad,” she said.

Ad­mit­ting that he has been crit­i­cal of Spice over the years, Naro, in his de­fence, pointed out that she wasn’t the only artiste that has been sub­jected to bad press over the years.

“Al­ka­line get it more than you, and yet still when him fi get praise, we praise him. Is not like we take out a plan and say we a go down­grade Spice,” he said.

Dif­fer­ent video clips of the in­ter­view have since gone vi­ral with many per­sons, in­clud­ing artistes and me­dia per­son­al­i­ties, giv­ing their two cents on the mat­ter.

Pop­u­lar me­dia per­son­al­ity Nikki Z de­fended her me­dia col­leagues by point­ing out that me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers have a duty to re­port both the bad and good. In her post on In­sta­gram, Nikki Z ex­plained that a ‘no com­ment’ or de­clin­ing to do the in­ter­view would have been an ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponse from Spice.


In re­sponse to Nikki Z’s take on the is­sue, sev­eral artistes also gave their opin­ions on the is­sue. Kon­shens, play­ing devil’s ad­vo­cate, said that both par­ties could share the blame de­pend­ing on what side of the fence one is as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion from. He in­di­cated that as a jour­nal­ist, Naro was only do­ing his job, but in the same breath ex­plained that me­dia per­son­nel should re­mind them­selves that artistes are peo­ple too when they de­cide to be crit­i­cal of them.

Sid­ing with Spice, Tanya Stephens said: “Jour­nal­ists need fi go back to jour­nal­ism and stop f**k round peo­ple.” She ended her post by say­ing she could not ar­tic­u­late what Spice was try­ing to say with any­more pre­ci­sion.

Gramps Mor­gan of Mor­gan Her­itage also weighed in. In­di­cat­ing that at times it may be hard for artistes to ‘hold their tongues’, the en­ter­tainer said that both sides need each other and en­cour­aged me­dia and artistes to

work to­gether.


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