Jamaicans have put up with the a lot of issues over the last year and even over this last week but to have the leading Jamaican Reggae Festival announce today in the Jamaica Observer that it has added convicted woman beater Chris Brown to the line up is extremely disturbing. Sumfest should be embarrassed to have Chris Brown perform on international night but instead they are celebrating violence against women by having him on stage. When will our obsession with honoring badmanism end in this country? The Jamaica Observers article is a joke as it describes Chris Brown to the readers like we dont know who this guy has become. See for yourself from a section below.
‘International R&B and pop star Chris Brown, emerged on the scene in 2005 and quickly rose to stardom with his self-titled debut album. With the release of Graffiti, his third album, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter enters his prime as a widely accomplished multi-platinum artiste. Chris is set to thrill the audiences and make history with his first Reggae Sumfest performance.’
Yes Observer, Chris Brown rose to stardom and then infamy after beating up Rihanna the night before they were to perform at the Grammys. Jamaica’s murder rate is at an all time high and abuse against women is still extremely high. So high that Amnesty International wrote an open letter to then Prime Minister Portia Simpson in 2007 entitled ‘Open letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mrs Portia Simpson Miller, welcoming improvements to stop violence against women and encouraging new steps forward’. We remembered the letter and hope that if you have not read it that you do so now.
Sumfest is hurting as we saw from yesterdays Jamaica Observer’s article which apparently was softening us up for today’s announcement. But there must some other alternative for an international artist. I mean Vanilla Ice must be pretty cheap these days not to mention the example we are setting for the youth of this country. The children already have so little to look up to and admire why must we also say to them that being a woman beater or letting a man beat you is ok…
Please show your support to Boycott Reggae Sumfest 2010 Unless They Drop Chris Brown!!! By joining the Facebook group below. Spread the word and together we can get Reggae Sumfest to change their minds in a more positive direction.
June 2nd 2010 Update – On May 30th 2010 FB removed the ‘Boycott Sumfest If Chris Brown Is Not Dropped Page’ and all traces of comments with no explanation. We thank the 800 people who joined the FB page and we obviously pissed off the right big shots. Although there are many other FB pages asking for boycotts against people and businesses we were taken and others left up. We were heard for a short time and the message will be carried on that violence against women is not ok… Positive role models for Jamaica is what we need right now…
June 8th Update – Great Britain bans Chris Brown