Queen of Dancehall Spice has once again pointed to what she says is the hypocrisy of her male colleagues, who, on one hand, put women engaging in sexual activities with each other in their music videos, yet lash out at the rest of the LGBTQ community.
She made her point during a recent interview with Forbes Magazine, in which she was asked about Dancehall and Reggae culture’s “complex relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community” and her “experience as an ally to the community.”
“I believe as a Caribbean woman that even though the community makes it seem like it’s against the LGBT community, I feel it’s hypocritical because a lot of male artists use two females making out in the videos. And so it’s hypocritical because it’s like they’re saying it’s okay to be a member of the LGBTQ community if you’re female because they enjoy it and they sing about it,” Spice said.
Intence (Nuh Behaviour), Skillibeng (Real Boss), and Masicka (Blessing) are among the male Dancehall artists who have had lesbian scenes embedded in their music videos.
According to Spice, she is standing her ground as she believes in equal rights for all.
“So even though I’m currently being bashed, I firmly stand behind equal rights and justice and love people regardless of their race or sexual preferences,” she explained.
Spice also referenced the rebuke she received from Dancehall music selector and producer, Foota Hype and Reggae/Dancehall superstar Sizzla Kalonji in November, after the two men found out that she had been booked as the headline act for the Toronto Pride festival set for Canada this June. They both implored her not to do the LGBTQ show.
“I recently accepted a performance as a headliner for a Pride festival in Toronto. And when they announced that I was the headliner for the LGBTQ festival, two of my male peers in the dance hall and reggae came out publicly to bash me, saying that I should not be aligning myself with the LGBTQ community,” she told Forbes.
“I retaliated by saying, I love everyone equally. I don’t go to my fans and ask their sexual preferences. They have supported me and it should not be a situation where I can’t support them. I love each of my fans, and it doesn’t matter their race or sexual preferences,” she emphasized.
Sizzla had contended that ‘righteousness, Reggae and homosexuality’ do not go together. “None a dem nastiness bout yah unu gweh. You’ll not corrupt our children any more,” he had written on his Instagram page.
“Jamaican artistes already knew that our indigenous music bashes against homosexuals and lesbianism. We Jamaicans bash against anything that is corrupt and misleading to our nation if people. … Do not mix reggae and Dancehall with your evil nasty ways; no to guns; no to gays; no to lesbian; no to paedophilia; no to all what’s wrong and going against our culture,” he added.
For his part, Foota Hype had said that he was ashamed of what Spice had done, and that in his 20+ years as an established product of Jamaica and dancehall and reggae music, it was the first time that he had felt “completely defeated, ashamed, embarrassed, weak, betrayed”.
According to Foota, some female artists in Jamaica ‘had taken sides with Satan, and had pushed God and righteousness aside.’