Obscenity Fines? What A Joke!

I am a huge dancehall fan so I am use to all the hardcore lyrics about killing each other, cursing, swearing and of course the mandatory calls for gays to be wiped off the face of the earth. I expect all of this when I listen to a new Stone Love recording or head to a stage show on or off the island and I honestly think other dancehall fans expect it as well. So why all the obscenity fines?

It makes me laugh that the government will charge someone like Bounty Killer $75 for swearing at a stage show when the man is an international celebrity. What are they hoping to accomplish? I certainly hope that the process for paying the fine is painful for him because the $75 isn’t going to hurt him any!

Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world (1,300+ per year) and I would guess that there were at least 1,500 more “legal” shootings involving police or licensed gun carriers on top of that. So if you really wanted to protect your society, wouldn’t you rather fine the man for preaching gun violence rather than dropping an F-bomb here or there? Their intentions are good but I don’t think that they have really thought this through.

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