The fast rising dancehall sensation, Gully Bop, recently boasted that he had a lot of children but he only took care of three financially. He said he only have sexual intercourse with with rich women or women who have rich men, so he don’t have to worry about the financial well being of the children. Well that did not sit too well with Jamaica’s education minister, Ronald Thwaites.
The minister took the opportunity while speaking to children at the Montego Bay high School for girls, to give Gully Bob a real tongue lashing. The minister even went as far as to refer to Gully Bop as Gully flop. Below are the minister’s statements to the students:
I don’t want to criticise him too much, because I only heard it second hand. But I gather that recently there was an interview, it must have been on some video or television, of a man called Gully Flop… have I got that right? And when this person, whoever he is, was asked about his children, he said yea, he has plenty children but he only looks after three or so because he makes it a pattern that he only deals with a woman who is working or a woman who has a man who is working.
I want to tell you, that’s what’s keeping Jamaica back, and what’s cranking us in education, is the weakness of the family structure in this country. And you (students) are old enough for me to say to you this evening that the greatest shackle of the slavery that we all went through in different roles, was the destruction of the African family form.
The most important thing that we can ever be in life is not to be prime minister or Usain Bolt or Shelly Ann (Fraser) or anybody else, but it is to be a good parent. And you are preparing for that right now by your very involvement in the Kiwanis movement and in the service that you give.
What we know, what science and observation tell us is that those young people who have a stable relationship, and a helpful relationship with at least one adult person, and preferably the two, whose activity brought them into this world, are going to do better.
Gully Bop continues to ride his wave of success since reemerging onto the music scene a few months ago.