Lisa Hanna says she has absolutely no fear of the criminal minded, Vybz Katel inspired hooligans who sent her death threats on social media last week. The death threats came after Hanna suggested that music from convicted murderer Vybz Kartel should be banned from the public airwaves.
Hanna reiterated her views that violent and sexually explicit lyrics had negatively influenced many Jamaican youth’s thought processes, resulting in increased feelings of hostility and aggression which she described as the “new normal”.
“The disgusting comments on my social media pages exposed the dark and vitriolic underbelly of this new normal and justified the point I was making,” the former Miss World said.
“The undisguised violence and vulgarity of the disagreements posted and the sheer volume of antisocial attitudes were like megaphones screaming at Jamaicans to wake up and smell the decay into which Jamaica’s proud history of decency and mutual respect has plummeted,” said Hanna.
Hanna despite being threatened by fans of Vybz Kartel continues to tell it like it is, “we turn a blind eye to radio airplay of new productions by persons we know are incarcerated and so may have been abetted by corruption in our prison system.We should be prepared to have a national discussion about messages glorifying criminality being conveyed to our children that’ll ultimately bring deleterious consequences”.
Last week, Hanna stated that she disagreed with the production of music by convicted persons, including dancehall artiste Kartel who was in the spotlight for receiving five awards in this year’s renewal of the Youth View Awards.
Her remarks triggered a torrent of violent responses in defense of Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer. Thee were threats of raping and killing her and some even worse.
“When it comes to women’s, and especially children’s rights, I speak out without fear of any reprisal,” Hanna struck back, adding: “I pray that all Jamaicans who value common decency will find the courage to push back against this new normal and defend Jamaica’s true culture. If we lose this battle, however unpopular the battle or its choosing may be, we will have lost Jamaica.”