In a display of unyielding defiance against the LGBTQ+ agenda, Jamaican dancehall veterans Bounty Killer and Sizzla Kalonji have voiced their strong objections to the appropriation of the rainbow colours.
Bounty Killer, during a recent performance in Portmore, passionately defended the belief that no group can claim ownership of the natural colours featured in a rainbow. He urged people to wear any desired colours, emphasizing that rainbows are God-given and not exclusive to any particular community.
Similarly, Sizzla Kalonji, known for his fiery views, expressed his displeasure towards the LGBTQ+ movement during a performance in Half Way Tree. He criticized the United States for allowing male invasion of female spaces and for promoting LGBTQ-related materials in Jamaican schools. Sizzla firmly stated that such elevation should be reserved for national heroes like Marcus Garvey and Nanny, not individuals associated with the LGBTQ+ community.
Both artists passionately opposed any push for transgenderism, with Sizzla highlighting the detrimental impact it could have on young people. He stressed the importance of protecting children from experiences that might terrify and confuse them. Sizzla urged the Jamaican government not to legalize practices that could disrupt traditional norms and values.
The strong stance of Bounty Killer and Sizzla against the LGBTQ+ agenda has not come without consequences. Bounty Killer’s US visa has not been granted; many believe it’s due to his unwavering views. However, both artists seem unfazed and remain steadfast in their beliefs, emphasizing that their careers do not hinge on a visa.
Their expressions of disapproval come amidst an ongoing diplomatic row between the United States and Jamaica over the accreditation of the same-sex spouse of an American diplomat. As these dancehall icons continue to use their platforms to voice their beliefs, the conversation around LGBTQ+ rights in Jamaica remains a heated and contentious topic.