I’m starting to think that my inspiration to write comes to me whenever I’m in a JUTC A/C yellow bus. I’m somehow calm and my creative juices flow. Anyhow, I digress; on to the matter at hand. You didn’t click this link to be subject to an advertisement of JUTC’s bus service.
A few weeks ago I was privy to a conversation between three individuals which prompted me to write Gays and Bacch-Anal. The post attracted a considerable amount of interest and commentary and raised several questions, some of which remain unanswered. My readers, I feel so important saying that, appeared split down the middle on what kind of behaviour was appropriate for bacchanal and whether the spotlight should only be on gays, since; as one comment phrased it, “straight people carry on bad too.” Additionally, is Jamaica’s society moving to a place where the open expression of homosexuality is acceptable? And if this is true, what does that mean for the soca culture and the society at large?
For as long as there has been art and religion, there has been controversy about how art portrays the sacred and the divine. From Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” to Madonna’s song “Like A Prayer”, there has been continued debate about hidden messages in art and allegations of witchcraft and wizardry against the artistes; whether they be sculptors, painters or musicians.
The latest addition to this list of controversial figures is the infamous and much celebrated Lady Gaga. Often eccentric, Gaga has been the subject of much discussion; from her choice of clothes to her lyrics. Her latest single titled “Judas“, released in the holiest period in Christendom, celebrates the figure who is largely held to be the reason why The Christ was crucified. The song flies in the face of all that christians hold to be holy and sacred. Listening to the song, one gets the impression that Gaga is making a mockery of the betrayal, denial and crucifixion of Christ. This of course raises the very important question, does she have a right to do this? This blog says yes, she does.
Last night while commuting home on my hottaz JUTC A/C yellow bus (you know how I roll), I overheard a conversation that piqued my interest. Two young men and a young lady where discussing what the young lady termed “di invasion of battyman at Mas Camp cuz of Bacchanal”. The guys, one feminine in behaviour (I can’t remember how to spell ‘effiminate’ or ‘effeminate’ and I’m too lazy to check) and the other quite masculine, were adamant that the girl was closed minded and shouldn’t be painting all men who attend Mas Camp for Bacchanal as “battyman”.
As we cruised along in A/C comfort, the girl made an allegation that rang true to me, at least in part. She claimed the only reason gays, (wait, is that word offensive? Should I use the politically correct ‘homosexuals’?), go to Mas Camp is because the cover of soca music gives them the chance to behave “outrageously and disgusting”, I had said I agreed with her in part because I’m not sure the behaviour is ‘disgusting’; as I’ve never personally been to Mas Camp.
He waits patiently for his timeline to refresh.
He scans his timeline, anxiously trying to spot that name @_______.
Is it healthy for him to casually stroll across your timeline? Is it healthy for him to check what you tweeted while he slept?
He has a crush.
He has finally found the courage to tell you, “I have a huge crush on you…”