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Gays and Sparta : What Tommy Lee May Not Know

The Gaza is such a wonderful place. From the majestic causeway, rising above the pristine waters of the Caribbean sea, to the sweet song of mosquitoes singing lazily by your ears; who could deny the beauty of the Gaza? That most wondrous place in Portmore, St. Catherine has given Jamaica some of its best dancehall talents. The Gaza is a place where stars are made. Who could forget being taken to the Ramping Shop? Who would dare forget the thrill of wearing a Clarks? Or the absolute pleasure of jumping in the benz punani and taking it for a ride? Such fun times. In more recent times, Tommy Lee has invited us to ancient Greece, to the era of the great Greek warriors, the Spartans.

The self styled Uncle Demon has invited legions to his cause, complete with girls who give fatal fellatio, but how much does Tommy Lee know about the Spartans? And did anyone ever stop to tell him these warriors frequently practiced homosexuality? This is a serious issue, considering the Werl Bawse declared that “nuh batty cyaan f@%k pan di Gaza”. Where exactly does Tommy Lee keep his Spartan warriors, and what does Kartel have to say about it? The term “Spartans” refer to the residents of the ancient Greek city state of Sparta. The Spartans were known for having a unique social system and a well developed constitution, one of the very first known constitutions in the world. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Spartan culture was the military. This is where Tommy Lee comes in.

You see, “uncle demon” appears to fancy himself a citizen of Sparta, and not just a citizen, but a warrior, a member of the army. This is where it gets interesting. You see, the Spartan army practiced homosexuality on a wide scale. Sleeping with your comrades was seen as a morale building exercise and it was believed that this led to a stronger military unit. In addition to this, pederastry was also widespread. Pederasty was a practice in which an older gentleman would take a young boy and train him to be a man. The two males would frequently have sex. This was an integral part of ensuring the youngster was strong and masculine. For those of us who watch Spartacus, you’ll recall the various examples of this practice seen throughout the series. Isn’t it funny how we stigmatise homosexuals and in another culture the practice was seen as the ultimate expression of masculinity? Anyhow, in light of all that, why would Tommy Lee focus so heavily on being a Spartan warrior? No, I’m not suggesting anything. Perish the thought. This is not something unique to Tommy Lee, but something I realise in general. We often follow fads and trends, sometimes without knowing the historical or cultural significance of said trend. Do you remember planking? Countless African Americans and caribbean nationals latched on to the practice, not knowing it was once used to humiliate and punish our ancestors. The same principle seems to apply to “uncle demon”.

So obsessed is Mr. Lee with being a warrior, a bad man and apparently a killer, that he has missed what it takes to be a Spartan warrior. He wants to be a warrior, but I don’t think you can be a Spartan warrior and not be committed to the cause. Is Tommy Lee willing to undergo the team building exercise necessary to belong to the Spartan army? Is he willing to handle all a di badniss that will come backa dat? Are any of you who chant “Sparta!” on my timeline daily willing to? I don’t think so, or are you? 😐 I say all this to say, we need to be aware of what we allow to influence us and what trends we follow. Don’t just follow something because it looks good or sounds good, understand what it’s about and the origins, if any. This is the fundamental problem I have with Gaza fans; there seems to be an unholy indoctrination taking place. Whatever comes out of the Gaza is gospel, and no one stops to scrutinise it. Well, due scrutiny needs to be given to this Spartan idea. I don’t think you can be a Spartan and not be a team player, so maybe the Werl Bawse should reconsider his declaration on anal sex. Uncle Demon is, after all, a Spartan. Isn’t he? 🙂 Maybe being a Spartan means something else to Tommy Lee. Just maybe.

The Gaza stands today as a proud symbol of local government reform in Jamaica. The municipal Mayors have included the overweight to the very old. The Gaza boasts a population two times that of Barbados, and is well on the way to becoming Jamaica’s 15th parish. The Gaza is a prime spot during the winter months, this swamp like region provides high temperatures and thick humidity, small cottage like structures that pass for houses with shared walls that betray lovers who may become too loud in the moment. Who would dare deny the beauty of the Gaza? Certainly not me, certainly not me.

*Information on Spartan culture taken from the National Geographic Channel and The Smithsonian Channel.





37 responses

  1. Nicco

    thoroughly loved this post…. finally someone who picks up and the fact that youths are behaving foolishly and hanging on every word of the Gaza. My oldest brother always told me those that support kartel and the whole Gaza kru are foo foo. Tommy Lee, the new face of The Gaza,is a perfect example the foolery that people cling too. Well done and I hope the post will be seen by many.

    September 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

  2. Duttyberry

    Nice blog Rico…. As usual

    September 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  3. Remember kids, not just battymanism, kiddy-fucking

    September 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

  4. Agreed we should know the meaning of the words we use but Spartans aren’t known for there homosexuality they are known for there warrior personas and there dominance comparing your self to them does not mean you are gay and no one in there right mind would think that if he had compared himself to the Romans that would be a different thing they are known mostly for being up in the rear. Lastly on that subject of planking it is said to have been used to punish and humiliate slaves in the past now a days planking is a form of exercise some fools took it and made a challenge out of it and it spread like wildfire a lot of people don’t know this but the question is now do we try to banish this form of exercise or use it for what it is now?

    September 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • Mr thompson

      The romans were the homosexuals and boy lovers….what the spartans did t make sure there men were tough was to make sure there women were tough as well to make tough babies….true tommy Lee can’t be a spartan as Spartans are chosen at birth an if a spartan baby was too flimsy and weak he would be discarded at birth as there i no place in sparta for wakness….

      European historian S.Thompson

      December 31, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  5. Snookes

    Well then!

    September 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

  6. TipTee

    So well read, so well said!

    September 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

  7. danger 1

    tommy lee a fish a corrupt the youth them mind with him devil self

    September 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

  8. Lol @ opening and closing paragraphs. Good blog!

    September 13, 2012 at 11:11 pm

  9. Please Note

    Not all houses in Portmore share walls sir and Tommy Lee is not from Portmore.

    September 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

  10. Well said, I enjoyed and agree 100%

    September 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

  11. Well said, I agree 100%. I enjoyed reading this post.

    September 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  12. Alec

    Tommy lee a R@$$ illiterate and mi still no understand how people listen to him.
    Sometimes its best to spread your own bed in hell, it might not be comfortable for you.

    September 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

  13. Kinsgley Morgan

    Well said Mr. Editor. We often times forget to sit and analyse something that the mass of the population is supporting and even if we do, we fall in the minority so its like our opinions don’t matter. I think the Spiral of Silence Theory speaks to this; where the opinions of the majority overshadows and in some cases nullifies the opinions of the minority. This article calls on us to think for ourselves and not take everything as Gospel just because most people are.

    September 16, 2012 at 11:34 pm

  14. Just Saying

    Loved it. In response to the comment made by ‘Please Note’: Tommy Lee may not be from Portmore but he is a part of the Gaza which was established in Portmore. As for the house structures let’s just say 3 out of 5 houses share walls.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    • Mr thompson

      Gaza is a fucking strip off the western coast of fucking Israel not fucking port more…Gaza is as big as tortuga Gaza and Israel are always fighting for land that’s why Martel took the name Gaza Cruz its a fucking warzone

      December 31, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      • I see you’re not familiar with sarcasm.

        January 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm

  15. kim

    he is a disgrace to reggae music , i dnt knw him personally bt i hate him i hate hearin his name it make me get upset, he messing up our young ppl

    November 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • mr.thompson

      i wonder if you knw that kartel doesnt give a shit if you like him or not if you die he doesnt give a shit…. if you liv fuck it….. he still dont give a shit so just hop off the man……..people like you i know the world wouldnt miss if you fucking died today

      January 27, 2014 at 4:54 pm

  16. LiberalElite

    This article is ignorant, ill informed and opinionated. You need to stop giving people misinformation and go back and read ancient history about the spartan, homosexuality is practiced in every culture and society from ancient times, including now and ours. I say bs on this article, tommy lee is an artist and he’s being artistic, art is a form of entertainment. you suck!

    November 12, 2012 at 12:18 am

    • Fans of the Gaza are usually sheep like in their thinking, I can see you’re no different. The information I presented was carefully researched and confirmed by the stated sources. Still, I thank you for your comment. An opinion, however useless, is always welcome.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:22 am

  17. well since I first heard the word “Sparta” i wondered what it meant so I entered into my dictionary and found the same definition as yours but what i think is that he doesn’t look at his use of Sparta as that he thinks of it as something else like just a name and fun u never know the truth behind his music and slang

    January 18, 2013 at 11:32 pm

  18. he can’t be judged for what kids do today or what anyone does because of his music I personally know that everyone has a mind of his own they can choose right or wrong he just doing his thing he can be blamed

    January 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  19. At the end of it all you people aren’t the ones who have to answer to God for what they did they have to answer for themselves as much as you by the way I don’t know Tommy Lee personally I’m just a 14 year trying to enjoy my life and i think he also want to live his life

    January 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  20. anon

    stfu how do you know hes talking about ancient sparta? fuckin usin the man name for fame smdh

    February 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    • What other sparta would he be referring to?

      February 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  21. Dr. Preki

    The name Sparta, as it is used by the artiste is for a community in Montego Bay, from which he hails. It is just like Gangnam Style. The use of the name is simply to rep his community. The naming of the community is not something that he created, nor can he change it. That apart, meanings exist on several levels and the connotative or contextual meaning is often most important in our dialectic. Certainly, Sparta speaks to being disciplined, focus, rigid and strong (see the movie 300). No doubt, homosexuality is ancient and ubiquitous and was not, as is suggested by your post, the definitive marker of what it meant to be Spartan. Hence, it is not the case that the artiste should be chastised for this. In fact, every dancehall artiste has a name can be associated with some folly or something negative. The question should always facilitate an engagement of artistic intention. In terms of lyrics, Tommy Lee has not said anything that I have not heard being said in my community within the last 30 years. Also, during his performances at Sting 2011, 2012 etc I did not notice any children jumping to, and enjoying his music. His fan base are not children as we love to say of every new dancehall artiste over the past 20 years. Does he perform music with violent, lascivious or problematic content? Yes. Does he also do music that are anti-violence, progressive and meditative? Absolutely. Let us be more informed and less biased in our utterances re all aspects of our culture. To end, there is no empircal evidence that Tommy Lee Sparta is any more or any less influential than any other artistic practitioner. Those things cannot be objectively studied so maybe we need to do some other kind of engagement as opposed to the blame game.

    February 13, 2013 at 8:03 am

  22. Ashleigh

    Dem liars, dem seh tommy is a batty but nuh ,,,,, fuck yuh

    March 29, 2013 at 11:24 am

  23. yes i agree with you tommy lee well know what the word spartan mean he is a devil worshiper

    June 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

  24. I dont understand the massage from tommy lee’s songs!they sound like gospels

    November 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  25. kelly

    dem apeople yah byetta nuh tommy

    January 12, 2014 at 3:48 am

  26. barbee

    Tommylee is amazing as a artist as well as a person. Everyone making assumptions. Quit it. Jealousy and intimidation control so many of you. You dont need to understand him. Like him or move on….


    March 6, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  27. Fu*k tht history shit were talkin about real killers here. Tommy lee is the best dance hall artiste ever. sPARTANS- YOOOO

    March 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm



      December 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

  28. Beirut

    what is it about at all?ya niggaz should let Tommy enjoy his life,he is just a humble kid doing great music.fuck ya all n ya history

    November 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

  29. ashlee

    do you not realize that his” army “consists of three females?!??!…..destiny ,tabeta ,and stylysh…those are his soldiers

    November 10, 2014 at 9:48 am


    U ALLL LEAVE TOMMY LEE ALONE I AM HIS BIGGEST FAN SO LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2014 at 11:55 am

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