Mr Vegas was thrown out of the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) on Sunday (May 27) after he found himself on the wrong side of Pastor Gino Jennings and his partisan crowd.
The anticipated verbal face-off between Dancehall entertainer and pastor at the mid-year convocation ended in ignominious fashion for Mr Vegas as a cadre of security personnel forcibly removed him from the venue.
“He tried to get into a back and forth with me because that is his style, but I didn’t do that. I had studied him and I knew his tactics, and knew that once you started to talk, he would jump in and cut you off. Eventually, he ordered the organisers to shut off my mike and ordered the security personnel to usher me out and dem drag me by mi neck,” Vegas told media reporters.
Pastor Gino Jennings had been expected to use the Bible to clarify statements that he made when he labelled fashion-forward women in the church as ‘hoes’.
“You so called Christian looking hoes, jumping in some church, flopping your ankle chains around. On the choir, breasts hanging out, lips all red, nails painted red, purple, blue, green, long like bird claws, all this fake hair, breasts implant, toe nails painted with little fake diamonds in it, your toes ain’t richer. You’re nothing but a prostitute,” the Pastor said.
He had been widely condemned for his utterances after the clip of the late December broadcast started to circulate on social media earlier this year.
Mr Vegas was one of several prominent Jamaicans who had criticised the pastor, and he had accepted an invitation from the organisers to challenge the pastor. However, the debate had a premature end.
During the session, Mr Vegas said his purpose at the debate was to”stand with every woman in the world who is against sexism, verbal and physical abuse”.
“When I listen to Pastor Gino Jennings calling females whores, prostitutes for wearing nail polish, it instantly reconnected me with my mom’s fingers,” he said to the audience.
The entertainer said that his mother was a domestic helper who was left with blistered nails and ripped fingers. He said that if his mother were alive today, he would send her to a salon to get her nails done.
“I would never look at my mom as a whore. I would never look on a lady with lipstick, make-up as whores,” he said.
Jennings, speaking before an adoring audience, said he did not say a woman is a whore because she wears make-up, false hair or jewellery. He said the look of a whore includes make-up. According to Jennings, if a nurse dresses like a cop, people will think she is a cop, and if she dresses like Jezebel, she will be viewed as Jezebel.
The much-hyped debate descended into a shouting match as Vegas found himself no match for Jennings and his supporters who effectively muted his voice. The artiste targeted a member of the audience as he sought to build an argument but a worked up Jennings would have none of it.
“Debate Pastor Jennings like a man, debate Pastor Jennings or sit down, debate Pastor Jennings or get out,” the pastor said.
At that point the stage was set for a Vegas takedown. The deejay complained that his microphone was cut and was unable to stay on message and Jennings taunted and teased him like a high school bully.
“Call your chapter and your verse,” Jennings repeated as he dared Vegas to find support in the scriptures that women should wear make-up.
Failing to find a verse Vegas dared Jennings to play the tape of his infamous sermon. The clergyman, however, seemed to have had enough. He urged security officers to usher Vegas out of the building. The entertainer resisted and was forcefully pushed out of the building.
Meanwhile, a clip of an irate Mr Vegas outside the church was circulating online, with the entertainer shouting.
“You were ready to kill a ni**er because of the Willie Lynch syndrome’ and saying: ‘ You all better get your IDs, get your IDs and your permit,” Mr Vegas said while his camera phone filmed the scene.
“You stupid ni**er, you want to shoot a ni**er who is defending your mama! Stop being a weak nigga, don’t hold him back, let him shoot. Let him shoot, he ain’t got the heart.”
Mr Vegas found the behaviour of his fellow Jamaicans as disheartening.
“It’s sad to see Jamaicans, policemen and those acting as security so willing to sell out a fellow brother of the soil like that. It just shows that foreigners can use material things and buy we out. it’s something with black people as a whole, God has nothing to do with slavery, it’s Willie Lynch syndrome, we will sell out each other for money,” he said.