The US based media outlet has released ‘Beautiful Girls’ visuals as a promo for their gay documentary titled ‘The Gully Queens of New Kingston.’
‘The Gully Queens of New Kingston’ highlights a growing community of gay and transgender youth living in the Jamaican capital’s storm drain system on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston, Jamaica.
The ratchet gay men and trans get high in extremely feminine fashion, wearing make up with female apparel to working their tongues around ‘Lollipops’ and blowing kisses at the camera, with some twerking.
According to tons of aggressive and disturbing reactions via social media, the visuals released by VICE News is apparently disrespectful to not only Vybz Kartel but heavy mass of anti-gay Dancehall fans.
Much outrage has been coming from fans and associates of Vybz Kartel following the use of one of his songs as the soundtrack for a video showing crossing-dressing and homosexual men in New Kingston.
After a career spent denouncing homosexuality, Vybz Kartel, much doubts are that the Jamaican dancehall star would not approve of this video for his song “Beautiful Girl,” co-directed by Andy Capper and Adri Murguia.
The video was filmed on location during a shoot for a Vice documentary in Kingston, Jamaica, where the city’s LGBT youths have been isolated from society by discrimination and violence to live in the city’s storm drains and sewers.
With a fog machine, a generator and some studio lights, the gyrating youth take the genre’s powerful sexuality and turn into an occasionally direct confrontation to the Jamaican society.
So Unique producer Elvis Redwood said he is appalled by the actions of Noisey, which is the music channel for a magazine called VICE.
“We disapprove of this. We distance ourselves from it. They didn’t ask for clearance and we have nothing to do with it,” said Redwood, who says he is the man in charge of Adijaheim Records and Short Boss Records.
“We are just disappointed that they used the artiste’s song in a video like that without approval. We are against homosexuality and it is illegal in Jamaica.”
In a press from Noisey, acknowledging their disturbing viewers:
“While making a documentary on The Gully Queens of New Kingston, a growing community of gay and transgender youth living in the Jamaican capital’s storm drain system on Trafalgar Road, we met people that had been driven below the depths of the city by desperation. This unique community has found solace in the lyrics of street life and struggle of the recently incarcerated singer Vybz Kartel, a national hero of sorts and considered “The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto” by many.
This was the perfect opportunity for us to come together and make a somewhat surreal video for their favorite artist, with its challenges along the way…
Electric shocks and twerking came hand in hand. With our generator and lights teetering over the water of the gully and each gully queen dancing harder than the last, it was a dangerous but powerful shoot (and luckily no one got fried).”
However, Noisey did revealed that Vybz Kartel did not sign off on the video:
“Kartel was unable to sign off on this video as an official promo, but we licensed the song and are putting it out there to show people a rarely seen side of one of our favorite places in the world.”
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is now serving life sentence in a maximum security prison. Kartel along three other men were convicted on March 13 for the 2011 murder of their friend Clive “Lizard” Williams over two missing guns.
Noisey also did the Snoop Dogg Reincarnated documentary, as well as other documentaries with dancehall artistes like Popcaan, Vawnessa Bling and Konshens.
Given the hostile history between Dancehall and the gay lifestyle, is this a disrespect to Vybz Kartel and the Dancehall culture?
Let us know what you think in the comments section.