Jamaica’s broadcast commission has announced that all explicit references to sex and violence are now BANNED from the airwaves.
The Associated Press is reporting that new rules from the island’s equivalent to our FCC will now ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson.
The announcement is part of an ongoing decency campaign. On February 6th the commission targeted and banned dancehall tunes and videos depicting “daggering” a relatively new dance which features pelvic grinding in a simulated sex motion. Under the regulation, both Hip-Hop and Soca music are also being effected.
The move has caused a considerable amount of backlash as many have defended “daggering” as a form of expression. Advocates state that given the state of the Jamaica’s ecconomy in the face of a world wide recession that could drive the island back into poverty, the Government should focus its attentions elsewhere.
Well what do you think? Is the Jamaican Governement right? Are they doing too much? Should they have greater priorities to address?