How often have you heard some Jamaican deejays citing their homophobic lyrics for the reason their visas have been cancelled or the reason they can’t get a US work permit?
If the story sounds family that’s because you hear it too many times to count.
Well some light has been shed on the situation courtesy of an Editor’s forum which took place at the Gleaner with
Public affairs officer at the United States Embassy in Kingston, Joshua Polacheck.
According to him some Jamaican entertainers who say they are being kept out of the United States because of homophobic lyrics are not telling the truth.
He revealed that some have “never” been denied visas or had them taken away over matters such as anti-gay lyrics.
“No artiste has ever been refused a visa for artistic reasons, and that includes promoting views that are either loving or repelling. The market may not choose to employ them. Sometimes no one wants to hire them and they are using that as an excuse,” he said.
He also said that if their visas were canceled it had nothing to do with their music.
He said that for a person to get a performer’s visa, a US promoter must petition for the artiste to enter that country for a show or to do a tour. If they are not performing in the US then chances are promoters don’t see them as having worth the effort.
Polacheck also zoned in on Chronixx and Jah Cure.
“He has said things that are a direct insult to the President of the United States. … If Chronixx had insulted the president of the PRC (People’s Republic of China) he would never be allowed in China again.”
As for Jah Cure he said that persons like artiste Jah Cure, who served time in prison on a rape conviction, will never be granted a US visa.